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Friday, January 13, 2023

Self-Published Authors Must Be Tech-Savvy

    I remember when I started writing my first book, What Happened to Little League Baseball in the Inner City? back in 2006, I’d just turned forty years old and didn’t even have a computer at the time. I used an archaic typewriter that had correction tape for each time I made a typo, and I must’ve rewritten my book at least a dozen times because it didn’t flow the way that I wanted. My initial goal was to complete my book and deliver it the traditional way―which was to mail it to a publisher that was accepting manuscripts from prospective new authors. Once I realized that nobody was accepting manuscripts by snail mail, I decided to invest in a personal computer.

Tech-Savvy Woman

    I literally had no clue how to use a computer because I was a novice in every sense of the word. I didn’t know what virus protection was or what a Windows update was for that matter, but I had an unrelenting desire to learn the functionality of a computer. Once I was up to speed in terms of navigating my PC, I decided to self-publish and use a vanity publisher. However, that was a huge mistake―but that’s another article for another day. The best thing to come out of my first self-publishing experience was that I became self-sufficient and tech-savvy enough to strike out on my own and publish my books directly on Amazon and other online retail outlets.

    This is just a quick PSA mainly geared toward new authors who are of the Gen X age range or older and may be less tech-savvy than the vast majority of people under the age of forty. If you plan on self-publishing your first book, it’s an absolute necessity to learn the fundamentals of a computer and navigation of the Internet so that the entire process runs as seamless as possible.

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