I spent years writing my book WOMEN'S WORK, and I am very proud of it! I think it is a fabulous story and it is getting great reviews!
SO, why is it so difficult for me to self-promote it? The first time I asked my local bookstore to keep it on consignment, I actually said, "Well, it's sort of... Well, I mean... It REALLY doesn't suck." Fortunately, the owner is a friend of mine and just laughed at me. But there is a fine line between promoting work that you are genuinely proud of and just feeling like a slime ball.
I have been sending emails to the heads of book clubs, just to let them know WOMEN'S WORK is out there and that I think it would be a great fit for their club. I research the clubs and like most of the books they have read, and really do think they would love my book -- and yet, I feel like a used-car salesman.
I've set up goodreads giveaways -- this means I'm giving away the book for FREE, and even then I feel like I'm sort of bothering people. I post things on Facebook and Twitter about the book and I think my friends are probably rolling their eyes and saying, "Sheesh, doesn't Kari know we know she wrote a book?"
Ok. Deep breath.
Hmmm. Do other authors feel this way? Does it ever stop or are there tricks to this? Is it my midwestern upbringing that simply doesn't allow me to feel pride? I once heard it cometh before the fall... It would be much nicer if it cometh before the sales.