There was a time when most of the writers I knew, including myself, were introverts. We didn't much care to leave the house, so staying handcuffed to a computer and surrounded by books instead of people was what we looked forward to.
But it's not that we didn't want to be around people. It's just exhausting trying to be around people. Who would guess that the person with so many stories to write has so few words to say to people? The only real way to recharge our batteries is to get some alone time. And for some of us, that's just not possible. Alone time is just a pipe dream.
However, now, alone time isn't even that anymore. A generation ago, writers did what they did best – they wrote. Editors edited, proofreaders proofread. And promoters promoted and publishers published. And agents… Agented? No… Agents represented writers so that writers didn't have to spend the time doing all that other stuff.
Now, it seems as though not only do writers need to start wearing new hats (and finding the time to perform the duties that each of those hats entail) but they have to know how to do a lot more than write.
Editing, promotions, sales, in some cases even publication and getting stores to carry the book. Now, it's true that some of the methods used are not necessarily right in people's faces. A lot of authors use Twitter or Facebook to help promote their books. Most start even before their book has been published yet.
Me? I'm on Twitter and Facebook, and I gotta tell you, I don't know how they do it. Sure, I have a few friends on there, and I can talk to them alright. But starting a conversation with strangers even behind the Twitter screen?
Not something that this introvert is overly comfortable with.
Which leads me to conclude that there must a be trend. Either there are a lot of uncomfortable writers out there trying their best to promote their work even though they'd rather not have to…
Or the majority of writers today are no longer introverts and so promoting their work isn't quite the chore for them as it is for me.