It’s come to my attention that a very small number of authors don’t understand the concept of self-promotion. (“But I’m a genius! The world should beat a path to my door, dammit!”) Or, they have so many millions of dollars stuffed under their box springs that they don’t have to do it anymore. I fall into neither category. I am pretty good at self-promotion, though I’ve met authors who leave me in the dust. I use my newsletter, I pitch myself for events and media – I joined RED ROOM for cryin out loud.
And yet, there’s always that disconcerting feeling that you’re selling out when you talk yourself up too much. That there’s a whiff of desperation about you. But – screw that – I’m here today to go on a promotional binge, a commercial campaign. Stick with me to the end and you’ll have a reward! [Insert flashing blue and red lights here, and a dancing 3D babe.]
Most important on the agenda is that the paperback of “Naked on the Page” comes out soon- as in, just a few weeks! It’s cheaper than the hardcover at a mere $15, and features a photo of – look out! – ME on the cover. I asked for this, if indirectly. The cover design they sent me for the paperback had a MODEL on it – holding a laptop and trying to look… writerly? The only problem was, she looked like she was 12 years old! And where I’m not thrilled to be looking 50+ - nor on the cover of my own book – at least it’s more honest than trying to pass off a Kate Moss look-alike as me.
Anyway, buy one for you and your best friend! She’ll thank you for it! Go to my books page to buy it from the seller of your choice – as long as it’s Amazon or Book Passage…
Boast #2: I have my first-ever story in a Major Women’s Magazine coming out in the next week! My story on “cougars” will be running in Harper’s Bazaar’s February issue. Talk about stoked! I hope this is the beginning of a trend in 08. I am perfect for the job. I am a woman, I write, and I read magazines. What more could they want?
Family boasts #3 and #4. Rent this movie: “The American Pastime,” which was produced by my late sister’s husband. It’s wonderful and deserved a much wider audience than the festivals! It’s a true story about a Japanese internment camp in WW2, and how baseball changed the lives of the inmates there. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0825225/
And my brother, Robert Buelteman, is having a new exhibit of his breathtaking, camera-free nature photography. Trees, leaves, flowers, even vegetables – electrified and alive. He is like Ansel Adams for the tech generation. Check him out at http://buelteman.com/home.html
That’s enough shameless huckstering for now. I feel a rash coming on. And oh yeah, since you made it this far, you get a reward! Which is: the pleasure of checking out some super-cool creative products – what more can you want?