One of the most challenging parts of publishing your book independently is self-promotion. You have to walk the fine line between getting it out there, and not tooting your own horn too much. Using social media to your advantage, but not annoying people.
I’m also fighting a different issue.
I went ahead and made these bumper stickers. I love them. I think they came out just perfect. They are intriguing. As an avid reader I’d look up the book for sure, if I saw the bumper sticker on the back of someone’s car.
The problem is actually putting it on my car. Now, we’re not generally bumper sticker people. Too worried about our cars’ finishes (which is funny because we don’t have fancy cars), but anyway…I bought some magnetic paper to stick to the back so that isn’t the issue.
The problem is the title. DAUGHTER OF THE DRUNK AT THE BAR.
There is still shame.
But what exactly do I have to be ashamed about?
My father spent more time in a bar, than he did at home. He didn’t take care of us. Little kids think it is their fault. If they were somehow more lovable, they could change it. In their minds, DAUGHTER OF THE DRUNK AT THE BAR = Not good enough. Not worth it.
The adult me knows this isn’t true. She knows it’s good business sense to advertise her book in any way she can.
The little kid me fears the person behind me at the traffic light will scoff.
So the grown up me takes the little girl’s hand, and together, for all the daughters, they slap that baby on both cars.
No shame little one. No shame.
* If you by any chance, would like to help me promote by slapping one on your own car, e-mail me your address and I’ll get one to you. Thanks so much for your support.
lifeorileyo @ gmail.com