Self-Promotion Isn’t Actually Bad

Remember Not To Overwhelm

Self-promotion is so far out of my comfort zone I need the Hubble just to be able to see it.

And because I’m probably more than a little egocentric (my wife tells me I need to start taking my Humble meds again) I’ve trained (convinced) myself into believing my work should be all the promotion I need.

That’s because each article produced has a pretty short shelf life when thousands, and thousands of pieces are submitted every single day. Think Forty-eight hours short.

So if I don’t stand up and say, “here I am over here y’all” more than one time, the chances of my work producing the kind of impact I really want isn’t going to happen.

We all need to take a couple of Dramamine tablets for the queasiness and start learning to promote ourselves.

Okay, let’s say we’ve decided we’re just going knuckle down and do it. The great thing about self-promotion on this platform is when we fail (and we will), we can blush with embarrassment in the comfort of our own homes.

First, we need to write some quality work (I hear ya, Roz). Then we need to let our readers know we have more quality work out there.

This paragraph is for all the writers new to this gig. It’s going to be hard to promote yourself in a meaningful and effective manner if you’ve only written two articles. Writing quality work and continuing to write quality work is an essential aspect of what we do here.

There’s only one rule for self-promotion. Do not overwhelm your readers.

Yes, I could fill the page with over five hundred links to all my articles, and do you know what would happen the minute a reader opens up the new post and sees all those flipping links?

So, I’m going to try this self-promotion thing by starting off small. I’m only going to list a hundred of my most read articles…

Just kidding.

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A published author enjoying married Texas bliss. Dog person living with cats. A writer of Henry James' stories. Featured In MuckRack. Top Writer In Fiction.

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