What’s an Introvert to Do?

I finally finished a book called “Quiet”.  Since I have always thought of myself as an introvert, yet am never believed when I tell people I am, this book made me realize I was right and so were they!

I can “act” like an extrovert, but find it exhausting. The author does a great job illustrating the seeming contradiction between professions that require extroversion, and introverts doing well in them. My job requires me to be an extrovert a few times a year, for two weeks at a time. Every time I come home exhausted and need to recharge. Now I understand why and can temper these trips with mini breaks to regroup.

The research she did to explain her points was spot on and gave it credibility. I finished it feeling like “I get it!” and “I even get myself!”  Whenever someone questioned my labeling myself “an introvert” I found myself not sure how to back up my perspective. Now I can.

My husband bought me this book for Christmas. He’s also an introvert and found some of the passages I read out loud rang true.

If you feel like a freak: caught between introversion and extroversion, pick this up and say hello to yourself!


Marketing 101 Doesn’t Apply Here

SucceedMarketing a book without an agent, a publishing house, or having a famous person endorse it is incredibly hard.

There, I said it.

It’s a numbers game, book marketing. Finding “that one person” who reads it, loves it and passes it to another person, is the key to starting a PR fire.  And it’s incredibly hard to find that one person.  I’ve left hard copies on planes when I travel, and I’ve given away more copies than I’ve sold.  I am just another “wanna be” out there and it makes me question my abilities.  I am not good at being aggressive in my tactics. And I think repetitive Tweets are just plain annoying. I mean really, how many Tweets have made you buy a book?

I doubt myself and get discouraged until someone else I know reads it and loves it. Then I wonder, wait, perhaps this is something worth pursuing.

So I stab at the marketing. While committing to my day job (which is, ironically, marketing for a small company, which has gone well).

I will keep looking for “the person” who’s key to my book landing it a spot where it gets noticed.  I’m not out to make a million. But a small following of fans would be pretty cool.