I found the most delightful blog for writers this week, and I want to pass these links on to you, especially those of you who consider yourselves introverts. As a matter of fact, these posts will be as interesting to bloggers and other readers as they will be to writers.
The blog is Shrinking Violet Promotions: Marketing for Introverts. The bloggers are Mary Hershey and R. L. LaFevers
First of all, I want to point you toward The Introvert's Bill of Rights.
I'm especially fond of #23: "Introverts are allowed to (and actually like to) eat dinner at restaurants or go to movies alone." I always thought I was weird, but apparently I'm just a good introvert.
You might also want to read this blog post: I Will Be Your Friend, But I Will Not Be Your Fan: A Rant About How Authors Use Social Media For Self-Promotion
There's so much I agree with in that post, and I'd love to know what other authors and readers think about blatant self-promotion. There's so much hype about marketing and how we must do lots of this and lots of that to sell our books. Is it all a waste of time?
The rest of the story: I'm especially interested in this topic because I've accepted an invitation to appear on a panel for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' October program. The title --From Real-World Bookstores to E-Book Promotion In the Virtual Universe: Strategic Marketing in 2010. My panel mates will be mystery author Beth Groundwater and former president of Pikes Peak Writers, author and media guy Ron Heimbecher.
If you leave a pithy comment today about any aspect of self-promotion or online book marketing, I might just quote you and add your blog's url to my handout.