How I learned to stop worrying and sell myself

So as I await the February submission date for my first novel, Numb, I find myself dealing with a bit of angst over how to sell myself. I’ve decided to become a hooker. No, that’s not right. I’ve realized that there is a fair amount of self-promotion in book-promotion, as publishers rely heavily on authors to carry the weight. I spoke briefly to my agent after reading this article from the Miami Herald. I wasn’t in a panic, but shared a “what have I gotten myself into” comment. She talked me off the ledge by comparing book-pr to child rearing. It seems impossible before you start, but once you do it sort of all works out. She also pointed me toward this article by David Louis Edelman, an SF writer. I liked a lot of his ideas, and most important I like his attitude. It seemed refreshing to see someone else say “I don’t really know what I’m doing but I’ll try.”
So, in my next life as a hooker, I’ll give it my best shot.

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