I was reared at a time and in a place where it was frowned on to declare who you were, what strengths or talents you possessed, or in anyway affirm and applaud yourself. I remember being cautioned to wait until someone praised me for some act before I announced my talent or value. Boastfulness was frowned on, touting your own horn was discouraged, humility was praised, disappearing into the background was recommended. One was never to climb to the mountain top and shout just how good one is, in fact there was a maxim to make sure that never happened: “The higher Monkey climbs the more he exposes himself." Demureness was praised. How many times, and in how many ways was I told repeatedly to not climb too far, to not reach too high, not to step out and allow myself to shine because then I would be vulnerable, and an easy target. For years I was afraid to announce how much I had published and that my books were taught at various universities in the USA, The Caribbean, Europe and even South Africa. I kept waiting to be discovered.
So how did I make the transition from what I was taught to who I am as a public writer, working aggressively to promote myself and my work? It finally clicked, several years ago, that regardless of how good something is, and how widely known it is, there is still someone who doesn't know about it, who might desire it. Pepsi and Microsoft, despite being known world wide, still spend a great deal of money on advertising. Why is this necessary? Why do these billion dollar companies continue to do so? Because, to not do so would eventually lead to a reduction in their sales and popularity.
As a writer, if I am going to gain household recognition and have my books read by millions, I have to very quickly figure out an effective marketing strategy to sell my books. What I have also learned is that millionaires have help along the way, so how do I connect with other writers who share my zeal and desire to live the good life from their writing and create a community where we support and promote each other’s works. This network is one such opportunity so I invite those who have a similar goal of international readership and success to join me in promoting all our works.
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