This is my seventh post for IWSG (Insecure Writer’s Support Group) founded by Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. IWSG is a support group for writers, where we talk of all our writing insecurities, fears, problems and help and support each other. We post on the first Wednesday of every month. To read the other posts, click here.
IWSG had completely slipped my mind, so when I read about it on Donna Hole’s blog last week, I received a shock, as there was no topic in my mind. I probed the depths of my mind, as a worry wart like me would surely be having several worries and insecurities stacked inside the corridors of my small mind.
Instantly, one of my most fearsome worries raised its ugly head. Book marketing worries. For the life of me I can’t market my books. I am not at all good at these things. I would not just be clueless, I would also not be able to ask my friends (read blog buddies) for help in promoting my book.
Seriously, it has been like that right from childhood. My mom often scolds me for never asking her for things. Even when I was a kid, I never asked. Asking, even requesting for something has never been my thing. I am too shy that way (I know that I don’t come across as shy). But appearances are deceptive.
I am always amazed when writers I don’t know approach me for critiques, book reviews, guest interviews and other promotional activities. I know for sure I won’t be able to do that. I also know for sure that my close blog buddies (you all know who you are) will bail me out and rush to my rescue without me even asking.
I am working on getting rid of this block (the inability to ask for help). Are you all like me? Do you think ten times before asking for help? Any advice on how to get rid of this habit? I am looking forward to reading your IWSG posts.