Posted by Violet VanDoren
One of the aspects of making a name for yourself in the world of authorship is that you have to network, especially if you’re going the self publishing/indie route. In my hours of searching through endless posts and threads on the matter, I’ve come to 2 conclusions:
1. You’re a smart cookie who knows the ropes and knows the feel of the audience, so you’re on your way to enriched fulfillment in the world of being a bonafide author. Or…..
2. You’re a complete a-hole troll who is only out to whore your work ad nauseam until someone takes notice.
Where’s the happy medium in this situation? I say there isn’t one. There’s always going to be haters. Whether you advertise your newest book once a month or every day, people are going to complain, people are going to judge, and people are going to be sour pusses.
I say all this because I’ve already seen some negativity from people when I’ve advertised my name. No, I don’t have anything published right now, and there’s nothing wrong with that. My heart is in the right place, and I WILL get get a book out eventually. I have my own website and my own networking cards so far. Right now, my motive is to get my NAME out there so that I can have the much desired audience when my book is finally out (later this year!). Is that wrong? Absolutely not! I believe now is the best time to network!
My advice is to advertise away. How else are you supposed to reach the masses if you don’t get down into the trenches and do some serious work? In my opinion, if I reach only one person with my repeated attempts at attaining an audience, I’ve done my job.