When I think of the best jobs for an introvert, writing definitely comes to mind. You can sit at a computer, build your own worlds, create your own characters and you can participate in the action in those words like you can’t in your real life. You don’t have to leave the house, you don’t have to try and figure out what to say to people. Your main characters can be articulate, gregarious and outgoing, all from the safety of your preferred space.
The problem is, once you get the writing all done and the book is published. Whether it’s self-pub or commercially likely doesn’t matter at this point because it all comes down to the same thing: getting your book out there for people to read. I am just in the process of doing this now with my first book. It’s self-pub and so I obviously can’t give a perspective on working directly with a publisher, but my husband is amazing and has been pointing me the right direction for marketing and the things I need to do in order to get my face out there.
I’ve learned that for an introverted author, this is the hardest part of it all. I don’t really know what to say to people anymore. I did once, but as the years passed, I’ve become more and more reclusive. I watch more than I speak, I get anxiety when I leave the house and I always, always think I’ve made a complete fool of myself every time I talk to people.
Where is the balance between getting to do something you love and having an anxiety attack every time someone says the words ‘book signing’? This has to be the most privately difficult thing that introverted writers have to do. I know I’m not the first and I certainly won’t be the last. In order to sell books, you have to get out there, you have to build a following by reaching out to people and sharing the things you love with them.
It’s hard and I’m personally really worried that I’m going to say something totally ridiculous to someone or give away too many plot secrets. Does anyone want to babysit the kids so my husband can babysit me?