General Musings

Publishing in the Dark Ages.

So it has been brought to my attention that I need to learn to blog. (This is my first ever blog by the way) And use social media. Apparently, these days blogging and social media are a big deal. Or so my daughter keeps telling me.

When I published my first book almost twenty years ago blogging wasn’t all that popular and the height of social media was MySpace. The internet was still a baby back then, and internet promotion was almost unheard of unless it was a mailing list.

Back then, you couldn’t just type up your manuscript and send it via email. It was a process of printing up the pages and physically mailing them out to publishers. It cost a fortune in postage and computer paper and you were lucky to even receive a rejection letter. Most of the time you were just left hanging.

And finding publishers? I used to buy books and writing magazines, just searching for someone to submit my book to. It was a lot different back then I can tell you.

The biggest help in the road to publishing was getting involved with writing organisations. The Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) was a huge help back in the early days for networking among authors and publishers.

And promotion, as I mentioned earlier. Online promotion especially wasn’t so huge. Yahoo Groups were very popular, along with MySpace. Nowadays there are so many different avenues to pursue. Twitter was a sound a bird made and Pinterest sounded like a sewing term. Then there is Facebook and Instagram and all the rest.

So many to keep up with for someone like me. I’m a little behind on the times, but I’ve twisted my daughters arm and she has agreed to try and teach me.

Hopefully this will be the beginning of many tweets… ah, I mean blogs.

 

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