I have discovered something about myself. I am not good with updating my Facebook page or my webpage or my blog. I have found that writing my books has been much easier for me than promoting my books. I simply don’t feel comfortable with the part of the process where I need to be convincing people that they should read my book! Promoting my own book feels like bragging, and I’m not comfortable with that.
I don’t remember my parents ever telling me that I was not supposed to brag about any of my achievements, not that there were that many, but somewhere along the way I got the message that it was wrong to “blow my own horn” as the saying goes. It could be that I absorbed that message by watching how they handled their accomplishments, which were many. From my vantage point as their child, I never heard either one boast. I watched as they would shrug off well-earned praises with an “Aw, shucks, it was nothing” reaction.
I am in no way blaming my parents for the fact that I find it hard to promote by own book. However, I do have to acknowledge that I have a problem with telling the world that I have written a book that I believe other people, not just my family, will enjoy reading.
Just now as I wrote those words, I had the overwhelming urge to delete them! I need help! An article I recently read in Psychology Today, suggests that I may have a problem with not believing that I am worthy of praise, even when it is praising myself. The article goes on to explain that the problem may be due to the fact that I never praise myself.
You know what? I think this article hit the nail on the head. I don’t know how to praise myself. Therefore, I don’t know how to promote a book that I created all by myself. It all makes sense, but it still doesn’t solve my promotion problem unless I take a deep breath and actually praise me, or rather my work. So, here goes my first effort—please bear with me.
I have written a book that others seem to enjoy.
Forgiveness is an interesting, engaging book.
You will enjoy reading my book, Forgiveness.
Buy my book, Forgiveness.
That’s all I can do for now. The next challenge for me is to post what I have just written. Will I be brave enough? I guess you’ll know the answer if you actually see this post!