Cultural (P)references and Marketing

Self-promotion – are you a slave to your cultural hang-ups? 😉

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books My idol, Lord Chesterfield

“A university lecturer, huh? So, how much do you make?”

I almost choked on my wine, narrowly avoiding showering my shirt with red droplets . In the UK, where I lived at the time, this was a question you would never, ever ask – even your best friend. And yet, the cute girl from abroad had no qualms about it, although we had only just met. I managed to slip away at the first chance I got, rattled by what I perceived as a regrettable lack of manners.

A Confident Friend

I was reminded of this when I recently fell out with a good friend. She is the kind of person who enjoys announcing her worth to the world. She will tweet about her book daily, and promote it to everyone who’ll listen.

I, on the other hand, immediately shy away from anything remotely seen as blowing my…

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3 thoughts on “Cultural (P)references and Marketing

  1. I think the “be yourself” advice is very appropriate. If you’re uncomfortable with promoting what you’ve written, it will show. I love the way my friend Hank Phillippi Ryan does it — she’s the author of really big bestsellers and winner of many awards, and yet she always manages to promote others first, thank her fans in a heartfelt way, post funny and real details about her life, and sound absolutely delighted about her triumphs. Here’s her FB page:

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