Self Promotion

I have never been one who showcases how good or adept I am. It was a case of allowing my work to speak for itself. I use to get annoyed with those who are ineffective and for that matter inept. In spite of this because they could talk the talk they moved up the ladder. I often wondered how these people got the job when I look at their work rate and what they produce. How’s that phrase go: those who can do, those who can’t teach. I do have a problem with this as a teacher. There are brilliant educators who do and can reach students.

Anyway, this is not the purpose of this post – it’s about self promotion. Like I was saying, I’m not good at it. I don’t like to say how wonderful I am at something, it makes me uncomfortable. I have always been good at sport and at teaching though this is not something I would tell people. I assume they will figure it out. Wrong. There goes my overly sensitive ego hurtling down a mountain and crashing in a heap. Let me pick up the pieces and glue them back together and move on.

As an aspiring writer trying to develop an author platform and along the way inspire people with my stories, I will have to change my attitude. Not easy considering how many years it took to create and hone it to fine art! I am trying though. I have been reading a lot of blogs from very generous writers who have faced the same challenges and am developing strategies to overcome this negative aspect of myself. It may be a slow process but I am in it for the long haul. So far I have developed biography, a media kit, a press release for my second short story, a book cover and in the process of editing.

Like the saying ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, well I am beginning to understand what that means. Like a diamond, it takes years for it to develop.

Has anyone else felt the same?


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