Why promotion is scary...
First, let me say that for this week, 'SCUSE ME WHILE I KILL THIS GUY is available for 99 cents on Kindle! Check it out at dailycheapreads.com.
That's it. That's all I've got. I'm not a whiz at promotion. And my day job is Public Relations and Marketing for a nonprofit. That may sound bad. I'm not really clueless. At least, I hope I'm not.
I can promote events and services like a pro. I've had sell-out crowds at events for work and one of them was voted "Event of the Year" by the community. I can make you laugh and I can make you cry. But I don't know the secret to schilling my books.
Apparently, my books are good. Everyone from the Chicago Tribune to Publisher's Weekly says they are. But I still find it weird to toot my own horn.
I've heard that this is a woman thing - that men have no trouble throwing their egos (among other things) out there for all to see. Maybe that's true. But it doesn't make sense. I'm an OMG-off-the-charts Extrovert. I love public speaking. I performed in an improvisational comedy troupe in college. I love talking to folks at my book signings. So why can't I do this?
Part of it is that with all this technology - social networks, websites and blogs, I'm a bit overwhelmed. I know that online promotion can be a full-time job for authors when they KNOW where to start and what to do.
And if you are one of those authors, I am in awe of you. So I have this suggestion - you should write an ebook on how you do it and sell it online. I'd be the first in line to buy it. And then I might get this figured out.