After I posted my novel cover, and publication target date, to all of my social media sites, I felt a combination of relief, trepidation, and…naseau.
Truth — Besides the writing community and my very close friends and family–No One knew what I’ve been doing for the last two years. Why?
Fear of what people will think, what they’ll say.
All that crap that means absolutely nothing.
I mustered the courage to send my cover photo to a few friends and family, and went ahead and bit the bullet and posted it on my personal facebook page. Sad thing—that scared me more than anything else. Great thing—the response was overwhelmingly positive. And still somehow, I’m uncomfortable when my friends say, “I can’t wait to read your book!” or “That is so awesome, Laney!!”
I love them. Every one of them, for supporting me. But… I also understand what it feels like to put your soul into something and have that little devil sitting on your shoulder. The one who says, What are you thinking? You really think you can pull this off? Seriously?
As a former classical dancer, I know what it means to walk on stage and swallow fear. I’ve done it more times than I can count. After a while, it becomes old hat.
As a Chef, I know the feeling you get when someone sends something back to the kitchen because they hated it, or it was under cooked, or over cooked, or who the hell knows why. It stabs you a little.
And as the daughter of a Fine Artist—I know what it feels like from the other side of the street too. My mom has always said, “Not everyone will like, or even understand what I do. I don’t care. I’m not painting for them.” And she’s right.
Grab support where you stumble upon it, but don’t expect to find it if you go looking. That’s not what this is about. If you’re writing for the hopes of fame and fortune, pats on the back and great reviews, you’re writing for the wrong reasons. Write for you. Dance for you. Paint for you.
The ONLY person you need to convince of your talent, your drive, your passion—is you.
Just don’t buy into the hype.
May 16, 2012 | Categories: Author, Dance, Inspiration, Publishing, Thoughts, Writer, Writing | Tags: art, Arts, Author, Chats and Forums, Fine art, goal accomplishment, laney mcmann, Online Communities, Social media, Social Networking, Writers Resources, Writing, Writing Exercises, Writing Tips, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author | Leave a comment
I’ve never considered myself to be shy, but truth be told, I’ve always been guarded. Guarded is a sort of fancy word for introverted. Introverted and shy, it turns out, are not the same creature. I’d never given much thought to either, until now. It’s not like I’m anti-social. But the social media aspect of being a writer, and soon to be published author, is daunting for people like me. It’s like throwing yourself into an oven and praying it’s only set at around 175 degrees. Because at 400–you will burn up. 400 is too hot, too social, too LOUD.
The social media aspect of this business forces us to be just that—social. It forces us to be everywhere. All The Time. Making contacts, creating a brand—-basically, establishing a business from the ground floor. A huge undertaking, especially when we are expected to be writing good books at the same time. When you aren’t an extrovert, it’s an even harder task. Thankfully, a lot of blog and twitter friends are extroverts and that makes it easier. They draw us introverts out once in a while.
I uploaded my fledgling Facebook page the other day (come over and LIKE me), and I swear it took all I had to push ‘publish’ and go live. I felt the same way with Twitter, an outlet that is going strong now, thankfully. My blog has been, surprisingly, the easiest branch of social media for me. Why? I’m all exposed here on the blog, how could that be easier? Writing is easy. Simple as that. Talking to 500 people on Twitter….different story. (Thank you for keeping me talking Twitter followers:)
I ran across an interesting article on NPR the other day.
Quiet, Please: Unleashing ‘The Power Of Introverts’ You can find the link here: NPR Books
Susan Cain has written a book on the subject.
The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Check it out.
When I publish my novel later this year, I will likely hide for a few weeks, due to open and blatant exposure (Kidding. Sort of;)
Are you more comfortable in a crowded room talking to any and everyone? Or do one on one conversations interest you more?
February 2, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Publishing, Thoughts, Writing | Tags: Author, author brand, Blog, Branding, Extraversion and introversion, Facebook, laney mcmann, Publishing, Quiet Please, Self-publishing, Social media, Social Networking, Susan Cain, Twitter | 5 Comments
I know that every day my novel gets one step closer to being finished and that with every hair-pulling draft, it also gets better.
I know that keeping all my thoughts in my head is an impossible task and that writing every little spec of an idea or thought down is close to imperative or they will fly away like dust.
I know that balance can be elusive.
I know that Twitter will likely bury me under a tidal wave of social fervor.
I know that self-doubt is a true part of a writers life but we must overcome it in order to achieve our goals.
I know that no amount of followers will make you a better writer–only YOU can do that.
I know that social media will not get you where you want to be without first learning to write well.
I know the social media contacts, friends and fellow writers are invaluable.
I know that today is a new day and the sun is beckoning me to follow.