Although all of my 6 books were published only in 2015, I started writing since 2009 and the book I am currently writing is my 9th book. Writing is not hard, it should come easily for most if you dare to try and if you don’t believe me, check Amazon website. But it is the good writing that is really hard, winnowing it from the chaff is even harder, and the literary world is so crowded with a myriad of pretenders that you can hardly separate them. And the possibility of being drowned into that vast pool of obscurity without trace is more than real.
If you happened to be a nascent, unknown and self-published writer like me, you will understand my predicament without even uttering a word from my part and you know we cannot possibly be wearing only one writer’s hat anymore. Self-publishing means the responsibility of marketing your books is also yours job as well. Without marketing, nothing will move, and marketing is not an easy job for all. Writers are naturally a bunch of shy and sensitive people, we mostly keep things for ourselves, and frolicking around in an ostensive way to the outside world is definitely not our cup of tea. But in a modern day writing, we have to wear many hats all at the same time: such as blogger, host, social networker, public figure, speaker, columnist, contributor, entrepreneur, business owner, manager and so on, the list can go on and on, and if I were to talk from the bottom of my heart on behalf of all writers here, I would rather have nothing to do with the list of euphemism listed above here. As far as I am concerned, it gives you nothing but overinflated ego and they are certainly good for nothing but self aggrandizement at the most.
I have been doing precisely the same as explained above for the last eight months, I have been so preoccupied with the marketing of my books that I hardly have time to continue writing my books again and that cannot be good for a writer at any sense. When you go through the social networking sites, there are no shortages of experts on almost everything and everyone has at least some advice to give. But when I advertised recently seeking for an expert help, paid one that is, there wasn’t even one who has balls to take it, and it said all. As a result, the onus of promoting my books is upon me, and I have no choice but to do everything by my own. I buy paid ads, try to be super-active on social networking sites, write for a local paper, find media people who want to talk with me, regularly update my blogs and website, contact people who have interest on my books, trying to find right contacts, participate book fairs, enter awards competitions, offer my services for free if there are anyone to take, and the list can go on and on. However, it is the content of my blogging that is bugging me from the inside for quite a while and I am trying to offload my concern through this blog here today.
I have been trying to cover various subjects on my blogs, but mostly I write about my writing, marketing my books and our pressing social issues, and it has been mostly liked by my readers. However, my dear editor has been suggesting me from the very beginning that I should write about my personal life, she genuinely thinks that my life journey itself is pretty amazing and it should be a great interest of my readers for sure. Nevertheless, I am still not sure about it, I have two reservations about it and a question has incessantly been lingering on at the back of my head since then. Why would people from around the world like to read my personal story? First of all, I am just a new, aspiring and a self-published writer, not too many people know me that well and it is a universal truth that people don’t care about nobody like me. Secondly, if there was genuine interest, people should mostly read about my works first, pay more attention on my works and express their opinions. If you try a bit more, one can easily learn a lot about the writer through his/her way of writing, and that should be more than enough for most readers. If not, they can still write to the writers directly, ask questions and most writers will be more than happy to oblige. After all, writers are not celebrity, we are rather boring and humdrum people, and we rather prefer to keep our personal details within ourselves in the families. Besides, we resent unnecessary attentions.
If you agree with me or not, no worries, just throw all the comments at me this way please, thank you so much!
TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE – http://www.timigurung.com