A few weeks ago Sherry Issac wrote on Romance and Beyond about doing things that scare her. She challenged us to do something daily that scared us. What scares me? Self promotion. Me. The girl who was afraid to raise her hand in school, even when it became obvious no one else knew the answer. The girl who didn’t want to let anyone see who she was inside. I have to now knock on doors and say “Look at me!”. I don’t think so.
But authors now have a terrific opportunity. The new way to self-promote is to do everything on the internet. With Twitter, Facebook, Blogging and websites authors who are afraid to stand up and speak in public are able to promote from their living rooms. No one actually sees you. No one can judge.
When I first signed up for my page, I was scared. Almost too scared to sign up. But I pushed past that fear. I picked a .com and I picked a template. Every tiny step made the next one easier. From there it was a landslide.
I now have my own site and I manage it myself. Okay, its a wordpress.com site and I use templates. But I still do it myself. Me. The person who had to struggle with Word and still is unfamiliar with Excel. I blog, I tweet and I’m on Facebook. And this week I’m starting a class on online author promotion (there’s still room!) with Carolyn Cooper. In less than a year I have climbed a mountain of social media challenges.
With social media there is something new to challenge myself with everyday. I swear that at some point buttons for Facebook and Twitter will happen. I have tried three times now to put them on the page, but fourth time’s a charm. Right? For those of us who are electronically challenged it can be a struggle. Everything is new and different. The terms are strange, and then there is all the social faux pas we can stumble and trip over. An introvert’s nightmare.
But despite what you hear, many people are forgiving. They were new once too. And as for making mistakes on your site. It is almost all reversible. If you really need help, maybe your challenge step is finding a skilled person to help you with your site. There are terrific sites out there, that do far more than my simple one, and terrific talented people to start you on your climb.
So take that first step and jump with me. Or take the next step you are afraid of. If you need a class, take one. Find that experience person to help. Don’t put it off with excuses. Your book isn’t finished? So what. Learning all this takes time and by the time your book is finished, you will be an internet expert. Ready, set, JUMP!