- by Barbara Meyers
Mark Twain didn’t Twitter
Thoreau had no Facebook
If I don’t do both
I’ll get a dirty look
How did Wharton promote?
Milton had no Myspace
But if I’m not on it
I’ll have egg on my face
(Since Lord Byron didn’t blog
Was his work lost in a fog?)
Get your name out there
So you’ll be recognized
Give lots of effort
Lest you be despised
A booksigning here
A conference there
If I don’t go
Will I get the heave ho?
Self-promotion I think is overrated.
The market is now so saturated.
Too many authors need to make a name.
If their books do not sell, are they solely to blame?
The bestselling author of … Dragon Tattoo
Died before he had a chance to say boo
About what he’d done in an interview.
Explain that to me I beg of you.
All I wanted to do was write good books
With complex plots and opening hooks.
That isn’t enough in this market I’m told.
You must do more to get your work sold.
It’s up to you, the publishers cry.
Now do your part, to the internet hie.
Get your web site in order, it better be great
To avoid that awful twist of fate.
If we see that your sell-through numbers suck
Oh, I’m sorry, you’re a sitting duck.
It’s not our fault, it’s the market you see.
But you can self-publish, just pay the fee.
We’re sorry to hear that you worked so hard
If only we lived in the day of “The Bard.”
In that case you’d have an easier time.
Less competition, more time to pen lines.