This is a whispery post because I’m trying to keep my writerly identity separate from this here internet persona, but I just want to express my frustration about how very hard I hate doing book promo, because, although I would say that I have a fair amount of self-confidence and am generally an extrovert, I have a terrible time being all, “I did this thing! It’s great! Pay money for it!” I recognize that this is a necessary part of the process, but I feel like such an ass when I have to shove myself in other people’s faces. Like, I’m currently apoplectic because I typed up an email to send to the listserv for my local RWA chapter, and that listserv is totally a 24/7 Members Toot Their Own Horns Extravaganza and I’m still all, “Is it really obnoxious of me to do this?” Argh. How else am I supposed to sell books? I think part of my problem is this whole Putting Yourself Out There thing, and I don’t know why that’s so hard, except I guess for the part where I fear rejection and/or someone going, “Dude, that’s stupid, go away.” That’s the part of the writing process no one ever really talks about—so you’ve successfully written a novel and convinced someone to give you some money so they can publish it. Hooray! But if you want to get any more money or even to sell another book, you gotta make sure people buy this one. One of the writers I talked to at the RWA convention told me, “You basically have to whore yourself out.” Which, argh. Hate so hard.