About a year ago, an internet friend pointed to a conference where I might be able to meet a few influential people in my “field” and promote my book. I took a look and figured out I would just be wallpaper at this event.
I recognize that it is a bit naive to assume some recognition from attending just one conference. But the family finances are not there to market in this way several times a year. And even if my book does gain some basic popularity, the business matrix ain’t there; i.e. royalities won’t pay for the travelling.
I have spent almost two years on internet forums promoting my book: no $$$$ out of my pocket, but lots of time. But still no sales — despite having some great discussions online and building some interesting relationships. I quit in February — only to find Medium earlier this month. I think I’ll give this forum a few months .So far, I’ve made 76 responses, and got about 15 followers. I put my first article up last Saturday and am waiting for the moderators.
In my younger days, I was into a lot of alcohol. I think that was, in part, my way of being someone important in a world of extroverts. On the Myers-Briggs paradigm, I am the “still water runs very deep”, a rare combination.
As I am getting older, my social needs are less and less. My family is enough. Going to the coffee shop with friends (beyond once a year) doesn’t appeal to me. My skills at making conversation with strangers is almost non-existent these days. Networking is very hard for me!