Promoting yourself: Are you being a pain?

 

IMG_6346How far do you promote yourself and your books? Do you do it to the point that people turn away when they see you coming? Do you do so much or ask for so much that people rather not be bothered? Self promotion for any business is tough. Some people do it well and some struggle at it.

All one has to do is look at the TV and see those who have done it well or were in some cases at the right place at the right time. I would love to be at the right place at the right time when it comes to my writings. Some of those places are conferences and author meets. There you are vying for the attention of the big leaguers along with a hell of a lot of other authors trying to do the same thing. It’s a tough business. Don’t let anyone convince you it isn’t.

There are so many avenues we can try, doing them all will drive you batty, and let’s not forget there are always new avenues to try. If you don’t want a life or prefer not to spend time with your family then hey knock yourself out and go for it. Health wise you might want to rethink that.

When someone told me years ago that writing was the easy part, I laughed for I was still in the process of writing my first complete book. Since then I have given this same advice to a number of writers. They, like I did, didn’t believe it until they saw for themselves.

It’s crazy out there once you are done your book. Just don’t forget to breath and not piss off any potential readers or people who are willing to help you.

Will you notice me if I’m gone?

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If you died, how long would it take before anyone on your social media noticed? We talk to a lot of people in different formats such as Facebook, Twitter, G+, and LinkedIn just to name a few. But if we stopped the flow of activity would anyone notice?

This topic hit me last week when someone texted me saying they had not seen me online lately and was wondering if I was okay. That I had to admit was nice that someone noticed. Someone who had missed me. For let’s be honest, it is nice to be missed. It means someone paid attention, someone cares that you are not around. Who doesn’t like to be missed? I know I do.

We are so busy with our lives and our careers that sometimes we forget to check up on people or sadly even notice they haven’t posted, texted or made a reference that you normally would laugh at or agree to.

Life goes at such a fast pace and it seems to go faster as each year goes by. I would surely hate to lose touch with people while they are still with us. Let’s not forget those around us before it’s to late.

Japan loves my writing: Kind of

 

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I found out in March I sold an ebook in Japan. That makes three, maybe four, so far. I am starting to know what David Hassolhoff feels like when he is in Germany. LOL. I have no clue how people in this far away land are hearing about me. I know people who have been to and have lived in Japan but they are now back in the US. It doesn’t matter, not really. But I am curious what marketing tool I am using or doing that is working in the Land of the Rising Sun. For I would definitely be doing more of it.

Checking my stats I have sales in Egypt, Japan, England, Spain, New Zealand and the good old United States. That is definitely a pretty good feeling.