Alright, we’ve talked about not marketing your novel… instead, marketing yourself. How do you do that? By being nice.
(Check out the last few Friday posts if you’re just jumping in.)
Okay, so it’s all well and good doing this over the internet… but what about those public appearances?
We can all be nice, that’s not too hard. Getting out there in front of people… that is hard. But when you do, just remember that you don’t need to shove your novel in people’s faces.
Just smile pretty. Answer questions. Be yourself.
If you are a scared, timid writer, invent a new character who is outgoing and friendly… and be that person for a little while. (It’s called acting).
In the end, the connections you make will sell your work. The connections you make will lead to “word of mouth”. And you never know when you will be nice to…
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This week I re-read most of Chuck Palahniuk’s novels, so I just couldn’t pass on the opportunity to recommend you what I believe to be Chuck’s finest work to date. Or, well, my favorite of his novels.
Diary is the story of Misty Wilmot, a waitress. Yeah, she was once a promising painter, but now she’s just there, not dead yet, but not quite alive either. But when her husband tries to kill himself (and fails), she finds out that she hasn’t yet lost her talent. That’s basically the premise of this story. More or less. Yeah, there’s a plot twist towards the end, ’cause that’s Chuck’s specialty. And yeah, we’ve got strange characters doing strange things in a strange world.
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Center of all centers, core of cores,
almond self-enclosed, and growing sweet–
all this universe, to the furthest stars
all beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit.
Now you feel how nothing clings to you;
your vast shell reaches into endless space,
and there the rich, thick fluids rise and flow.
Illuminated in your infinite peace,
a billion stars go spinning through the night,
blazing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that
will be, when all the stars are dead.
(1875 – 1926)
René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke , better known as Rainer Maria Rilke,
He is considered one of the most significant poets in the German language.
English version by Stephen Mitchell
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