Perhaps one of the hardest pieces of being a writer is going through the act of self promotion, which can sometimes feel something like walking into a crowded room of strangers and slowly undressing because in order to be effective at promoting yourself--whether it is online or in person--you have to be very open to letting people in. You have to be able to stand in front of a room of people and let them see something of you that attracts them enough to think that you may be interesting and that your writing in turn might also be interesting.
I am generally a very private person who prefers to spend quiet nights at home laughing with my wife and kids than running around to various gatherings in order to work the room and network. Yuck. That said, I do very much enjoy giving readings. It has been a while, but to me reading is the equivalent of a musician performing. In both cases we spend a few hours or more in our quiet creative place composing the piece we want to perform and then we must find a venue and stand in front of an audience and display our work. This is good.
What I find difficult, is walking around a room and trying to pass out a promo card or entering into online discussions with the single and crass goal of trying to garner some benefit for my writing. I don't do this often (really I don't; I am fun at parties; I swear), but sometimes we writers/loners have to step out of our comfort zone and do things that could broadly be described as networking. I prefer communicating, but...
Causes James Buchanan Supports
Expanding health care in the US, ending war as a viable tool of foreign policy, and issues related to social justice in general.