One of the drawbacks of being an Indie author, for me, is having to do my own publicity. It’s not exactly my strong-point, in fact I’m rubbish (don’t have the long legs, long hair or a name ending in ‘a’ for starters!) And I'm not a natural performer. Some authors, like Giles Brandreth for instance, seem to just love being in front of the camera, or on stage at a literature festival. Like actors, they come alive before an audience. I’m better at it than I used to be; in the beginning I used to have to drink a couple of glasses of wine before the ordeal, just to get the courage to step onto the stage.
|Me being a Media Tart with Giles Brandreth|
Twitter is something I’ve taken up in the past year and quite enjoy in small doses. But I don’t have a smart phone, so have to do it on the computer when I have a spare moment - which is rare. Sometimes it just seems like One-More-Thing-I-HAVE-to-Do, rather than the fun it should be.
Facebook, like Blogging, seems to be a useful way of connecting with people and sharing information painlessly. My Facebook page is mainly for family and friends, rather than a business opportunity, and that’s the way I like it, but I don’t mind posting updates on what I’m working on - my family also want to know what I’m up to! I like the way Google keeps FB and Blogger linked together with its own platform (not so much fun if you use Wordpress) because it’s less work for me. I can share something on FB, Twitter and the Blog with a mouse-click. But it does all take time - which is the one thing I don’t have. There seems to be less and less time to write.
And I wonder, during one of those 3am sleepless episodes, when you start interrogating yourself ruthlessly, whether it’s worth it. Do my books sell any better for all this blatant publicity seeking? Or should I just abandon the effort and write more of the damn things instead?
|Being a Performing Animal at Dartington|
But it seems I’ve got to learn - there’s no-one to do it for me now. My books just don’t make enough money to pay anyone for publicity. And if I could learn to perform on stage for a literature festival, then I can learn to be a media tart in the cyber-jungle. You never know, I might get quite good at it, with or without the legs!
Kathleen's Blog at http://www.kathleenjonesauthor.blogspot.com
Cartoon Pic - thanks to Brenda at Tyne Bridge Morris. It’s brilliant! Anyone want to join a female Morris dancing group?