Book marketing for the shy

Renard’s World reminded me that being shy doesn’t need to be a barrier to writers.


At a recent authors’ luncheon sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Writers, Sonja McGiboney gave an informative presentation on self-publishing for independent writers. When she was talking about marketing, however, I realized that I’m too shy to do most of the things she suggested! Just showing up at the luncheon, greeting people, and eating with them took all my emotional energy.
As Psychology Today says, “writing the book is the easy part.”
What percentage of writers are shy or introverted? I’d ask for a show of hands, but would you show yours? I wouldn’t. (I’m using the words “shy” and “introverted” interchangeably here because the behaviors are similar.) According to “verywellmind” website, introverts make up an estimated 25 to 40 percent of the general population. I would guess that the percentage is higher among writers. There’s a reason why we spend all day with imaginary friends.
Fortunately for us…

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