Thursday, February 21, 2013

Shameless Self-Promotion

Remember the commercial that shouted “Hey, Ma, look! No hands!” I was never one to call attention to myself or my achievements. I loved recognition as much as any other person. It was fine if someone else acknowledged my efforts at any one thing, but I couldn't brag on myself. In fact, I did all I could to fade into the woodwork, wanting to NOT be the center of attention.

I have gradually come to see that the world does not work that way. Let’s see, what is that saying? Oh yeah, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”! This has never been more true than in the writing arena right now. Publishing is changing so much, old ways are folding and now writers must push themselves forward through Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or whatever means they have.

I want to support my fellow writers whenever I can. I read their blogs, write them perky notes of appreciation, and buy their books as much as possible. DH knows when we go to the free poetry readings at the Pittsburg State University in the fall and spring, it means he has to dig in his wallet to get out of the place, as I bring home each writer’s work as a show of support. I have several books on my Kindle right now from lesser known writers or publishing houses  that I have not had time to read, but I put them there to read later… really, I bought them to support my fellow writers. It is a hard business and not getting any easier. A day job and slight hunger is no longer optional. Unless you are a Nicholas Sparks or James Patterson you won’t make a living at writing…you won’t even buy bread!

Patricia B. Smith, editor of the Fifty Shades of Santa and Cupid’s Quiver commented on the difficulty of publishing lately. “This is a long, slow  process of getting our name out there and building it to the point where readers automatically associate Welkin Press with good stories and are tempted to jump right in and buy. That doesn't happen overnight. And the good news is, that eBooks never go out of print!”

I had a story published in the latest Welkin Press book, Cupid’s Quiver. This is a delightful little book of tasteful romances, and it sells at as an e-book for a mere $3.99. I was paid royally with the pleasure of seeing my work not only printed, but it was printed with the likes of Donna Volkenannt, Linda O'Connell and Cindy Dagnan among others. I have met all these authors on the page and in person.

So here I am shameless self-promoting my work. But I am doing more than that, I am trying to support my writing community, other writers and editors and publishers out there trying to make it in a dog-eat-dog world of words. So if you are a writer, please support the publishing of other writers; if you are a reader, get the word out to other readers about good reads like Cupid’s Quiver. This e-book costs about the price of two average greeting cards these days, not including the postage.

We all will thank you!

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” 
Joseph Brodsky


Peg Nichols said...

Hi, Claudia --

I was delighted when I read the Table of Contents for Cupid's Quiver to realize that you were one of the authors. And Pumpkin Love put me right back in the Ozarks.

While my story, A Vested Interest, is not based on real persons, I do have barbershop singer friends who go out serenading on Valentine's Day.

I have family in Joplin, actually attended a Joplin Writers meeting probably a little over a year ago. Survived the May 21 tornado, was at IHOP with members of my family. My son began writing right away, had several different versions published (at no pay), but I was a zombie for months afterwards. Still am.

BECKY said...

Hi Claudia! Congratulations! I will buy the book when it comes out in print...which I hope is planned! I loved the way you wrote this post and I would NOT call it Shameless Self-Promotion, either. You used way more words about helping and supporting OTHER writers....unlike many of the blogs I've seen, and probably myself included at times. (unfortunately!) I know the
excitement we want to share, but some cross the limit and lack social graces. YOU, my dear, will never be thought of that way! I'm genuinely thrilled for you!! Yay!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Claudia, congratulations! Wow, it all sounds even harder than I thought, this book writing thing.

Thanks so much for your sweet comment on Becky's blog yesterday.

Kathy M.

Lynn said...

My husband had to build me a bookshelf to hold all those books that I purchase to support writers! Ha. And the next time I fire up my Kindle, I'll be purchasing Cupid's Quiver. Congratulations!

Susan said...

Hi Claudia...I don't have a kindle or a nook. Is the book going to come out in print?

I think it's WONDERFUL that you self-promoted. I like to support writers, too. Susan p.s. Thanks for all your visits and comments on my blog. You are a sweetie.

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