My book has been available for sale for a couple of weeks, and it's been an amazing adventure to publicize and talk about it to readers. Much of my interaction is online, of course. Creating a platform and making readers aware of my book through Internet connections is not only time consuming, but also it is plain hard work.
Hyping my book to groups in my hometown and across the nation through personal appearances is fun. Maybe I just like to talk. Maybe I'm thoroughly intrigued by my characters and plot and like to voice my enthusiasm. Whatever the reason, I love to talk about my book and my writing.
There is a caveat, however. There are always those who will not like my style, genre, characters, title, cover, or me. Here's a line I read in one of my online groups which expresses my feeling exactly:
"Going public with your creativity is like walking out with your pants down."
(Nancy LiPetri on Maria Ruiz's author website.)