(rolls chair into position)
tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap.
(taps on a ginormous microphone straight out the 40's)
LIVE FROM NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT, IT'S THE INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP! YES INDEEDIE DOODIE! FIRST WEDNESDAY IS NOW HERE, WHERE THE BESTEST AND BRIGHTEST WRITERS IN THE LAND CONGREGATE TO COMMISERATE THEIR INSECURITIES AND THEIR TRIUMPHS! LET'S GIVE BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THOSE WHO ARE BRAVE ENOUGH AND SMART ENOUGH AND GOSH DARN IT HAVE PEOPLE WHO LIKE THEM TO STAND UP AND TELL THE WORLD HOW THEY TRULY FEEL!
Can you picture yourself standing up in front of a large group of people doing an announcement like that? No? Well, it is something, if you're a writer, that you do every day that you have something out, or if you're writing something for future publication. You are exposing your naked self to the world for all to see and all to judge.
And let me tell you, sometimes it just ain't pretty. You'll be mocked, laughed at, raspberryed at, given harsh critique of your writing and of yourself...and that's just from your fellow writers in your tight circle of friends. The general public can be just as, if not worse, cruel to you as the people whose opinion you respect. Worst of all, they can do the one thing that we absolutely dread as a writer: they can ignore you.
Nobody wants to be ignored, so the only way to cure that ignorance is to get people to pay attention to you. But it has to be done in such a way so that you don't turn off the people you need the attention of the most. Get them involved with your writing project. Ask open ended questions when you come across a difficult spot and really need the advice of someone whose been there and done that (I did that a lot with my first novel). Hold a contest with the winner being inserted as a throwaway character in your latest.
The point is, you should try everything, within reason, in your repertoire of publicity/marketing items. Above all, don't let the naysayers plant that seed of doubt within you. Only you and you alone, can determine whether or not you can get the job done, and done to your satisfaction. Sure you can ask for help (in fact it's almost a requirement), but ultimately it's on you to take it to that next level.
Be true to yourself, because in the long run, you are the only person that you need to answer to.
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