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To plug one’s work comes easy to some, not so very much, to others. That’s actually quite okay. To each, their own. We are all different people and have our different abilities, or inabilities, as the case may be.
The problem arises when those who cannot promote their work due to whatever reason – their quiet nature perhaps, shyness, or simply laziness and/or lack of good ideas to drum up custom, or even not having a large friends circle to spread the word – accuse those who are adept at boosting their chances as being publicity-hungry/crazy.
Hello! Like, really?
Until and unless someone’s way of advertising their work inconveniences and incapacitates you personally – like taking away that plate of food from your table or the roof from above your head or… well, you get the drift – there shouldn’t be any problem. I am willing to concede using a loudspeaker in your vicinity to sell their work also constitutes an offence.
Just because you are the kind who disdains publicity – or at least outwardly give the impression of disdaining it – it does not warrant that others give up what they are good at. If we have limitations, isn’t it better to capitalize on those very limitations or at the very least be aware of them and accept that’s who we are and let things be?
Somehow in all this Looking Down The Nose At Those Who Do Things Differently From Me business, I am reminded of sour grapes. Or am I thinking of green monsters?! Hmmm….
© Shail Mohan 2019
P.S. As travel beckons, I’ll be taking a break once again. Be back next week to ‘bore’ you all!
Points to ponder here.
Advertisement that fills up mailbox or pops up everytime we open the browser, and yes the loid speaker kind too, I find that annoying… The rest is fine. But thats just me…I stopped watching TV because of ads.
Yes, they are all annoying. But here I was focusing more on blogs and books by bloggers.
Same pinch. I too stopped watching TV for the same reason. 🙂
I get it. I really do. I was one of those people who felt angry about getting her work unnoticed because of the reluctance to market it. With time I realised that packaging is important too, and should not be dismissed as something shallow.
Yes, indeed. Some of us are reluctant and like you say there might be anger too. But we must not let that transform into dislike for those who are adept at selling their work. 🙂
I’ve been promoting my book on FB mostly, because one felt that some feedback from friends was worthwhile, before deciding to push it. But then am also getting to learn that most promotional channels comes with a cost.
The Publishers suggested getting it displayed on their shelves in their stalls for the Kochi book fair and the Delhi Book fair, yes, at a prize. I was reluctant initially because that may not translate into sales. But then , because the book is not available in bookstores and only online, I was told that this would be a good way to make it visible. So I have paid up , keeping my fingers crossed.
Good suggestion from them to increase visibility. I hope your book gets to more people that way. It is worthy of more attention. 🙂
If the point of your work, whatever it is, is to get it across to others , I guess one would have to present it in the public in some way. It is for the customer to decide on its worth and reject it . But yes, even in the world of advertising one would expect a certain ethics that the product is promoted for it actually is , without embellishing qualities which are not there.
I agree, Nadira. 🙂