"The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid." ~Lady Bird Johnson
I just found out that my publisher (Samhain) has canceled its appearance at the Philadelphia Book Festival in May. Even though my book wasn't going to be out in print yet, I had still planned on going and promoting/meeting other authors and some of the staff/checking out the rest of the book festival.
Now I'm not.
And the reason they gave for canceling? "lack of participation."
Okay, this was a totally free promotional opportunity for authors, other than the cost of getting yourself to the festival if you were from out of town. Samhain has a lot of authors, and I just can't believe they couldn't find a solid 5-10 to go to this thing. (Earlier in the year, they were actually trying to limit the number of authors who could be at the tent at one time, to give everyone some time/space). But this is what I'm discovering, the more time I spend talking to other authors and reading conversations on loops: many don't like to actively promote themselves.
I understand that some writers may be reticent...that's the beauty of writing, right?! You don't have to talk to, or see, anyone else. But why wouldn't you take advantage of chances to interact with potential readers, to talk about your books and what you've accomplished? I see plenty of people taking out ads (which cost $$$ in some cases) or participating in chats or contests or giveaways, though lately even those seem more sparsely populated. I just don't understand why authors wouldn't want to do everything possible to promote and market their work, especially when some options are free or super-low cost.
Unless they really don't care if anyone buys it. I suppose that could be the case. Writing a book is one thing, and finding a publisher is another, but once those accomplishments are through, maybe that's enough for some people.
I don't know...but I'm still disappointed.
What do you think?