Writing Wednesday: Introspection of the Shy Extrovert

Last Week’s Goals

I chose to skip Meandering Monday last week, and managed to feel a little less guilty about it (so a little success in my unofficial goal to not be a slave to my goals…), but my other two posts went out as scheduled. I had another couple of stories returned from markets, and sent them out to more publishers.

I completed another piece of short fiction (a flash piece called “Just  Stuffed”), which means three out of the planned eight short pieces for this year are done.

My next scheduled release date will be the third Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire collection on July 8th.

I wrote on six days, and only made my daily quota twice. I missed my weekly quota with 2,808 words of fiction on my continuing revisions of Swordsmaster #2 (it is now 113,197 words), and the completion of “Just Stuffed.”

Why Is Self Promotion So Hard for Me?

I’m a walking contradiction (partly truth and partly fiction – I think that’s from a Kris Kristofferson song, but not what I was starting to say.) I am timid. I don’t engage at parties (I don’t go to many either) – I just sort of sit back and observe and hope I won’t be noticed. But if I am noticed, I can put on a good show – such a good show that when I tell people I’m an introvert they don’t believe it.

Then again, what introvert would volunteer that they’re an introvert? It may seem an oxymoron, but it takes an extrovert to admit to something like that.

I acted from sixth grade until my early twenties (and if I’d had time and other interests hadn’t crowded theatre out, I might still have been doing it. How could I be an introvert and still act? There’s a difference between performing scripted material and adlibbing. (That almost explains my karaoke singing, but not so much my acapella singing wherever I happen to be in public. Of course, singing made Mel Tillis’ stutter disappear…)

This affects my marketing, especially when coupled with my lack of selling drive (I once trained to sell vacuum cleaners, but couldn’t handle asking people to spend money.) It’s very hard for me to ask people to buy my stuff.

When I attend web events or conferences, I rarely participate in the conversation – I learn vicariously through other people’s questions and conversations. I’ve had a couple of opportunities to speak to other writers at live events – to share war stories and experiences, or even just say hi, but I usually just try to drift by their table when their busy with someone else. It has occurred to me that I may not want to win the Writers of the Future contest (or place in one of the top twelve spots), because then, in addition to attending AND PARTICIPATING IN) the LIVE workshops, I would also have to make a speech at their annual spring gala.

Of course, I could write that speech in advance, so it wouldn’t be so bad. I think I can manage that.

Sometimes you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone. 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:

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