One Thing I’d Change

What one thing would you change about yourself as an author?

First off, I don’t think I’d change the way I write. One of the reasons I like being an author is that I can write the kind of books I want to read. If you can’t find them at the library or bookstore then write your own. No, with a few exceptions I’m happy with the way I write.

Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted, though. Our Monday fox touched a chord in me when she spoke of all the things that could get in the way of writing. Truthfully, though, since I retired I have all the time I need for writing so I don’t think I’d change anything here either.

What would I change? I don’t like to do book promotion. I’m really an introvert who hates to put herself out there in front of lots of people, but every author knows that if you want to sell any books, you have to promote them. I tell people about my books, but sometimes I feel like I’m boring them. I’ve done book signings, and most of them have been successful, but it’s so hard to make conversation with strangers even if it is about books. It’s hard to build a relationship with someone in those circumstances. In a perfect world I’d write the books and have a publicist do the promotion, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. No, if I want the books promoted I have to do it.

With that being said, some of my best times as an author have been when I connected with my readers.

Authors and readers give me some hints. What kind of promotion do you usually respond to?

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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6 Responses to One Thing I’d Change

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I like to meet readers, but I tend to do better connecting online than I do in person. This past year or so I’ve been doing more book signings with other authors, and observing the way other authors connect has taught me a lot. Yes, promotions are a necessary evil.

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  2. I haven’t had to face promo much.I usually get shot down when I tried to promote my poetry and my non-fiction publications, even among friends and collegues…even when some of them were free.
    Locally, had no intention of trying, even when a piece I contributed to another person’s book came with a promotional packet. Loals and I don’t mix well .

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    Amen and amen. Yes… I also like to write what I want to read. Nice to have that freedom.
    And as far as promotion — to me, it seems a person almost has to promote “full time” (including a lot of paid advertising) to even make a dent in the consciousness of readers on any significant scale.
    And, as you indicate, I’m a pretty shy guy. It takes a lot out of me to venture forth and “promote”… especially in person.

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