I have a friend who has a cause very near and dear to his heart. Day in and day out he goes on Facebook (and other social media sites) posting links that explain the cause and encourage others to support the cause. There are times I want to tell him to shut the front door! Find something else to post. As much as I hate friends who feel the need to discuss the minutiae of their lives I almost wish he'd write about grabbing the sports section and heading off to deal with constipation. Even an obligatory "at Starbucks" status would be less nerve-wracking.
This post is not about him.
As a self-published author, I am obliged to be a self-promoting parasite. It is as much a part of the job as the actual writing. Worse, it takes more time than I wish to invest and depending on the day and season takes much needed time away from that next brilliant insight the next project desperately needs.
I hate feeling redundant. I struggle to post the same status messages desperately trying to find different words each time. On some level, it feels less intrusive and less like cold-calling (a job I held for about four hours once upon a time) if I work off a varying script and resist beating the reading public over the head with the same buy me...buy me...buy me mantra.
That said, allow a shameless plug. Black Friday is upon us. While enjoying the warm afterglow of a holiday meal (assuming you survived the storm and made it to love ones and turkey), think about sitting in front of the fire enjoying a good book. (Self-published writers have enough ego to add "good" before "book".) If you order on Friday, it might even be there waiting for you when you get home. There are no storms lurking that would delay you or the delivery of your book.
I will be back after Christmas shameless beating a drum for "Auf Wiedersehen, Lampione". Until then, enjoy "This Little Piggy Belongs to the Devil" - with my apologies.
As posted on Facebook at 9AM 11/26/2013:
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