That Shameless Self Promotion Thing

Oh my, this is rearing its ugly head again. I’ve talked about my feelings on the self promotion thing before and I’ve tried to shake them off, but to no avail. It’s not that I don’t want people to read my book, of course I do. I just don’t want to shove it in their faces.

I have this crazy idea that I should be able to write it, stick it up on Amazon and let people discover it all by themselves. Please don’t all shout deluded fool all at once – I have a headache.

Now, I know that’s not likely to happen so I had a word with a friend who works in marketing. I thought he might come up with some subtle ways to promote that don’t involve, well, me.

He didn’t! It seems Brett doesn’t do subtle. One of his more decorous ideas was to get a T-shirt printed with the book cover and my website address on the front.

Now, Brett is a good salesman. He’s enthusiastic, he’s optimistic, and could probably sell me a pair of stiletto shoes (anyone who knows me will be aware that no one else could give me a pair of stiletto shoes, not even if they offered me their house to take them.) Anyway, with my judgement seriously impaired by Brett’s exuberance, I agreed to give it a go and the T-shirt arrived today.

Hmm! I’m well known for the odd wardrobe malfunction but my book on my boobs!! What was I thinking?

Brett, seriously boet. No!

Back to the drawing board, I guess.

9 thoughts on “That Shameless Self Promotion Thing”

  1. Chris says:

    Brett, ‘ja asseblief!’ I’ll take a teeshirt! thank you! Dankie πŸ˜€

    Im practicing my afrikaans! πŸ˜€ But yes, You get free traffic and publicity on my blog too.

    Osu! Plus there’s msn, facebook, twitter too!


    1. Karen says:

      Osu Chris!

      Wow, Afrikaans nogal. Cool πŸ˜€

      Yes, thank you. I do get quite a lot of traffic from your site. Your blog is the perfect example of how I would like it to happen. I had been following you ever since you popped into my inbox on my Google Alert for Kyokushin. One day I just felt like leaving a comment and wishing you luck with your training. I had no idea you would come to my site and like what you saw.

      At that point it had never even occurred to me to market Sanchin to martial artists – in fact, I was trying to avoid them lol (can you see why I’m so bad at this?) I certainly never expected the wonderful response I got. πŸ˜€ But that’s great because it just sort of happened. I didn’t actually have to promote myself, you did it all for me. Thank you.

      I haven’t thought about tackling MSN or Facebook yet, but I did manage to make my Twitter page look like a circus with the book cover πŸ˜€

      Are you serious about the shirt? I’ll have to see what I can do if you want one.


  2. Mark says:

    Yes Facebook!!! If you don’t make an official fan page for Sanchin, I will. You never even mention it on there. Get out from under that rock of yours LOL. And wear the shirt at the IFK Knockdown Tourney where the karate peeps are. Are you going?

    Hey Chris, I saw on your blog you are from Malaysia. Where are you learning Afrikaans? Ek’s beΓ―ndruk. (I’m impressed)

    1. Karen says:

      Mark, bru, I’ll klap you if you do lol. It was also one of Brett’s suggestions to make a page on Facebook and MySpace. I killed my MySpace account a while ago though. I got a lot of weirdos on there.

      I am going to MK but I won’t be wearing my book on my boobs!

  3. Mark says:

    I’ll wear a Sanchin shirt then. And be nice, I’m still promoting your art in my avi πŸ˜€ If you would just promote that you could give up the day job and write fiction full time.

  4. Karen says:

    Hehe Spark I saw you had Gawie on here as well as FB. I don’t think it’s lack of promotion that stops me from getting anywhere with my art. I think it’s my insistence on making life size baboons, surfers and karateka instead of nice little decorative items that people can actually display in their homes.

  5. Emil says:

    Men look at boobs. Full stop. I think you might as well get some mileage from it. If not the book, perhaps a neutral web address that links to “purchase my book.” Damn, use your marketing … eh … ability πŸ˜›

    Seriously, Facebook is a good start. The challenge with sel-fpublishing is exactly the marketing. If you don’t do it yourself, no-one else is going to to. It does mean YOU need to do it, though πŸ˜‰

    Maybe the blogging network can help.

    Perhaps you can advertise where you practice, do a few flyers or hope word of mouth materializes in some purchases. If not, do consider Brett’s concept πŸ˜†

    Good luck, anyway!

  6. Chris says:

    Mark Boet, Dankie. I used to study in the UK, so i do remember being taught by a south african relief exchange teacher, who also coached me in Rugby! I learnt a few phrases here and there πŸ™‚ And I quite the like the accent πŸ™‚ ‘Bru’ instead of bro sounds way cooler.

    Anyway Karen, Osu, of course we all have to help each other in whatever way we can. I mean whether you are for or against globalisation, i think it has been by and large a beneficial thing for people who are not always out there to profit but rather just to make friends!!

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Emil,
    Yes, men do and I suppose if I give them an excuse to do it I’m less likely to be annoyed if they’re not making eye contact πŸ™‚ My sister is a graphic designer and she’s onto the flyer thing for me and the Facebook idea is sort of taking shape. Now, to work on my confidence.

    Osu Chris!
    If nothing else comes of this little venture, I’ll always be grateful for the new friends I’ve made through it, so it has already been a success.

    Ah, and now I know why you support the Springboks πŸ˜€

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