This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG will be Allison Gammons, Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend!
I’m really shy about mentioning my books to people.
Sure, I talk about them here on my blog, and my website, and my Facebook and Twitter, but those are all places designated for talking about my books and meant to be resources for people looking for/discovering them.
My close friends and family all know I’m a published author, and my coworkers, and all know to varying degrees what I write, but to just tell random strangers that I’m a published author? Gah!
One of my coworkers could be my one-woman street team. She tells EVERYONE I’m a published author, and makes copies of my promotional material and hangs it up at her laundromat, and talks me up to everyone she meets. She’s one of those super-personable people who talks to everybody and makes a million friends, and since we work in the service industry, she comes in contact with a lot of people daily. I am endlessly grateful to her and for what she does–I never asked her to, she just does it. But when she mentions to someone right in front of me that I’m a published author, my face goes red.
I don’t know why. The few times I have told strangers (when it comes up organically in conversation) they’ve always been delighted, curious, and a few have even gone right to Amazon and immediately purchased my books! One guy even asked if he could take a picture with me and put it on Facebook. I’m always blushing profusely through these exchanges though, and trying not to sound stupid.
I guess the reasons I have for being so shy are:
- I don’t want to seem like I’m bragging. Even though I’ve never had anyone roll their eyes at me, quite the opposite. I’m still afraid they’ll be like “well lah-dee-dah, aren’t you special?”
- I’m not good enough. I’m not a bestselling well-known author. Ironically, if I was, I wouldn’t have to tell anyone about my books. While most people seem impressed, I still feel like a schlub.
- Maybe they won’t like the kind of things I write. Even though my aim is never to sell books in these exchanges, but just to tell people what I do, the way you’d tell someone you’re a veterinarian.
I envy those authors who are powerhouses of self-promotion and tell anyone who will listen what they do and what they write. Maybe one day I’ll be a little more confident and a little less shy.
What about you? Do you talk to people about your work?