Can't blame them for that, really, they want to sell books. Writers on the other hand just want to be left alone, emphasis on 'alone', to write their books.
So, the idea of going out, doing radio interviews, appearing on television and book signings doesn't cut it with most writers who are, at heart, introverts.
Yep, today, folks aren't reading print so much as they're online. There's a whole lot of reading going on, but it isn't the printed page. These days the writer can stay at home, write and promote.
Just think about it. Amazon offers the opportunity for reviews by readers. Book bloggers review as well, and the right blogger can be mighty influential.
Today, writers can send out review copies in Ebook format or in hard copy. They can draft news releases, create their own blogs, mention their books in their Email signatures, Tweet, put up a Facebook page and much more. Social media is the way to go, the way to say hi to your readers, get your face out there, and never leave home.
Ah, the new age for the new writer. Social media is where the readers, the buyers are and the introvert writers likes to spend time online, meet their readers and make new friends.
Now tell me who's valuable?
**note to my readers - this blog is posted a bit early as my office is about to be torn up for some construction...I think/hope I'll be able to post as usual next week though I may miss a Writers Wednesday Post this week.