Just joined up and reading your introductions - I get it. I have been a member of other groups online where, no matter what, someone says, "Yeah, that's just like my character in my latest novel..."
It's a tough racket being an independent author so, yeah self-promotion is kinda like breathing. There are so many new authors out there you want to break through. I have learn that there's no 'secret'. I don't know how many people insist that starting a blog is the only way to generate sales. I not so sure. I'm not waiting for the silver bullet, but hopefully hanging around (viturally) some other authors, something might rub off.
So, what say you?