Wednesday, December 5, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Toot! Toot! IWSG

For those of you who've been with me from the beginning, you've gotten to see me gain more ground on the things that make me, well...ME :-) One of the things I love to do is toot the horn for my fellow authors. Indie authors. Small press authors. Traditionally published authors. I LOVE supporting my writer comrades. That's probably why you see so many posts where I highlight, spotlight, cover reveal, blog tour and so much more.

When the time came that I partnered up with Gwen Gardner to form Partners in ParanormYA for our blogtown tour to promote Neverlove and Givin' Up the Ghost, well, I was Marine Semper Fi excited to toot, toot because I was tooting for both books.

Then, it was just me and Neverlove.

And I could barely peep enough to make sure everyone knew about my book or were excited enough about my book to recommend it to friends and family or the neighbor teen down the street. It is an upper YA novel and I'm pretty much bumbling in my efforts to reach out to that demographic lol!!!

I tried, weakly. I tweeted a couple of times a week, added a blog post reminder here and there. But nothing like the recent return of Marine Semper Fi that I did during the Black Friday thru Cyber Monday sale. I was on Facebook, Twitter and blogging with gusto and was so excited, again. The difference? I wasn't alone so I was thrilled about tooting the horn for others.

Notice a pattern?

I finally did. I hadn't noticed it until I saw how easily it was for me to become aggressive for my fellow writers yet become a bashful wallflower when it came to tooting Neverlove all on it's own.

Why?  I don't know. And I suppose that's why I'm writing this today for IWSG because I LOVE Neverlove, believe in it and know that it would make a great story to read for action, romance and paranormal elements.

Le sigh...

What to do, what to do?

38 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

I think it's great to partner up with others. It's easier like you said when you're sharing about other peoples' books too. It's a hard balance knowing how much to remind people about your book. Perhaps letting it rest and then getting on some blogs with guest posts about writing and publishing is a way to help remind people about your book. So excited for what you've accomplished this year.

Huntress said...

I can see that trait in everyone, stand up and shout to help a friend market a book then scuff your feet and mumble when it is your own.

Girl, you need to YELL! Now! Cuz I didn't know about your book until now.

*scurrying to Amazon. click on 'buy'*

C.M.Brown said...

I suppose it is called boasting, when we do it for ourselves and it is natural to feel uncomfortable. It is far more easy to shout to the world about other peoples achievements.

It is something we all need to overcome as marketing is a big part of writing a book.

Miranda Hardy said...

I can't imagine how your feeling, because I'm nervous about the very same thing happening to me in the future, too.

I'm glad we are apart of a great community of authors willing to help each other.

shelly said...

One, I love your new hair-do. Two, it's a good thing to toot for others. Three, but very hard to toot about oneself.

Hugs and chocolate.

jaybird said...

I am always much more comfortable promoting a friend, than trying to push "me" up on people. I think pairing up with someone else is the way to go! Takes a lot of the pressure off too.

By the way, I think your site is AMAZING! Really beautiful. :)

Laura Eno said...

Yep! And we're worried about being thought of as one of those obnoxious writers always pushing our books. I never mention mine, hoping the word gods will make customers trip over it.

I'm sighing with you.

Angela Brown said...

You make some great points, Natalie.

Angela Brown said...

LOL!! Yeah, I've been such a goober when it came to my own novel lol!

Angela Brown said...

You're right, Carolyn, especially knowing that we have to play a part in marketing our novel whether we self-publish or publish traditionally.

Angela Brown said...

Miranda, our writing community is such a wonderful support system and has been why my sanity hasn't flown the nest lol!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks! *blush*

Yeah, so much easier to shout out for others then shy away to the corner about my own. Really got to get better at finding a good balance :-)

Lots of chocolate and hugs back atcha!

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Jaybird. I've been blessed to have Gwen to pair up with :-)

Angela Brown said...

Ref: "hoping the word gods will make customers trip over it"

That's me too, Laura!!!!

cleemckenzie said...

Most writers are in the same boat! I guess we're just basically modest. :-)

Julie said...

