I would never consider myself to be egotistical, but I have to admit, working on my social platform makes me feel a little big headed. It’s hard to promote yourself and your work and totally keep your feet on the ground. I’m shy and don’t really enjoy being the center of attention but, admittedly, I get a little thrill every time someone “likes” my Facebook author page or tells me they want to keep tabs on me so they can buy my book when it comes out. Fame, or money for that matter, are definitely not my reasons for writing, but I’m not going to shoo them away should they seek me out.
In this day and age where self promotion is key to selling books, it’s OK to think your work is tops! Have confidence, be a bit egotistical, push your wares to anyone and everyone. It’s the only way you’re going to get your name out there, build a fan base, have people interested before your stuff even hits the shelves. That being said, I have to stop here and say confidence is great thing, but remember everyone has room for improvement so if you get suggestions, corrections or hate on your work, don’t just brush it under the carpet. Take the time to mull over the information given and possibly make changes. There will always be people out there who don’t enjoy your writing style or topics and that’s OK. There’s something for everyone. Just remember to find the happy medium when it comes to taking criticisms and suggestions.
To sum it up; be confident about your work, get yourself out there in the spotlight and be open to criticism. It’s only going to help you in your quest to become a published author.
In the next post I’ll discuss some great tools available to everyone to help build your social platform.