It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for my Insecure Writer's Support Group post. A huge thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for putting together this group. I appreciate the opportunity to share my insecurities on the #IWSG therapy couch and to read how others are doing.
Wednesdays are also A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) update days.
Being a writer is a lifelong dream fulfilled. Being a salesperson is not.
I am the girl who put off Public Speaking 101 until my senior year of college, last semester. I am also the girl who turned a Finance degree into technical writing because I didn't want to sell financial products.
Now, I have to take something I love and feel very proud of and sell it to people. Eek!
When I had my first daughter, I tried selling Pampered Chef. I convinced myself I could sell it because I loved their products. Then I had to start booking parties and standing in front of people. I lasted two months.
Today, I received the proof of my second book, Chasing Memories. I am excited to get the word out there, but I am apprehensive. Now the selling begins.
There is a fine line between eagerly sharing about my new accomplishment and being that person who does nothing but hawk my wares. I don't want people avoiding my phone calls: "Don't answer it! It's that book lady!"
Fear of stepping over the line tends to make me too conservative, resulting in less sales. But... again, I don't want people running the other way every time I walk to the mailbox.
I would love some of your thoughts on this.
What marketing techniques take things just a bit too far? What marketing techniques have you found the most productive without being pushy?
All of that being said, I do have to share this picture of my proofs out of pure excitement. I'm looking forward to organizing the cover reveal and release day blitz. Wish me luck!