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Self-Promotion

| September 16, 2014

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I’m horrible at it. I won’t lie.

The reason is simple: I don’t like talking about myself like that. It’s not a comfort zone of mine. I’m good at what I do, but talking about myself like I’m good at what I do feels like bragging to me. It isn’t false modesty–I’m genuinely not comfortable in doing it.

However, in order to make it in comics, you have to do a bit of self-promotion, even if you don’t want to. You can’t hide behind the work and the characters, because if you do, then the work won’t get seen.

My cousin wanted to be a one hit wonder in music. He wanted to make a video and not be in it, just wanted to make the one hit, and that was it. Why? He didn’t want to be seen. No shame, he just didn’t want to be famous.

Some people are just naturally comfortable in the limelight. They’re comfortable talking to people. Me? I’m better behind a keyboard. I’m better giving speeches. I’m better when I’m on ground that I know thoroughly. Then I can pontificate with the best of them. But ask me to sell myself? I’ve got no idea.

Self-promotion is important, though. It’s something that has to be done. Every single DD post I make is part of my own self-promotion. Every Bolts & Nuts article, every Proving Grounds entry. It’s all important.

Without at least a little bit of self-promotion, you might as well not even get out of bed.

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About the Author ()

Steven is an editor/writer with such credits as Fallen Justice, the award nominated The Standard, and Bullet Time under his belt, as well as work published by DC Comics. Between he and his wife, there are 10 kids (!), so there is a lot of creativity all around him. Steven is also the editor in chief and co-creator of ComixTribe, whose mission statement is Creators Helping Creators Make Better Comics. If you're looking for editing, contact him at stevedforbes@gmail.com for rate inquiries.

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