Promoting a Book for Introverts

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   I HAVEN’T GOT this far yet. But I have completed a manuscript and edited it twice. Next step is to print it off, make corrections and then have a beta reader (or two) go over it to catch anything I missed. I even have a second book nearly finished, which a lot of literary agents and publishers like to see.

As you’ll maybe know from a previous post, I am weighing up the option of going solo and self-publishing or going the traditional route, getting an agent and hopefully a book deal. Both routes have their challenges, but with a self-published book, if somehow the book is a success, I would make more money and pocket a bigger percentage of sales.
Of course if a publisher actually cares about the book, they might be able to promote the book and make it far more visible than I ever could on my own.

Here’s the crux of it. IF I get a book deal, in the best case scenario I’d be doing book promos at shops and events. That is a bit of a nightmare for me. I’d love to do them, but the other half of me hates that aspect, and makes me think that self-publishing is ideal for my personality. Speaking to lots of people isn’t as terrifying as it would have been in my teenage years, but it isn’t something  I’d relish doing.

Self-publish or publisher? Hmmm.

10 Comments

  1. I think, whether you self-publish or go the traditional route, self-promotion is inevitable. I just came back from a writers’ workshop on publishing and the message there was loud and clear – either way you have to develop a “platform” or following. A lot can be done online, but f2f networking is invaluable.

  2. I’m introverted but I’m also a spoken-word artist/actor. Who I am on stage completely contradicts who I am normally. I would much rather stand on stage and speak in front of a room full of people than to have face to face conversions about my book. I CRINGE just thinking about it.

    I’ve decided to go the self-publishing route myself. I tend to enjoy putting in the hard work myself and watching how it turns out. I know it will make me feel like I built something on my own and I can take pride in knowing that.

    1. Interesting. I’ve never acted but I would be mcuh the same. There’s a distance on stage, but one on one meetings, readings and chats are a different ball game. Still, if it meant I’d be making decent coin I’d do it!

  3. I’m certainly not the most extrovert or confident guy in the world, but I share your discomfort! Perhaps it’s best to send it to an traditional publisher first and then see if they have an interest in representing you.

    That is what I did, and when I received a dozen rejections, I turned my back on that route, and as a two-finger sign to those who had rejected me, chose to venture into the self-publishing field.

    SP is a bit of a lottery, with barriers to entry lowered. Pretty much anyone can submit their draft and throw up a cover image these days. This means that you will likely compete with LOADS of badly scripted wafer thin novels. It’s hard to stand out, but you don’t necessarily need to knock on doors to make things happen. I enjoy your content and blog posts and that is the first step to building a network. Whipping your draft into shape with beta readers, hiring cover illustrators, copy editor can all help your novel rise to the top.

    If self-publishing, most of your future readers will likely be swimming online already, in forums that you should start to frequent, and with digital sales a major revenue stream as opposed to POD for self-publishers you certainly don’t need to get your book on physical shelves to make waves or earn enough to pay the bills..

    Anyway…I’m probably rambling now! Best of luck either way!

    1. Much appreciated thanks for your advice, it echoes what a friend of mine has told me. Ultimately its great knowing that if a publisher doesn’t take me up I can fall back on a platform of SP, that might be even better anyway.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. One of my friends self-published and she had to do way more face-to-face type events to make it work. She attended all sorts of book clubs, book stores, book fairs, everything really. I suppose once people know your name and want to read your book automatically it might be different though! Also at least it is a bit comforting knowing that all the people that show are there to support you and are on your team!!! I’m looking forward to seeing which one you go with and how it goes!

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