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Self-publishing Means extroversion

Self-Publishing Means Extroversion!

I am committed to independent publishing—even if self-publishing means extroversion . Ever since I realized two things, this has been my mode of publication.

This is what I understood many years ago

  • I have a much more solid and true sense of my audience than any publisher could have. (My first book, a collection of short stories—What Became of Them and Other Stories from Franco-America—outsold what I had read was the average sale of a collection published by a NYC publisher.)
  • One day, I heard this statement: “No matter how much you pay for child care, no one will ever wipe your baby’s tush with as much love and care as you do.” I realized that was true of my book. No one would take as much care of my books as I would.

So, why am I feeling some sort of hesitation?

Okay so I’m sure of my decision to self-publish.  What is the source of this feeling that is hedging on the next step?

Well, for one thing, self-publication is a lot of work. You wear all the hats! But, that notwithstanding, I am fine with the work. But…

Self-Publishing Means Extroversion

It has not escaped me that, introvert (basically) that I am, I will have to enter into a period of somewhat intense extroversion. Now I know how to do extroversion and many people would be surprised to hear that I consider myself an introvert. But after a period of extroversion, I am much more likely to feel depleted than charged. Extroversion is a role that I can do well but it’s not my preference.

Once my memoir, French Boy, is published, I will inevitably do my best to be on as many podcasts and radio stations as I can. I will also try seriously to be on TV stations, on radio programs and in newspaper culture sections in any town where I do a reading that day. And speaking of “doing a reading,” I will be placing myself in front of many people – whether that’s five people or 100 (let’s hope it’s 100 more often than five – I’m enough of a realist not to indulge my introversion! The blog illustration is my visualization of the crowd that will come to my programs.)

I have been telling myself that extroversion is what I must do if I want to get the message of my memoir to go out to an audience.

I’m not worried about the quality of the writing in my memoir nor am I worried about the quality of the thought. Both have been well done. What I am not thrilled about is the extroversion.

In conclusion

So I’m heading into a time that will not play on my strength but I see it as important to achieve my goal of promoting my memoir—even if self-publishing means extroversion.

And how about you, fellow writer? Are you comfortable with the public aspects of promoting your book? Will you do it?

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