You’re So Vain
You ever hear the Faster Pussycat cover of that Carly Simon classic? It’s actually pretty awesome.
Why do I spend thirty minutes a day posting, reposting, blogging, or yapping about myself when, for the most part, I can’t stand it? Why would I think that it’s okay to put others through such apparent shameless blathering devoted entirely to myself? I mean, think about the really cool things I could be doing in that time: making my kids laugh, helping maintain the cleanliness of the house, reading, listening to Faster Pussycat, watching Pulp Fiction for the 273rd time (okay, so I couldn’t fit in all of the Tarantino classic, but I could blindly pick a scene and really, really fucking enjoy it). So why the hell do I want to use this time I’ll never get back to do something I don’t like to do? Simple: It serves a purpose.
I love what I do. I love creating characters, and putting them into nasty situations that make my mom say, “Ew, he just ate its guts!” Of course I want other like-minded, twisted souls reading and enjoying these realms of macabre wickedness, as well. The best way to make sure that happens? Post about it. Sadly, as artists, we must learn to smile wide and utilize the social media world by posting to the point of redundancy about our own work.
“Well if you like your work and you’re proud of something, what’s the problem with telling people about it?”
Easy, there’s nothing wrong with telling people something once, it’s the twenty other times during the following week that it tends to flirt with vanity. Don’t think that we aren’t aware of the perception. Believe me, I’ve heard about it from some of my closest friends. Through the grapevine, I heard one of my friend’s say, “Glenn thinks he’s hot shit.” I don’t think any such thing, but I am well aware that that is exactly how it looks to a certain percentage of folks. It’s just the name of the game. Truth is it feels like a job we could certainly write to Mike Rowe about.
Established writers have other people who are paid to do this dirty work for them. They have other people running their sites, and reminding the public that their next masterpiece is on its way. For us little guys, we must willingly jump (over and over) into the social media fire and have faith that we will not come out needing too many social skin grafts.
The bottom line is that it works. It takes time and effort to produce sales and gain any amount of fandom, but if done properly and consistently, it will be effective. If you’re not willing to at least appear to be some level of an ego maniac, you should probably just plan on selling your books to your grandparents.
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