STRUGGLING TO GET IT PUBLISHED: AGE AND TECHNOLOGY

April 13, 2015 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

I’m going to, here and now, establish a new term: The Crossover Generation of Writers. You are the very first to witness the birth of a movement, for however brief, will soon be dead along with this blogger. But not too soon.

What am I talking about, you may ask? I’m familiar with that response when I try to explain something.

It is this.

When I attended college as a biochemistry major, all science and engineering majors carried slide rules, the current device for calculations. I still have my bamboo-beauty still nestled in a drawer. Later after I graduated, around 1970, I knew someone who purchased one of the first calculators for around $100. The device could add, subtract, multiply and divide. That was it, with no memory. Today credit-sized calculators, which can do far more, and solar powered are given away. I got one years ago. Do you

What the theme of this piece is the progression from preparing a piece to be published on a typewriter, using correction tape to now submitting manuscripts on the internet. Unless you have experienced that transition, you cannot fully appreciate the impact technology has had on the writer that has lived through that transition. When unable to hire those familiar with the latest technology of publishing and marketing, those of a certain age (I) are lost.

I belong to a host of online organizations providing opportunities to publish and sell your work. All, I feel, are legitimate. Personally, I’m not immersed in the current technology and methods of publishing, distributing and selling my work. My focus is in writing, yet I realize the need for modern technology to be successful, to embrace both writing and the rapidly evolving technology of publishing and marketing of your work.

At times, I find the options beyond my comprehension and ability. Therefore, The Crossover Generation of Writers is born today. I am the first, but not only member.

Writers of advanced wisdom and experience, what do you think about this? Do you agree and identify?

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