The pros and cons of author promotion #amwriting

fantasy_quill_by_kippcantdance-d48o7urTwo articles by the same author, both well worth a read…they polarised opinion when first published.

The first was found via Wendy at  No Wasted Ink‘s weekly writing links:

Please shut up: Why self-promotion as an author doesn’t work.

The second gives the other side of the eternal argument…

WAIT, KEEP TALKING: Author Self-Promotion That Actually Works

Both articles are from Delilah S. Dawson aka Lila Bowen.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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21 Responses to The pros and cons of author promotion #amwriting

  1. Marcia says:

    I enjoyed both of those posts, Sue. Some very good advice that I will try to take to heart. At least the parts which work for me, and fit my own goals. Thanks so much for sharing.


  2. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Read, consider and decide which (or even which parts) you’d go for…


  3. Excellent articles and they surely make sense. Thanks for sharing, Sue. 🙂


  4. jazzfeathers says:

    I actually read the first post yesterday and honestly, I didn’t really agree with it. Being an author today isn’t about just writing… and I wonder whether it has ever been. Yes, we can close ourselves up in our house and write tens of books, the books we want to write, but I think storytelling is above all communication, that’s the point of telling a story, and communication happens when two parties meet.
    So really, I think social medis is a wonderful thing that has happened to writers of the XXI century.

    That’s why I agree completely with the second article, instead. I’ve always thought (as many authors think) that I would hate promoting my book. But then I realising promoting isn’t the incessnat ‘buy my book’ that we all see around. Promoting is sharing, sharing what we like and what we’re passionate about. Including our stories. That’s why I’m going about it with a light heart and honestly so far I’m even enjoying it 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.


  5. dgkaye says:

    2 excellent posts, yet there seems to be such a fine line. 🙂


    • Sue Vincent says:

      There is… I see no reason why writers should not promote their books, in fact, it seems silly not to when no-one else can or will if we don’t! But constant, blatant BUY IT shouts with little other interest do nothing for me. I would hope that sales come on the back of readers getting the chance to know you and your style…and if they like what they read on social media, they might be tempted to look at the books.

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