Writing Wednesday: A Fear of Self Promotion

Last Week’s Goals

All three blog posts went out as scheduled. I had another 4 stories return from market, and they were sent back out to the next prospective publication.

Ups and Downs: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #3 completed its release weekend. My next scheduled release is July 8th, and will probably be my third Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire collection. If I follow the naming convention I started with, that would make it Cats of War III – not sure if I’ll continue that way. Maybe that title, but then a topical subtitle and a sub-subtitle. We shall see.

I wrote on five days last week, and missed my daily quota on all of them. I also missed my weekly quota, with only 1,927 words of fiction. Swordsmaster #2 is now at 111,728 words.

Bill Is an Annoyingly Shy Guy

I take online surveys, and sometimes they try to do personality profiles (shorter versions than the ones I took for career classes or jobs, but very similar.) I quite often find myself stuck right in the middle between introvert and extrovert. I want to stand out from the crowd, but at the same time, I don’t want to be noticed too much. I’m a walking contradiction (name that tune…)

I have a hard time doing self-promotion. I write, and want people to read it (and hopefully even BUY it), but I have a hard time saying “HEY! YOU SHOULD READ MY STORIES!” (it really does feel like I’m yelling rudely when I try.) But if I want people to read my stories, I have to do more than just put them out there.

I’ve been involved in a writing group for a little over a year now. Other than occasionally reading one of my stories to the group, or submitting a new one for critique, I haven’t said much of anything about my hundred or so pieces out there at various retailers. This past week I finally decided to toot my own horn a little – told them about my sale to The Arcanist, my latest honorable mention with Writers of the Future, and read my Silver Honorable Mention. I had so much to share, I forgot to mention the release of my latest Detective Jimmy Delaney collection – in the middle of its release.

I didn’t realize it until later, when I was patting myself on the back for promoting myself, that I had let another marketing opportunity slip by. I suspect that it wasn’t a mere accidental oversight – somewhere in the back of my mind, I’m sure my introvert sabotaged that opportunity. Just saying…

Current Book Promotions

In a Flash Detective Jimmy Delaney eBook CoverPurrMission-MainTall_025For  information and links for my current promotions (including the FREE starter eBooks for my Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series and my Detective Jimmy Delaney series), look HERE on my CURRENT BOOK PROMOTIONS page.

Reaching Out

William Mangieri’s writing has been published on Daily Science Fiction and The Arcanist. His ninety or so short stories and related collections can be found at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Want to help me make a go of this writing gig WITHOUT IT COSTING YOU A PENNY? I’m in the Amazon Affiliates program, so any time you click one of the links I provide here to my books on Amazon, and then make a purchase of something like, say, a TV, I get a small percentage of Amazon’s profit. So PLEASE consider using one of my links to get to Amazon before you make that next purchase. Thanx!


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