Nancy Gideon is such a great writer and I wrangled her over to our blog today. Her new book is as yummy as the guy on her cover. Say hello to Nancy!
Things were simple in the ‘80s. It was a time of excess in publishing: a host of houses (Harlequin and Silhouette were competitors!), hundreds of wholesalers and distributors instead of a handful, several bookstores in every mall. Newcomers got a 150,000 print run. Romance was in its heyday. But man, oh man did we have to work for it.
Writing was laborious and time consuming business. Research was done at the area library (I had more library cards than credit cards!) and notes were taken by hand. Rough drafts were done on notebook paper and kept in a binder before being typed (complete with correction tape or White Out) on my trusty Smith Corolla electric. Promotion consisted of Xeroxed newsletters with cut and paste clip art to those who mailed you letters at your PO Box with an SASE. State of the art was bookmarks! The only contact you had with readers was through those scribbled letters and face-to-faces at book signings. The only contact you had with other authors was your local writers group or conferences. It was a very isolated existence.
Then came the’90s and the first bloom of technology. Word processors that would display three to five lines of text and store up to 15 pages (but not permanently). The World Wide Web was born with communities such as Prodigy and Genie giving writers a chance to communicate…slooooooowly on cumbersome bulletin boards where your dialup connection always seemed to go down in the middle of an important conversation. Out of it arose the wonder of instant communication: e-mail and writers groups like Painted Rock. The world was a-changing. And wasn’t sure change was good.
I’ve never been the first one on any bandwagon. I’m a watcher. A waiter. Ever cautious. What’s with this Social Media thing? Where many say much about little. I had to be pushed into the mainstream. I resisted a computer for years (what was I thinking!), fought putting up a website, couldn’t understand why I would ever need to blog. I’ve come a long way, baby.
Welcome to the Tech Revolution!
All aboard the bandwagon. Website, blog, Goodreads, FaceBook, Twitter, Pocket After Dark, guest blogging, chats, contests, video interview, widgets, whatsits, giveaways. I had to draw a line somewhere…and chose texting. I do not text. Yet. I have to have some time to write!
To prove that this older wiser dog can learn new tricks, come visit me at my blog (http://nancygideon.blogspot.com) to sign up for my Kindle giveaway contest in celebration of the release of BOUND BY MOONLIGHT, the fourth book in my dark paranormal series for Pocket, check out my bling widgets, my book trailers, my Goodreaders bookshelf, my scrolling book list and Romance Trading Cards. Quite a step up from sit, stay and roll over.