Other people’s excitement
Nadine came over to see what she thought would be the dust jacket. She was so excited to find out it was the whole book. She kept saying how exciting it was. Later Marc came over to congratulate me and say how exciting it was. (And offer me cherries.)
Nadine says she’s going to buy a copy when it’s out. I’ll probably just give her the proof. If she insists on wanting to buy it, I’ll tell her to write me a check for the cut I’d get from Amazon. That way she can avoid shipping.
It’s incredibly sweet of my in-laws to be so excited on my behalf. It’s good someone is because I mainly get excited at the idea that soon this’ll all be over.
Except that that’s not remotely true.
The art of self-promotion
You see, once the book is out I still have to market it. And since I don’t have a publisher behind me, I have to reach out to everyone myself. I have to be the self-promoting author that I absolutely don’t want to be. (Maybe that explains the lack of excitement.)
I was emailing back and forth with someone about the progress on the book. I enumerated the people I’ve reached out to/got confirmations of interest from. She said I was “so popular” and that she has a hard time putting herself out there like I do.
What she doesn’t know is how I cringe and squirm before hitting “Send” on the email, Twitter message or Contact form begging for help. But it has to be done in order to get the word out. And at least they can’t see me. It’s going to be much harder at FinCon.
My mom helped me create a press release, so I’ll be blanketing people with podcasts, TV and radio stations and (just in case) major shows like “The View,” “Ellen” and “The Daily Show.” The good news for the local stations angle is that May is Mental Health Awareness month. So it’s a good angle.
So I have a long future of self-promotion ahead of me, which probably explains why I’m more weary than excited.
Not long now
All of that being said, as yesterday’s post indicated the proof is in my hot little hands. Or at least on my kitchen counter.
I found a couple of mistakes that have been fixed, but that means I have to resubmit the copy for review over the weekend. That takes around 24 hours. But the formatting is all the same in the new copy. So I can just review that as a digital proof.
Meaning that the physical version of the book should be available on Amazon no later than Wednesday. Hopefully.
In other news
As I’ve said before, this book is full of useful information about side hustles. So if it’s something you’ve been meaning to look into — or if you just enjoy David’s writing and want to support him — now’s your chance.
This morning and yesterday afternoon, I suddenly felt very sick. To be clear, this morning I obviously hadn’t eaten in a while. And yesterday I’d had a bunch of cookies about 90 minutes before. So it could well have been low blood sugar.
And in the past two days I choked back tears around five times. Well, I choked back tears twice. The other three times my eyes briefly sprung leaks.
Once while talking about my hopes-but-also pessimism once I do get pregnant. The other two times were because stupid Hulu has a stupid iPhone commercial showing moms — many with babies.
So it could just be that it was a sensitive subject those three times and low blood sugar the other two.
Or maybe it’s a good sign.* Who knows? Certainly not me — until at least Wednesday. And really, what says “anniversary” more than the chance you’ll have to go get progesterone suppositories?
Tim and I are classic romantics like that.
Have you guys ever struggled with self-promotion? Who’s read David’s book already? Anyone else see the iPhone commercial I’m talking about?
*And I hope so. Because otherwise I’ve become a huge wimp.