No, not that kind of Indy adventure!!
So, I’ve never been one to be a big self-promoter. I’ve always been that quiet girl who looks like she’s either thinking, “Oh God, the way the light is catching the professor’s rogue eyebrow is amazing/awful/mesmerizing.” or “Should I have a burrito or a cheeseburger for lunch?” or “Maybe Nietzsche was just trolling?”
I’ve been going the indie route. I put Just for Kicks up on Amazon myself. I’m planning on doing the next couple the same way. Submitting manuscripts to the big publishing houses scares the dickens out of me. But, eventually, I’m going to be doing it.
My attempts at self-promotion have been pretty, well, cautious. I haven’t asked my friends to like my FaceBook author page. Part of me thinks that if people want to hear about my junk they’ll search it out, part of me doesn’t want to bother them. And there’s a huge component of imposter syndrome going on too. “OMG my book is so terrible maybe no one should read it so it’s better this way why am I even doing this?”
I read Amanda Palmer’s Art of Asking and I’d link to the Amazon page, but I set my SelfControl app to keep me from goofing around and hey, wouldn’t you know it, Amazon was one of the sites I blocked. Anyway. I really liked the book. I recently saw Kristen Lamb give a presentation. They didn’t cover the same things, but they were in the same ballpark. You need to find your people. You need to have a community.
Now, for an introverted little hermit who is pretty happy in front of a computer and spending prodigious amounts of time in my own head, this is a big ask. Like, I’m pretty awkward. While we’re at it, I’m pretty sure I have Aspergers. I’ve been reading about Aspergers in women and it answers all the questions I’ve had about my life. When you get glasses for the first time and all of a sudden, everything is in focus. It’s that kind of thing. Through this lens of Aspergers, EVERYTHING makes sense. Anyway. So, telling me I have to go find a community and find my people? Scary and daunting ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So, as you can see, I have a big task in front of me.
But, I am starting to learn this marketing stuff. I am trying to write blog posts that are informative and hopefully entertaining. I let my voice come through. I try to write about things that I would want to read. I look at people I respect who have built successful platforms and I know they had to put in the time and work. The only way to do it is to do it. So here we go.
How did you find your people?
And what are your favorite reference books for finding your people? Because if there’s one thing I can get behind, it’s definitely reading the how to’s instead of just getting down to it. 😀