A monthly blog by Andrea Long.
Heeeelllllooooo. Is there anyone there? Wow, golly, you mean you can see my words on this screen? The reason I’m asking is that lately I’ve been feeling rather invisible.
You see I also masquerade as Mother, Partner, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Research Administer, Medical Secretary and part-time student. The fact is that most people recognise me as one of these, and not so many know I’ve written two novels. That’s right, there are two 80k babies I have birthed joyfully. One of these is ready to be published and here’s where I currently have a problem. Do I self publish and promote my own book, or attempt to get an agent?
My first thoughts were to obtain an agent as my ultimate wish is to see a printed novel of mine on a shelf in a well known book store. My first submission was received very well. It was still rejected, but given good feedback by a top agent. I was ecstatic. Surely it couldn’t be too long before I was snapped up? She recommended two agents to send it onto who were looking for novels like mine. I sent it them and heard … NOTHING. Now I know agents receive zillions of submissions every day and they can’t possibly respond to all (even though the first did and she is one of the best), but this does not help with my feelings of paranoia, as for a long time, even before J.K. Rowling bestowed it to Harry Potter, I’ve felt wrapped in a cloak of invisibility.
I won’t bore you with details, but for a large portion of my life I’ve felt that people haven’t seen me. This year I’ve started wondering if that’s because of how I act. I tend to shy away from self-promotion as I don’t want to be seen as egotistical; just last week at work I tried mentioning something I’d done well and got a ‘get her’ kind of comment. I don’t know how to deal with these.
Anyway dear Reader, this is where you come in. I always have a theme for each New Year and this year I made it SPOTLIGHT. I have resolved to shine a light firmly on myself whether people think my head is expanding or not. It’s time to get my writing out there.
So in the first instance I have set up a Facebook Author Page. A page about MY writing, with news about MY writing. I don’t intend to bombard the people who ‘like’ my page with posts of how wonderful I am, but if I have a story published, you bet I’m going to shout it from the rooftops (aka post a big status).
So who’s with me? Who else feels invisible? Let’s start to peek out from under that cloak together. This month’s task is to make yourself an Author page. Wherever on the web you prefer, go forth and publicise yourself.
I’ll see you again next month (that’s right you aren’t invisible to me). In the meantime feel free to comment below or track me down via the links in my biography section.
Andie M Long is a writer with several published short stories and poems. She is currently editing book two and writing book three. Feel free to connect and contact her on: Twitter; Facebook and her personal blog.