My Sony Vaio was the worst computer I ever owned. Repetition strain injury keyboard that fell apart with use. Not a novelist's computer, in my opinion.
Do I love Mac?
I write my novels and research on a 27" iMac Retina, using the screen to hold two open programs side-by-side. I use the inbuilt Mac dictation and far prefer it to Dragon software. I did invest in a fantastic microphone for when I dictate from the treadmill.
The 21" iMac is set up for dictation and Video display at my treadmill.
11" Mac Book is my short trip computer. For longer trips I pack the 21"
Add to those a large and a mini iPad and the iPhone and you can see that I'm an obsessed Apple products lover. I've just been window shopping the Apple sport's watch.
I've had no problems with any Mac I've owned running anything designed for Mac, certainly not a problem loading into Createspace. The 21" Mac has been roughly bounced around outback roads in a trailer for six years, and still works perfectly.
Bob Dylan's lyrics saved everyone here. His songs "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin,'" became anthems of the American civil rights and anti-war movements and saved the world from a nuclear WW3 which would most certainly have started in the 60s, if left to the politicians.
Dylan's lyrics started a groundswell of public opinion worldwide as people took to the streets and occupied public buildings to stop wars and force governments to send humanitarian aid, rather than bombs and troops to other countries. That resulted in the peaceful years that most of you grew up in.
We could sure use a ground swell of people singing his songs today, and maybe that is the point of this award.
The moment I heard that they might stop teaching cursive writing is schools, I stopped using it. I've not used cursive writing in years. I'd rather teach children positive mental attitude, or how to avoid internet scams, and not to believe anything in print or told the you on the news without checking the source.
I'd teach how to gain promotion on your merits, and not by attempts to slander your opponent.
Authors of clean and cozy, Fiction and Non-Fiction books are invited to join ethical authors in (non-spammy) cross-promoting of your Work.
There are heaps of more useful skills that are needed today than cursive. How often are most of us going to get to use cursive in a year? It sits there, redundant, along with algebra and French lessons (for an Australian) in my life. I'd put cursive writing into the optional arts.
Runs fast and ducks for cover...
Six years ago I began writing my first full length novel.
To day I published my sixth full length novel. There have been many non fiction books and short stories published in the interim. I seem to have found my pace, one quality book per year and several shorts. I wrote several of these novels as a series of connected short works, and then I combined them as a longer novel.
What have I learned in these six years?
Well, firstly, those first three years were wasted/spent putting my novels through critiques with other authors. There are better ways to learn craft than in a hobby class. Then there was extensive editing to be done. The skills were polished and following three years as I was learning to publish, better than last year I placed most of my focus on learning how to market, not only my own books, but the work of other authors too.
I learn from those who have gone before me. I absorbed indie author podcast tutorials. I've studied for experienced authors, and I read multi-genre books.
1. I use social media.
I’m big oner of blogs, Twitter and Facebook, and a limited user of forums. I follow other authors. I hide or eve block those whe use the medium to spam market books. Mix your social media content to make it an enjoyable experience for people to follow you.
I use MeetEdgar to schedule my content in advance. But, use it to turn readers into friends. Show readers who you are. share your positive attitude and humour.
2. You need to be seen to be professional.
I use original art to make my covers stand out. Readers do judge a book by its cover.
3. I always write what I love. Write what you love.
Well, that's what has made my book business (for it is a business) tick for the past six years.
Have you been seeking work and not finding anything to suit you?
Do you have initiative?
Look around you for an opening, a service need that already exists and one with just a little more self-training you could provide.
Do your market research and costings and set up your business.
Do you have talent that won't be utilised behind a checkout counter?
Do you have excellent communications skills?
What services are undersupplied in your area that you have an interest in?
Often our partners in life don't encourage us to take risks.
I understand that caution. You could insure the hesitant partner knock them off and write the great, 'Who Dun It' with the twist-confession ending. Joking of course. Dreamers do choose parteners with their feet on the ground to keep us from drifting off track too far. smile emoticon They have a use. They make us fund our own dreams. That is a great test to see if we are committed the hard work and stresses involved it starting up a new business.
60% of small businesses fail in the first two years. The main reason being under-capitalising.
If you still want that steady job, I can assist you to polish your resume. Do what you do best and let the other do the rest.
I can write a winning resume that will assist you to get a job you are suited to, or a business contract that you are qualified for.
Time for lunch. Home made Baked Beans
Did you hear the one about the author who ran into the ferociously burning building to grab his laptop with two unbacked up novels on it?
I think that all authors heard that news this week, and have seen the video footage, and are talking about it. We are all shaking our heads about it.
A novel, or a music script, is so easy to back up in multiple places.
I could imagine risking one's life, and the life of the emergency service officers, you may endanger, to save a living creature, or maybe risk your life, but never another's to save a rare and irreplaceable fine musical instrument or original work of art.
But, to take such a risk for something that could have been emailed to yourself or backed up into a cloud service, or two, isn't worth worth it. Possessions can be replaced. Musical instruments can be reordered during guitar center westheimer hours. But, computerised information is just so easily backed up.
I'm backing most of my photo images up by publishing them across a variety of blogs.
That's fun too. Readers love seeing art and travel photos.
Never trust valuable files to only one back up source, it is best to have a few such sources,
I do need to organise some more sophisticated saving of my computer contents and clean out some heavy files from my computer storage. That might be next week's job.
Where do you save your computer files?
I use iCloud, email, blogs, Dropbox, disk drives and spare computers for back-up storage.
My mother once applied for a job that advertised poor pay, cranky boss, dismal working conditions. She did it because she did not like the supposed good jobs on offer and the advertisement intrigued her. It became a decades-long working relationship where she had the opportunity to excel as an independent, working in collaboration with, but not for the business that used such ads to attract workers, when regular advertisements were not bringing him the qualified staff he needed. This was in the early 1960s and a time of high employment.
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