My response: "Do you know how much rejection is involved in each success?" But maybe I have a problem with self-promotion.
Self-promotion is a sticky subject. I want people to read my work (and like it of course...the two go hand in hand), but if I ever, for one fraction of a nano-second, come across as a cocky ass, you have my permission to lay the biggest case of 'net smackdown the world has ever seen. Promise me you will. No one wants to be that guy. I don't, at least.
This isn't about me. It's about the stories. It's about the readers. I'd quit if it were about me. Seriously.
I live in a constant cycle of "I'm not good enough yet..." That's okay. That's a healthy attitude. Perfectly healthy. Hell, in his introduction to Alone with the Horrors, Ramsey Campbell writes that what keeps him going is the belief that his best story has yet to be written. Now, if there is a list of horror writers who can rest on their laurels, Mr. Campbell would land in the top ten.
So when I received an email from Bards and Sages letting me know "Fresh Produce" was voted as the best of their April issue, I was thrilled. But I know where to tip my metaphoric hat. Readers make that brand of magic happen; thanks for voting.
Now, feel free to kick me in the @$$ and tell me to get writing.