I may have explained before that I am, for the most part, a hermit. Not literally, of course. I mean, I don't live in a cave or anything, and I do occasionally have contact with the outside world. I have to shop and stuff, so there's a bit of social interaction there. And I socialize on the internet. And there's Hubs.
But yeah, other than that, I'm a hermit. And with the world the way it is, my hermitude is getting worse.
That's neither here nor there, though. What I want to talk about today is how being a hermit clashes with being a self-published writer.
Two and a half years ago when I started the self-publishing thing, I was faced with some crucial decisions about how to proceed with the marketing portion of the business. I was encouraged to attend conferences and book signings and stuff. :shudder: The thought of being in crowds makes me want to crawl into a hole and pull the rocks down over myself. I did do some face-to-face, one-on-one stuff. I went to the local libraries and introduced myself and donated books. I went around to the places where I was known and told the people I knew about my book.
Since then, the people I knew at the libraries have left and everyone I know already knows about my books. :shrug: And I can't make myself start the process all over again. Get out in the world and meet more new people? :shudder:
I've pulled back on my internet stuff, too. I mean, I was already shrinking away because socializing is exhausting, but last year's election hoopdedoo helped shove me further back into my figurative cave. For a while there, it seemed like I was unfriending people on a daily basis. I ran away from Twitter because I couldn't scan through the feed without wanting to hurl.
And I'm pretty sure my sales have suffered as a result. Being a hermit and a writer is not a path I recommend for anyone who really wants to succeed at this self-publishing thing. (For varying definitions of 'success'.) However, I can't make myself step up to the social things I would need to do to whip up more sales. I guess when it comes down to it, I value my hermitage more than sales.
So, as my profile on FB says, 'Here I sit, hermit-like, in my cabin in the woods banging away at the keyboard and creating worlds.' Feel free to grab a cup of coffee and join me. Online. From your own hermit-holes. ;o)