The author's surest path to reader satisfaction is deliberately picking an approach and then flagging it early on so readers know what to expect.
As with writer's block, what's getting in the way of self-promotion is not practical but psychological.
In first-person POV, it's challenging to convey who's speaking without a clunky or clichéd paragraph of self-description.
It is so important to be able to play with one's creative work. And the more your livelihood or identity depends on creative production, the harder that gets.
I love the idea of a beta reader dating service! And in fact such things exist.