You can’t know how uncomfortable I feel about promoting my own work. I’m of the generation for whom ‘showing off’ was the worst of all possible sins and who would go to enormous lengths to avoid any form of self-aggrandisement. If you got a good mark at school, you didn’t dare tell anybody.
We writers can be very lazy, regarding ourselves as arty types, who just want to be left alone to do what we do best – write. After all our work is so good it will fall off the shelves in Waterstones, won’t it? In fact, we won’t need to do anything except pick up the nice fat royalty cheque twice a year. What a terrible effort that will be! Come on, publisher, you do all the publicity. Publisher, publisher, where are you? You want me to self-publish? All right, I can hack the idea of reformatting my work and uploading it to SmashWords or something, but surely you don’t expect me to go out and tell people about it. I mean, what are Amazon doing, apart from collecting huge profits (ha ha)? What, you want me to do book signings in my own town? And go on Facebook? And Twitter? How embarrassing! I mean, what will people think of little me (Rosemary)?
Fortunately, none of this is necessary for a short story on Alfie Dog Fiction, which is a great site for short stories generally. Have you ever hoped not to win a competition because you couldn’t hack going public on your writing and your story? (I have.) Part of me regards my writing as so personal that I can’t bear to share it. The other part wants it all just to ‘happen’.
Talking of competitions, the Association of Christian Writers are about to launch a crime-writing comp. Check the ACW site in January.
Happy Christmas. I am not at all prepared, but I will be. The family start to arrive tomorrow.
To all those whose bloggers I follow, if you’re following me, thank you for all the interesting posts which WordPress sends to me every Monday. (What a terrible sentence!) Do keep checking my other blog, Dear Reader. When I’ve finished this post, I’m going to review The Jazz Files by Fiona Veitch Smith.