I dislike salesmen with a passion. I would say hate, but it’s not quite that strong of an emotion. I quit a decent job as a bank teller because they started making us stay after work, call people at home and attempt to sell them products. How do you “sell” a bank product? Ask people if they want a credit card or direct deposit for their paycheck. I did not want to be a sales person. I hang up on them when they call my house and I didn’t want to be the person on the other end of the phone line.
So now I have a quandary. I find myself trying to break into a career where self-promoting is not only necessary but heartily encouraged. The challenge I face is how do I promote my writing without being too annoying to my friends, family and potential readers? I’ve done some shameless promotion on FaceBook, but I have consciously tried to keep it to a minimum. I do have the blog posts automatically feed to my FaceBook page, but there each “friend” has the choice of removing those specific posts from their news feed. So I don’t feel too bad. I leave it up to them.
I have chosen to do other self-advertising. I’ve started this blog for one. I also have put the link to the blog in my writing email signatures. It is up to the receiver to click if interested. I’m trying to walk the line between broadening my audience and staying on my inner circle’s good side. Which can be difficult especially when something exciting happens. Not only do I risk annoying multitudes of people, I risk annoying them on more than one social website. Sigh.
There will be stops and starts and I’m sure a few people looking at me with that blank stare that says “That’s nice, now go away”. Hopefully, they will understand my enthusiasm and humor me for a while. Until then, to borrow a post from fellow writer Bianca McCullough “Happy shameless self-promoting!”