I decided to start this year with a few goals to keep my book, Trixi Pudong and the Greater World, visible to new readers out there with a Goodreads Giveaway. And it looks like this:
Enter by Feb. 16 to win a signed copy!
I'm not going to lie: Marketing your own creative works is hard. Making it sound easy would be a disservice to artists across the board, especially those who lack a little narcissism. But on that long road into the distance of self-promotion, I have definitely learned something very valuable: It is much easier to market a work that is finding a following and getting good reviews. Does that sound obvious? Maybe, but it's not. Many of my highly-educated, talented creative friends happen to make things that the mainstream, average consumer has difficulty appreciating. (They're far from alone.) Yet artists must follow their hearts to find their voices, hone their craft, practice their technique. Passion is the creative mind's engine -- or solar panel, wind turbine, whatever. Then, once in a while, a work will stick out and seem to surf away on the hands of an unexpected, enthusiastic audience.
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