I needed to get my head round this. I’ve put it off just like I avoid starting a diet or working out my expenses. Today I did it. I braced myself. I faced my fear. I went to a day workshop on self publishing!
Don’t get me wrong I love anything remotely nerdy. Research a speciality. It’s the self publicity which has defeated me, but not any more.
If I were to classify myself as an animal when it comes to self promotion, I’d have to say I’m a tortoise. Behind a computer screen, head out, telling the world about the things that inspire and challenge me. In public I’m learning how to talk about what I do in a relaxed way. But every now and then despite my best efforts my head almost involuntarily retreats into my shell. It’s funny really.
Today this shy tortoise enjoyed a timely intervention. I was fed some fresh lettuce and dressed in a new knitted suit. I was in the delicious position of realising I knew much more than I realised. Ben helped me envision my goals. He’s an engaging and lively teacher and my goodness there isn’t much he doesn’t know about fantasy literature and self publishing. I was impressed by his call to prospective self publishers to be as professional as conventional publishing.
Ben dispelled many myths and made the self-publishing world accessible. If you get a chance to pick up on one of his workshops, I’d strongly commend them.
This tortoise is out of her shell and going for it BIG TIME. I could manage a whole lettuce leaf now. No probs.
I feel some major makeovers coming on.
A busy bee tortoise at work.