Monday, September 15, 2008

Along Superhero Lines/Self Promotion

Yikes it is hard to promote. Eeeks.

Finishing Line Press has finally sent me my contract and so I feel like I can promote my chapbook. Wait. I mean, that I HAVE to. In order to get a certain press run, I have to make pre-sales. So belly up to the bar, my friends, because now is the time to show your willingness to pay 12$ for a published bit of Miriam! I promise to make it easier for you to buy than it is turning out for me to sell myself...

I am not sure why it is so hard, but a few nights ago Dylan and I had the conversation I now think anyone embarking on a career in the arts or any kind of public office should have: "Just how famous do I *want* to be?" It sounds like a) an egotistical thing and/or b) an unrealistic conversation, as of course fame comes in wily and unpredictable ways, but underneath I found I have some issues (big surprise) about becoming "famous" in any way. Why? That remains to be seen. A simple answer is that of course fame is mixed, right, not always such a pretty bag of baubles (just ask Eryka Badu). But underneath that we all have our reasons, reasons why I don't want to email everyone I have ever known, all the bookstores I love and support and former and present teachers for blurbs. Ugh. It just makes me sick. I just want to write, can't someone else do the selling?

But no one else can. I sell me, it's always been that way, and always will be. Someone else doing it means a reproduction. And so with hesitation and doubt I will do it as much as possible and hope it gets easier over time. Sucha dilemma. Silly me - I thought "Just sell the book and it will all work out." Or maybe *I* will work it out - by working harder and more differently than ever before.


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  2. i'll buy 3 copies :)

    i totally cannot relate to the fame thing at all... but i love you and support you... i can relate to the self-promotion somewhat, but isn't it sort of like interviewing for a job? which you've done a million times, no doubt? if you think about it that way does it help?


  3. oh, you removed your picky comment.
    ; )

    i'll sell you three copies!
    interviewing for a job - yeah, i don't like those, either.
    : )
    haven't done that a million times. i just fall into jobs, usually. but i appreciate the analogy. it's hard to explain why it's hard - just hard to describe what i do well and why, i guess. not fear of egoism, just more this sense of how to translate what one does unconsciously into conscious words?

    anyway, thanks for support!