A few years ago ebooks and self-publishing scared me. I handled my confusion and fear by rejecting them all in the name of “quality” and the benefits of “traditional” publishing. I felt superior somehow; that crazy, new-fangled technology had to be fringe. By gum, it was just too kooky to really take hold.
Boy was I wrong.
And I’ve completely changed my mind. Now I want to learn how to format my own works so that I can bypass traditional publishing completely. Yep. That’s a dramatic pendulum swing. I suspect I’ll come back a bit by the time I settle down and really start publishing again.
Ah, technology. Gotta love it.
However, for those of us — of a certain age — a battle continues to wage. We’re unwilling Luddites, too intimidated by many new technologies to embrace them and too embarrassed to know where to seek help. I don’t know how many of you have seen the Saturday Night Live mock commercial about the middle-aged guy who walks into a Verizon store
. . . well, it’s painfully accurate.
I doubt I’d have a cell phone if my work didn’t pay for it. I have a Twitter account that I never use b/c I keep expecting something newer, faster, etc etc to come out any second. I’ve signed up for virtual bill paying for some of my utilities, but still end up paying almost everything by a check in the mail. I think I have a PayPal account, but am not entirely sure I do. And so it goes . . .
The worst part of all, I can’t help but feel that the entire world is leaving me behind in the virtual dust of my ignorance. I don’t want to be a stick in the mud, but I don’t have any idea how to pull myself out without stripping off all of the bark or breaking.
So I need your help.
First a couple of questions:
- What percentage of your total bill paying, marketing etc do you do online?
- What convinced you to do that much (or little)?
And now for your advice:
- Where would be a good place for me to start becoming more tech-literate?
- Which would you start with first:
- virtual bill-paying
- Can you recommend a blog or source where I can get info that doesn’t sink into jargon after the second sentence?
I may be away from the computer a lot today and tomorrow, but I’ll respond to comments by Wed afternoon at the latest.