Sunday, 17 February 2013

SNAIL MAIL and EMAIL

I've just been printing out some fiction to send by post - something I have not done for several years now. It did feel strange collating and stapling pages, typing a covering note, putting it in an envelope! Tomorrow I'll be taking it to the post office to get it weighed and stamped. How incredibly old-fashioned it all seems in this digital/electronic/internet age.

Yet once it was all part of my routine. I would send out proposals and partial manuscripts then, if the editors liked them I would send off the whole novel, and once commissioned I was often asked for two copies. All entailed many hours of work just printing and posting.

But this weekend I posted a couple of stories on Amazon and Smashwords and the whole procedure probably took me an hour or so at most. No ink was used, no postage spent. In fact, my expenses nowadays amount to very little compared to the old days, when I used to claim on my tax form for ink, paper, envelopes and postage.

How quickly we get used to new technology, new ways of doing things. And how soon the old ways seem archaic, laborious and clumsy!

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