Oh, I can totally relate to this. I LOVE promoting other authors and always enjoy being part of their launches, etc, but it's so hard to think about promoting myself. I guess a lot of us have this issue!

Heather said...

I love NEVERLOVE too! It's a fantastic book and I recommend it to everyone I know. It's tough to toot one's own horn, even when we love our babies. But girl, yours is worth tooting about!

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I'm two chapters into Neverlove and am loving it!

Gwen Gardner said...

Yep, definitely a pattern, starting with me. But it is easier when you team up with others. I am a huge wallflower. It's nearly impossible for me to toot my own horn. It's easier to do it for others.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Why do you think I enjoy featuring others on my blog? Much easier to get excited for someone else.
Just keep doing a couple guest posts a month to keep yourself out there.

Candilynn Fite said...

I think Nancy Thompson had a great point today on her IWSG post. If you haven't read it, do. She makes a few good points about connecting with READERS. How about visiting some of the local bookstores or local community colleges? Signings / Readings, the possibilities are endless. Neverlove is awesome. YA readers will love it once they get their hands on it. Do you need me to hop in my Jetta and drive to Dallas to accompany you? I will, girlfriend. Just say the magic word. :)

Angela Brown said...

Modesty could be it :-)

Angela Brown said...

It's interesting that so many authors feel this way. I don't feel so alone :-)

Angela Brown said...

Aww! Thank you, Heather *blush*
I'm so glad you enjoyed it and that you recommend it to others. Word of mouth is soooo important :-)

Angela Brown said...

YAY!!!!

Angela Brown said...

So much easier!

Angela Brown said...

I can see, Guru Alex :-)

I'll keep trying.

Angela Brown said...

Candilynn, you are so awesoome! I've been working on getting myself out there. It's been baby steps doing things in person. I still feel like such a wuss lol! And yes, when it comes down to it, I'd LOVE to have you come and have a good time doing things.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I struggle with this, too. It is really hard for me to embrace the whole "self-promotion" thing. I recently created a FB author page and it took me 2 weeks to finally invite people to "like" it. In the end, I bravely checked the box of my author friends -- but not my relatives, in-person friends, or co-workers.

I was too afraid they'd hit me over the head at the next faculty meeting, sick to death of me.

Angela Brown said...

So many things to consider lol!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

I TOTALLY get it Angela! I feel the same as you - it's far far easier to toot someone else's horn than your own. I think, to some extent, you just have to hope and trust that if you toot for others, they'll return the favor when it's your turn. I think it's something most of us struggle with... partly because the people who are comfortable blowing their own horns send us all running and screaming in the opposite direction and we don't want to be like them :)

Jeff Hargett said...

Angela, this post of yours tells me that you and I have kindred spirits. I can tout the brilliance and successes of others all day long, but shrivel into a corner if the spotlight turns toward me. I think it may have a bit to do with the way we were raised. I dunno. But I've always given more credence to praises heaped on others than praises heaped on self.

Angela Brown said...

Susanna, I think you're right :-)

Angela Brown said...

I have a good friend who is always asking me why I'm not shouting about my book. Well, I thought I was lol! In a quiet way. I guess that wouldn't be shouting now would it? But I guess I would like for the book to the work on its own merit and fear that good, great or being a phenom writer just isn't going to cut it. I have to TELL people. Egads lol!

Anonymous said...

"...I saw how easily it was for me to become aggressive for my fellow writers yet become a bashful wallflower when it came to tooting Neverlove all on it's own. Why? I don't know."

"Let another praise you, and not your own mouth..." ~ Proverb 27:2

Angela, it IS hard to toot our own horns and speak up for our books. But...the fact that we put them out there shows that we believe in them. And others will too. :)

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Linda. That scripture is very fitting for how I feel. And Neverlove IS out there for those willing to give it try. I am out there for those willing to give me a try...is more how it feels :-)

Shelley Munro said...

I do so agree. It's way easier to help other writers than toot your own horn. I guess we all need to strike a happy balance.

Cherie Colyer said...

I know what you mean. I enjoy helping others spread the word about their books. I love reading my friends books and telling everyone about their stories. I've never been one to toot my own horn though. I'm glad I'm not alone.

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