I'm going to my FIRST EVER book launch today. YAY! Carrie Ryan is a member of our SCBWI Carolina's and I'm very excited to go. She sent an email in to our list the other day reminding everyone about the launch and apologizing for the self promotion. You should have seen the mail she received telling her NOT to be sorry for advertising her book. And I agree! These days the author has to do a lot of the promotion and 'advertising' or it might not get done. Never apologize for success. Think about how hard it was for you to get to where you are and celebrate yourself and your book. Hard work and fortitude are to be respected in any business, especially publishing. The criticism that writers take on a daily basis shows just how much we are willing to go through to get to that reward...becoming published.
When that day comes for me, you better believe that I'm going to "shout it from the rooftops" and I've learned that I don't have to apologize! :)