With every new strategy I attempt at marketing myself and my work, I am finding out all too quickly who and what I am. I have tried quite a few things that have failed. And then there are the random tactics that oddly enough get me the most praise. I have tried taking everyone’s advice, and tried taking no advice. I have put myself in compromising positions while finding that there are some things I am able to do naturally.
Essentially, I am a writer. Writing is what I live and breathe. Without it–while I may serve other roles as mother, daughter, sister, lover, confidante, friend–I am a lifeless corpse. I must do the thing at which I excel, and that is to write.
So when my website started to get away from me, I was brought back by some awesome fans who made my mistakes very clear. And I listened. And I changed. I embraced what makes me ME. I am a writer. I write. So on my site I have refused to bombard you with superfluous fluff. I’ve decided to talk less and do more. I have added a showcase page where you can view my other work: short stories, prose, and the like. The Grim is more than ten months away; I have to give you something while you wait!
Also gone are the days of my video blogging. I am uncomfortable on camera, and it’s been pointed out by more than just myself. (It was part of that advice I mentioned earlier). I don’t want to patronize anyone by doing things that are simply not me. I want to connect with you, my audience, but I have to do it in the way that’s best for me: here, on these pages with my computer and the written word. I’m more comfortable behind the scenes.
And there you have it, the moral of Marketing 101: if nothing else, be yourself. And who’da thunk such a cliche would never get old…