I hope you won’t mind my sharing my author’s heart with you for a few minutes. We authors are like that, you know, a little emotional and wordy at times, but that’s just how we are. So, if you want to know how authors feel about you reading our books, and about how we feel about sharing them with you, here’s a little bit of that story from my point of view.
While in Jackson Hole, recently, I had the opportunity to talk books with some folks around town, and I was reminded of how much I truly love to share my books with my readers. I like to talk about them, I want you know about them, and I want you to read them.
“Tina, of course you do. That’s why you write them,” is what you might be thinking right now. In fact, the idea that I would tell you all about my books, and share my thoughts about them, seems like a no-brainer, right? But you might be surprised.
We authors receive a plethora of mixed messages all the time about how we should promote our work, or even if we should promote it at all. For example, some people think it’s rude to ask someone to buy your book, others think it’s crazy not to. With all the different advice out there, it’s confusing!
“But Tina, I thought your publisher does all that advertising for you,” is what you might be saying now. Well, yes and no. The truth is, if we aren’t super bestsellers, like J.K. Rowling (and most of us aren’t), then we need, and are expected, to help get the word out.
So, why are some authors still reticent about promoting their own books? Well, for one thing, a lot of us are introverts at heart, and announcing our books to readers means we must brag about ourselves. We also risk being dismissed as hobby enthusiasts or trying to make a little extra money on the side (Yeah, that’s not a good idea, by the way). For example, some people compare publishing to being a home party consultant (Hey, I love Thirty-One bags, Avon, AND Tupperware, too, but selling them is not the same thing as being an author. This is my actual career we’re talking about.)
Also, side note here. It’s worth mentioning that in my experience, men are much less shy about talking about their books like it’s their career. This is how women should be too, no matter if we are writers or not. What we do matters, whether it IS selling Avon or working in an office. Whatever you do is important, it is unique and different than what others do, and you should do it with all your heart!
So, let’s get back to talking about books and why I wanted to share this information with you in the first place. It’s because I’m tired of walking some line worrying about offending readers by talking about my stories too much. I don’t think you’re all that offended! You want to hear my stories, right? That’s why you’re here! You all deserve to hear about them, and to have a chance to read them for yourselves.
And sometimes I’m going to tell you about books written by others, like books by the Tall Poppy Writers, or books someone else told me about. Because you deserve to know about them too! The point is, my friends write books, I write books, and I hope you will read them.
On that note, here is a quote from my third novel, Waking Up Joy, which I truly hope more readers will discover. I hope readers will fall in love with, and be touched, by Joy Talley’s journey, which is mysterious, heartbreaking, and some say hilarious. I really hope you will buy a copy or find it at your library as soon as possible. I think you’ll be glad you met Joy Talley. Happy Reading!
P.S. I also want to know what else you are reading! Share away.
“…I soaked in the goodness of it, the protection in his grasp, as if he’d reached out and caught me before I could fall off that precipice and back into the secrets of Spavinaw Junction Creek.” – Joy Talley, Waking Up Joy