Are you a writer who likes to keep to yourself? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Many writers are quiet, introverts. There is nothing wrong with this, as you will have certain characteristics that give you your greatest strengths. An example of this could be, being an attentive listener to other people and being thoughtful before speaking.
Another is drawing on your energy while being alone, which in turn can give you the boost to keep writing. Also, having the time to think means you can conjure up new settings and characters for your stories.
However, as fully fledged self-publisher of your work, you’re far more than just a writer. You’re responsible for the sales and marketing of your own eBooks, too. In order to do this effectively, there are certain skills that can help to increase your self-confidence, so that you can step out of the lone writer mode when you need to, and reach out to the world. Read on to find out more.
Do Public Speaking
Being able to market your eBooks means you need to be the best spokesperson of your work. This means being able to confidently speak to people; especially those you don’t know well, about your work and how great it is.
Public speaking is a wonderful way to increase your ability to speak out. You can get involved in public speaking by attending a local group, where you can build your confidence in speaking to audiences. Before you know it, you’ll be pitching your eBooks to new people you’ve just met in no time!
Attend Networking Events
A great way to become confident is to put yourself into situations which make you feel uncomfortable, such a business networking events. At such events, people come to connect with others and find new business opportunities.
Attending book fairs in particular, are ideal because you can meet people from the publishing industry to forge partnerships with, and even find potential people who will end up buying your eBooks!
If you like to get out and about and mingle with people, then great. If you don’t, and like spending time alone, this is fine as well. However, every once in a while, make effort to socialise.
Socialising and meeting people will get you used to being around others, where having conversations is the name of the game. And by engaging in conversations with others, your communication skills will be enhanced. You can then transfer your social skills over to when you’re in front of an unfamiliar person, and are talking about your work.
Take Up Leadership Opportunities
By running your own publishing company, you’re already leading your own business. However, you can take your leadership skills to the next level, by getting involved in other activities where you get the opportunity to practice and hone your leadership abilities. In turn, your self-confidence will also grow.
A leadership opportunity could be very close to you, right now. It could be starting a project to help people within your community, or leading a club involved in an activity that is of interest to you.
Image credit: bitesizeinspiration on flickr and reproduced under Creative Commons 2.0[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://writingtipsoasis.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/hv1.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Hiten Vyas is the Founder and Managing Editor of eBooks India. He is also a prolific eBook writer with over 25 titles to his name.[/author_info] [/author]