Letâ€™s face it, being a shy writer doesnâ€™t work that well these days what with the world of Twitter, Face Book, and blogs. Iâ€™m more exposed as a writer than any other job that Iâ€™ve had. Different versions of me (aging me) over the past six years are documented on my blog.Â My kids’ pictures are there. My husband might still be spared from a public appearance.Â When moms that I see every day at school pick-up and drop-off tell me that they read my About Me page, I turn bright red.
I’m putting myself out there, yet I’m embarrassed by it. I write about parts of my personal life that I would only tell a close friend, but I blurt it out to the world. And then, I’m surprised when someone who I haven’t “told” begins to talk to me about it. Itâ€™s like owning a business but my face, heart, and soul are the business and to succeed I have to promote myself. I write what matters to me and sometimes that leaves me feeling a little vulnerable. These days a writer has to have some guts. Having a blog or website to quickly point to in a submission email to an editor is important and required.
When my writing started to spread across different online periodicals, I needed more than the “about me” pageÂ buried inÂ my blog. I needed an â€śauthorâ€ť site to quickly list the location of my different writing samples. Thatâ€™s how I found about.me. Itâ€™s so easy to use and gets the job done, for now. Do I really need a huge headshot of my wrinkles? I don’t know, probably. As a reader of blogs, the first thing that I do is look for a picture of the author. Eventually, Iâ€™ll probably have to make a real web site with my name as the URL, but until I have a book to sell there, about.me/thaisderich works just fine.
How do you promote yourself as a writer?
About the Author: Thais Derich is writing her first book,Â First Do No Harm: A Memoir,Â about birth and motherhood. She writes at SpinachandHoney.com and has contributed to Salon.com, SFGate.com’s Mommy Files and was a contributing food blogger for theÂ San Francisco Examiner.