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?