Of the 36 writing and publishing related links I tweeted this (as I do almost every) week, the most gripping headline undoubtedly belonged to How One Self-Published Author Landed A Movie Deal, a guest post on Joanna Penn’s ever-inspiring The Creative Penn. We can all dream, eh?
Unfortunately, in landing said deal, the self-published author in question displayed a whole lot more ballsiness than I could ever muster – including applying for a scriptwriting job when he’d never written a script, and promoting the socks off his novel to a cornered film producer. I get terribly tongue-tied when anyone asks me about my writing and I’m afraid I don’t have a pushy bone in my body. Assertiveness training required, perhaps? Thank goodness for the internet – a godsend for introverted types like me.
My confidence did receive a boost on Friday, however, thanks to two lovely Follow Friday shout-outs on Twitter. Props to Tahir and Alison! I never got any #FFs until I started sending them out myself, which goes to show that – with social media as in the rest of life – the more you put in, the more you get out.
One of the two mentioned me tweeting “useful self-publishing articles”. I’ve been doing this all year, but it’s great to be noticed at last! And this proves another rule of online presence-building: unless you’re Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber, it never happens overnight.
Not that it’s happened for me (yet!), of course. But with encouraging feedback like this, I’ll keep twittering until it does!★