Toot Your Horn Indie Authors, But Don’t Be Selfish

Indie Authors, Indie PoetsBeing an Indie author has its perks, but it also has its pits. While we have a lot of self-promoting we do for our individual works, especially since we do not fall under the auspices of the traditional publishing marketing realm, we sometimes become so self-absorbed in our products that we tend to discount the works put out by other comrades. When we only focus on ourselves and what others can do for us or purchase from us, we can sometimes appear from the outside looking in as selfish and a little narcissistic. Although we may not really give it much thought, we have to evaluate where we are to make sure we are not alienating our potential audiences.

Last year, I did the “12 Days of Poetry” and offered to feature the works of many Indie poets on this forum. I have to say that the feedback from many of you who were featured last year, showed how a little support encouraged authors and helped to garner more exposure for the products we worked so hard to produce. In addition to that, let us be more vigilant in following each other on our social media forums. If you are on Goodreads, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Google +, Instagram or another social media channel not mentioned, let’s commit to not only building our social media following, but return the courtesy and follow back.

Now, as a precaution, on Twitter for example, you may have many people who follow you and their content is overtly pornographic or discriminatory. In cases like that use your common and professional judgment about returning the follow. Choose wisely. So, starting right now as you are reading this, share a link to your product page or website in the comment section below so that I can share it in an upcoming post in the next two weeks. Yep, this is your time to toot your horn!

Have a fabulous day and I look forward to hearing from you!


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