A little while ago, I wrote on this blog about how I didn’t want to review books, because critiquing others on their writing makes me uncomfortable. My thoughts on that have not changed; however, I have decided to get more involved in doing book promotions for other people.
As a self-published author, I find it extremely emotionally draining and time consuming to promote myself in any way. And to be honest, my natural inclination to sit in my writer’s cave writing and not talk to anyone. So to suddenly have to talk about myself and ask other people to read what I write is a stretch for me. Because when it comes down to it, I like being alone in my cave and writing. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be much of a writer! Plus, my cave has a coffee maker. So when people help me out by promoting my work in any way, whether it be writing a review, linking to my blog, or retweeting, I am extremely grateful.
Doing the author interviews and excerpts for Urban Harvest was really gratifying for me, and I thought I would start doing some more things like that in the future, to help out other independent authors who may even be as bad at promoting themselves as I am. And giving back to the community is always a good thing anyway! In fact, if you’re an indie author who is reading this, I encourage you to come out of your writer’s cave as well–maybe we can even help each other!