Nowadays it seems that many authors are promoting their work, whether it’s fiction or poetry, at live events. In London, there are so many open mic nights that this isn’t a problem for big city people, but in smaller towns, there might only be one or two events once in a while. As with any profession, there are many pros and cons. The pros are: getting good publicity for your work and selling copies of your chapbooks/ work. The cons are: stage fright! A lot of authors enjoy writing in the comfort of a nice, quiet spot at home, but can be reticent to get out there and promote their work (I procrastinate at this myself). In fact, it brings the question to mind, is writing an introverted profession or is it a minor kind of showbiz, a bit similar to acting? In my experience, the best performance poets or prose writers were actors, or people who were used to reading on the radio. It takes skill, not only in entertaining the audience, but in rhythm, timing and delivery. And then there’s book signings: talking to the public, engaging their interest in your subject matter. Get used to muscle cramps in your cheeks from smiling and be prepared to skip your lunch break!

Writer at work: an introverted job

Writer at work: an introverted job

Not to complain, however, it’s all part of the fun. I suppose with any profession a good balance is key. Take the introverted side as it comes with the extroverted promotion: after all, a writer might write, but if they don’t promote, they don’t sell.

Writing as showbiz: in the limelight or not?

Writing as showbiz: in the limelight or not?

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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