Tried & True and Technological Changes

DH and I started playing co-ed volleyball the first year we got married.  At the time, I bought a brand-new pair of snow-white knee pads.  In a few months, DH and I will celebrate nineteen years of wedded bliss.  Guess who still owns the same pair of knee pads?

Yep, me.  They are holey and coming apart at the seams.  In addition, the elastic is stretched out and they slip around when I dive for a ball, offering less protection than those spankin’ new pads from almost two decades ago.

I have two choices.  Quit volleyball or buy new pads.

I’ve tried the second and just can’t find any I like.  They’re not my tried and true ones.  They haven’t saved me from bruises.  They are not my friends and I’m just not sure I want to waste my time breaking them in.

New technology is like that for writers.  We get in our comfort zones and often resist changes.  It took me forever to switch from notebook to netbook for rough drafts.  In fact, I still print out a copy for my first edit.  Old dogs and all…

But technology can be our friend.  If we are savvy and willing, we can manage our own marketing with relative ease.  It will still take work and time and effort, but socializing in this day and age is easier with Twitter and blogging than it was twenty years ago.  Virtual critique groups and emails have made connecting with others in the biz tons easier.

Yet it can also be scary.  The e-book business has the writing world in a near-state of panic.  Our beloved knee pads are worn out, and for the life of us, we just can’t bear the thought of replacing them. 

Will this mindset be our undoing?  If we fail to move on the e-trend, will we be left holding yesterday’s worthless treasures?

How active must we be, as aspiring writers, to succeed in this new climate?  Which methods and practices will become extinct?  Is there room for a good balance, and if so, what is that?

It’s time for a good hard look at our journeys and goals.  With technological advances occurring everyday, the options are nearly limitless and require much more from writers than simply penning a manuscript.

Best luck as you navigate the new trends.

6 responses to “Tried & True and Technological Changes

  1. I used to think I would turn down an e-book only contract. But now I know just how many people have e-readers and how many use them almost exclusively. (I have avid reader friends who haven’t been to the bookstore in a year or more.) I wouldn’t turn down that contract now.

    • Funny how quickly our perceptions change. I thought I would hate my Kindle, but it turns out I love it. Mostly for the ease since I live so stinking far from a bookstore.

      Just thinking of the freedom this gives people is electrifying. Yeah, I’d definitely not dismiss an e-deal out of hand.

      Thanks for weiging in.

  2. It is an exciting and terrifying time for the whole publishing industry. I like change in most things – even when the change seems scary at first. I think it will all work out eventually, but it always takes time to get to that point.

    • Ah, yes. DH just got a fortune cookie about that last night. We do so fear change even as we desire the growth that is sure to follow.

      We are silly humans, after all.

  3. Like Dean Wesley smith and Joe Konrath both say: a writer’s worst enemy is… other writers, all stuck to trad publishing and unaware of changes! The two aforementioned pros can help aspiring writers to be the next Amanda Hocking – and if you’ve never heard that name, you better wake up! 😉
    Personally, I’ve started Indie Publishing Week where I hope to share my attempts in that department – I mean I WILL share them, I hope in a way that is useful and helpful to others! 🙂
    Happy writing!

    • I’ve been keeping up on your posts. It’s such a hot topic and such unchartered territory that getting perspectives from every front is so helpful.

      Your posts will be appreciated by most. Except the most miserly curmudgeons, of course.


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