Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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Getting Known in the Book World!

I get asked this question at every event I attend, every time I do a public speaking gig and when I am out in public and people find out who I am. They all say “How did you get out there?”

Well as Rick Ricardo said to Lucy, “Let me splain.”

In order for people to know about my books they must first know about me. Yes, I know before all of you go all postal on me with comments like “But I am a very private person, I am shy, I can’t talk about myself, I don’t know how to talk about myself, I don’t know what to say, there is nothing outstanding about me, I am afraid(that is my all time favorite), just sit back and pay attention for a few minutes.

I am basically not only a very shy person, I am also a private person. I spent many years not believing there was anything worthwhile that anyone would be interested in. I knew I could write and I knew I did it well. I also knew that in order to sell my work I had to sell myself.

I had to take a close and honest look at who I was warts and all. I had to allow others to see my strengths and weaknesses. I had to be able to stand outside of the herd and let my own light shine above the Frey. Was it easy? No it was not. Did it take courage? Yes it did. Was it worth it? You betcha!

When I hear the above statements I more often than not reply “Just how serious are you? Just how bad do you want your work out there?”
This is what separates the men from the boys so to speak. This is what tells me who is really willing to do what ever it takes to get their work out to the public.

No one on this earth can sell your work like you the author. No one knows you better than you know yourself, even if you lie to yourself. You still know yourself better than anyone else. Only you can sell yourself. That is one of the many reasons I don’t go agents, publicist or PR people. I am just one of many they work with and they only scratch the surface. If I am in the mood to wear something unique I can. I am not afraid to step outside of the box, the reason, people will remember me. They might not remember all the titles to my books but they will remember the name.

Do I have down days and days that are filled with self doubt, sure I do. But I only allow it in for just a second before I push it aside and go at it again. I am unique, there is only one of me and I am the only one who writes like I do. Therefore I put something special out there.

So unless you are truly willing to put yourself out there and willing to do what it takes to make your name known – then you are basically wasting your talent and your craft. Being an author is like a marriage- it is work- like a marriage it will not grow or blossom without sacrifice and hard work. It will not work without honesty within yourself and those you come in contact with.

So Getting back to the question – How to get known in the Book World. Answer – Market yourself first. Find your niche- be unique- don’t follow the herd. Stand out from the herd. The rest will come

Wore this to a Networkers Luncheon in Vero Beach

November 4, 2011 - Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , ,

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