On Being a Writer: Promote

I am joining a group of writers who are linking-up twice a week through the month of September to discuss some of the foundational ideas in writing. The topics for this link-up come from the book On Being a Writer by Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig. This link-up is being hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog entitled Heading Home. Today’s topic is Promote:

The practice of promoting my own writing is not a natural one for me. There are some areas of my life where I have no problem sharing what I’m doing or have done, but when it comes to writing for some reason it has been a struggle. For the longest time my writings were private. I saw them as intimate thoughts that were between myself, God, and a sheet of paper. I’m still not an expert on promoting my own writing, but I’ve learned to open up and accept praise or criticism.

Promoting your writing looks differently from author to author. A lot of my promoting takes place in every day conversation because many of my blog followers are people who know me in real life. However, I have gained a large following of people who do not know me let alone live on the same continent as I do. Some of those followers of my blog stumbled upon my blog by chance  and others found me through some of my means of promotion. They may have found a tag on my writing that interested them or used a specific phrase in a search engine which led them to me. I also like to comment on other blogs regularly to build community and that ends up connecting people with my blog as well.

I’m focusing on my blog on this post because it is the only medium of my writing where I have any experience in promoting. My prayer is that one day I could come back to this post and discuss the promotion process for a novel, but I’m not ready for that quite yet.

How do you promote your writing? What are your struggles with self-promotion?

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