I’m pleased to announce that my first book of poetry, “The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool” is now available on Amazon, Amazon Europe and CreateSpace eStore. It’s actually been available for a few days but the busyness of life has kept me from telling you all about it.
For me, this is the most difficult part of writing. When I finally finished this project I realized that I wasn’t truly finished. In fact, the real work had just begun. If you’ve self-published, you know exactly what I speaking of; promoting and publicizing your book. This is the difficult me because I’m not comfortable tooting my own horn. Unfortunately, being self-published means that task falls squarely and firmly on my own shoulders. If I don’t do it, no one will. There is no publishing house behind me with a team of professionals crafting a marketing campaign for my little book. No, without any experience in promotion and marketing, I have to do that myself.
It’s a challenging and scary process. How do you promote your own book without sounding self-serving? How much promotion is too much promotion? How do I promote my book in the first place? When? Where? How and how often? Questions fill this newbie writer’s head. I’ve found I have far more questions than answers. Fortunately, there are answers out there. Google will help me find some. There are online guides, blogs and books with oodles of suggestions. I can ask fellow writers for their experiences and what worked for them. With time and experience I’ll learn the ropes and the how and why of it will become easier.
Unfortunately, the core problem still remains for me and that’s being inherently shy. Yes, shy! As I mentioned before, I’m very uncomfortable tooting my own horn. Self-publishing requires it, however. The truth is that promoting and publicizing my book isn’t technically difficult. Sure, I need to learn how and where and when but I know I can learn that. Anyone can. It just requires time, effort and willingness. Willingness. The hard part is willingness and overcoming my shyness and the fear of appearing self-serving and self-absorbed by doing it.
The reality is that it is self-serving to promote your own book. Those who choose to self-publish need to come to that conclusion and realize that it’s OK. I wrote a book. If I want people to read that book, it’s up to me to show it to them. No one else will do it for me. For some this isn’t an issue. Indeed, many enjoy it as much as the writing. That’s not me and likely never will be. It is a skill I am willing to learn, however. So please bear with me as I learn the ropes. Hopefully, I won’t be too obnoxious in the process. If I learn anything worth sharing along the way, I’ll post about it here. Maybe it will save some other soul a little time, effort or embarrassment.
So, about promoting my book …
“The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool” is a collection of 44 poems, including some of my personal favorites, on a variety of topics. Through them runs a theme of the uncertainty in life and love. Life doesn’t come with guarantees, my poems reflect that. Life has highs and lows and they reflect that too. I hope you will be able to relate to my poetry and enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them. So take pity on this poor, shy Poetic Fool and check out my poems. Be sure to let me know what you think, especially if you feel you connect to any of them. That is, after all, why I wrote them in the first place. I’d love your comments here or in an Amazon review (subtle hint). Your thoughts and, yes, criticisms are always welcome. Thank you so much!