"Plum-Picking with Niamh Clune."
How Tweet It Is To Be Loved By You!
It is difficult for new writers to ‘get their work out there.’ We are as a shoal of fish being tossed this way and that in an ever-changing Internet ocean. We are not big fish in a small pond, but tiny, miniscule fish in an Amazonian sea of self-promotions.
We try to stand out. We wrack our brains thinking of this sales technique or that, always trying to entice the reader to read us. After all, being read and enjoyed is the air we breathe, the liberation of a writer’s soul! We scour the Internet looking for information about ‘how to sell.’ Alternatively, those capitalising on our sales ignorance bombard our email boxes, face book pages, and twitter accounts with ‘follow me’ recipes guaranteed to bring instant fortune. Meanwhile, we try to wear every hat, self-promote, write the blog, tweet the tweet, tick the box and like the page, until there is little time left for writing.
This is why, I decided to create a new way of operating, of rocking and rolling in this gigantic, virtual ocean. I realised that by working together with others who are willing to support each other, we can do business a different, beautiful way. My strategy involves ‘Paying it Forward.’ I wanted to generate goodwill instead of Narcissism, and develop new networks, make new friends and generally not feel quite so lonely.
This describes my initiative with Plum Tree Books: a new approach to publishing and, hopefully, developing a strong, exciting, creative and innovative voice. I want us to be heard for our sweetness of tone, rather than being forced to shout, “Look at me, look at me!” Many collaborative promotional initiatives feed into this project such as supporting causes. After all, for some of us, it is easier to promote someone else’s wonderful work rather than rave about our own. (We are, of course, also capable of that, when asked!) Above all, I have been discovering other great talents. Plum Tree Books & Art specialises in quality.
Lovely to have you here…
Many thanks for you welcome visit.
Dr. Niamh Clune:
Author, Orange Petals in a Storm, The Coming Of The Feminine Christ.