Kody Keplinger’s THE DUFF was released. And to help promote it both Kody and her agent J. Volpe were encouraging people on Twitter to share their DUFF stories. A time when you felt excluded. I shared about a time when I wore what I considered awesome sneakers to school in 7th grade. I caught a couple girls whispering and laughing (and I could just tell they were at my sneakers) and I never wore the sneakers again. Clearly, I was not the fashionista of the family.
On the topic of followers, there are so many blog contests going on that I’ve become numb to them. Ever since BEA there have been so many arc giveaways I can’t count them. And now it’s critiques. And gift cards. I’m not complaining. I’ve won several books – in fact I won an arc of THE DUFF and read it over the summer. (A great read!)Contests are great, they are a way of paying it forward and giving back.
Sometimes though, I feel like contests are a manipulation to get more followers. I’ll click away if I’m asked to do like ten million things. I’ll follow, I’ll comment, and I’ll tweet. Once in a while I’ll blog about a contest. That’s my limit. Because beyond that – contests can take up a lot of time. Time I don’t have.
Sometimes I feel like a DUFF in the writing world. Whether it’s blogging or twitter. I have a feeling even agented and published writers feel that way because there is always the next hump to get over. The next circle of bloggers or writers to get chummy with.
But then I remind myself that the writing world is not middle school. (Thank God!) And bloggers, industry professionals, and writers are some of the most kindest, giving, encouraging people I know.
And then I remind myself that the single most important thing in getting an agent, selling a book, and having a writing career is about the writing. And writing a compelling story!
So my advice? Figure out the core emotional truths about yourself and inject that kind of honesty into your writing. (I’ll probably need a therapist.)
Do you ever feel like a duff in the blogging/writing/twitter world? Don’t worry about it – get back to your writing!