A younger woman writer wailed that she felt like a fish seller when she had to pre-sell her book. Honey, in this environment we all have to help promote our work. The publishers can't afford to do the public relations. It's up to us. We need to get past that feeling of humiliation or distaste for promoting our own interests. Good writing deserves to be read, and we have to stand behind our work, and behind the work of other writers we admire.
My generation of women were taught to be quiet and not to take up space. And then Adrienne Rich was born, and Audre Lorde (may she rest in peace), and Tillie Olsen, and Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug. Add to the list here:
It's up to us to help promote the next generation of writers and artists, and the next. But we start by being proud of our own work, and not being ashamed to say so!
Check out Squad 365 online, a group that has been supportive to writers about marketing. Todd Boss, a wonderful poet, is one of the movers and shakers. The website offers terrific suggestions. http:// Squad 365 Book Marketing
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.