Irish writer Nuala Ní Chonchúir wrote in a blog for the Irish Writer's Centre:
The promotional end of things is not always fun for writers. We are often, by nature, solitary beings, preferring our own company and that of our fictional friends to that of real people. We are OK with being on our own, tapping out imagined lives on our computers. But once the book is written and published, there is a whole slew of other stuff that we have to take part in and that can be daunting. These include readings, appearances, signings, book tours, interviews and, sometimes, amusing photo shoots.
She is right. It is often hard for writers, who have been trained to do solitary work and who are often introverted by nature, to switch hats once their books are bought and published and sing their own praise. It can be uncomfortable. It can feel like speaking a foreign language. It can, at its worst, cause much stress and anxiety.
Says Jincy Willett, author of Amy Falls ...