Man I tell ya, being an independent writer is a challenge. Not only do you have to write the stories that you want to sell. You also (in some cases) have to edit the work after it’s finished, then get it out there. Seems simple enough right? Wrong. Cause once your work is out there, that’s where the real work begins. You have to get out there and promote your work.
How you go about doing that is up to you, but keep this in mind, If you go about promoting your work in a sociable manner right off the bat and stick with it for a while, don’t defer from that. Because by that point people will be used to your friendly attitude and might even tell others about you.
Now, if you promote your work in a friendly manner, and handle the costumer service aspects of it with a smile, for some time then suddenly change your approach and basically say “Fuck it” and go off on a tangent/vent session, well guess what? Not many people will like this sudden 180, and more than likely the feedback from such an outburst will probably hurt you and your ability to get your name out there.
“Are you speaking from experience?” You may ask.
No. Despite being tempted to do so about certain subjects that have caught my eye in the past, I have not done so, nor will I. This is basically me observing and keeping a watchful eye on what others do.
But keep that in mind when you’re promoting your work. Not only are you selling your work to people, you are also selling yourself. How you go about that, is completely up to you. Just keep in mind that when you’re selling yourself as Dr. Jekyll, don’t be surprised when people shy away, or completely disregard Mr. Hyde.