Creativity and discovery,  Mature perspectives,  Motivation

A light on self-promotion

“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” ~Anne Lamott

I’ve always been conflicted about self-promotion. As soon as Writing Home was published, I had to set aside any sense of modesty or humility and “sell” my book (and myself) to a wider audience beyond my newspaper readership. It usually felt awkward.

Today, I admire younger authors and entrepreneurs who grew up on social media platforms and don’t think twice about putting themselves out there for attention.

But like most baby boomers I know, I was raised to think it’s not so cool to toot your own horn. And I still struggle with that. Deep down, I still want to believe that if you’re creating something that some people will enjoy or need, they’ll spot your lighthouse. ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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