First there’s the fear of rejection. (Hmm. Twenty years of rejection letters later, nope. I’m okay with that one.)
Then there’s the fear of writer’s block. (No there, too. I’ve had stretches of blah and blank, but they don’t last. Like a hangover, I know the feeling will pass. And it does.)
Maybe the fear of bad reviews? (Oh, I got a doozy out of the gate from a big trade magazine and let me tell you, it broke the ice but quick. I wallowed then I moved on. The fact is—and this is the absolute truth—I am so thrilled that any one takes time out of their lives, time they could be doing a lot of other things, and reading a lot of other books, to read my book, whatever their opinion, good or bad, I want to hear it.)
What about the fear of talking in front of strangers at book club visits? (It is a well-known fact that, as well as good books, book clubs also enjoy wine, good food and good fun. These are my people. It will be like visiting with old friends. I can’t wait.)
So what does scare me about writing?
(Trust me. I just jumped. No, I’m serious. Feel my hand. Clammy, right?)
Now don’t get me wrong—I love talking about my book. Even more, I love listening to readers talk about my book. I feel grateful and fortunate, and I always will. But when it comes to marketing and sales, I freeze. It took me two weeks to get into my local B&N to ask to sign the stock. What was I waiting for?
I’ll tell you what. I felt pushy, self-absorbed.
When I post news of a generous review, I feel like that boastful kid your mother told you no one likes.
But no matter what your mother says, self-promotion is part of the job description, whether we like it or not. Whether we’d sooner have a root canal than tell a total stranger our pitch in a bookstore, the fact is that now more than ever, authors have to be their best cheering squad.
So that said, did you know that Deb Rachel’s book is releasing on December 20th???
What about you all? Do you think you’ve got what it takes to promote your book?