I should be doing some self-promotion now but it is wearisome to do. Because I’m being published and by three publishers, I’m assuming that I’m being published is important, and that I have to do something to coordinate the effect, thus the self-promotion, though I haven’t done it before and am not sure therefore how to go about it. I start from the premiss, agreed with the publisher of my short story, of which this is a review, http://zencore2007.wordpress.com/186-2/, people have to know, otherwise how can they know to buy? That’s the imposition on them of telling the story’s been published. I’ve been telling people I know therefore and trawling through my email addresses. It doesn’t seem to be working.
Diana bought a book and John in prison read my copy I lent him. (His being in prison doesn’t give him a get out of gaol free card with respect to buying the book in the longer term.) He was unexpectedly enthusiastic, making me think the story’s not as difficult as the writers in my Writers’ Group I’ve been using as readers have been making out. Friends have posed difficulties about buying the book my story’s in, actually thinking they should be given complimentary copies. There was one such, sold to Diana. She and John said they were jealous. John added they’re used to being given attention and don’t want to give it. To which I’d add because the former bestows importance while the latter would seem to diminish importance to themselves.