Like Wearing a Strait Jacket
My first book comes out next month—just four short weeks away—yet I’ve barely done any promo for it. Why? Because I’m scared.
Normally, I don’t mind being an introvert. It’s so much a part of who I am, that I’ve learned to live with it and overcome the parts of it I don’t like. But it’s really getting in the way of my promotional plan.
My fear has many facets. One is that people other than my CPs and editor will actually read my book. Yes, I know this is a good thing. It’s actually the point of getting a book published. But what if they don’t like it? What if certain people want to critique my steamy love scenes? What if my conservative family/friends/co-workers are offended by those steamy love scenes?
I have some great ideas for promo. I wrote much of this book at a certain coffee shop near downtown Seattle. I could hold a booksigning there. They know me by name. But that would require me asking the manager about this. What’s the worst that could happen? He could say no. BFD, yes, I know. But still, I haven’t gotten up the nerve to ask yet.
A friend of mine who has a big naughty toy party every year offered to have me sign books during the party this year, which is right around my release date. She hasn’t brought it up in a while, and I hesitate to remind her. Why? Because I’m afraid she’ll have changed her mind or think I’m bugging her. Even though I really don’t believe either of those scenarios, I still haven’t reminded her.
I have a favorite independent bookstore that I’ve been meaning to talk to about ordering my books and having a booksigning there. Haven’t done that either. You know why.
I haven’t posted any excerpts on any of my loops.
I haven’t contacted the owners of many of my favorite blogs to see if I can be a guest.
I haven’t put together any bookmarks, postcards, ANYTHING to pre-promote my book.
I feel like I’m wearing a straight-jacket. I really, really, really want to do all these things I’ve mentioned, but my hands are tied.
Anyway, my hope is that by putting my fears in print, it’ll motivate me to get off my introverted a$$ (gosh, I wish it really WERE introverted; it would fit much better in my jeans) and get promoting!
I also hope my fellow shy writers will have some tips for me. And my not-so-shy-writer friends can give me the proverbial butt kick I so desperately need.