When I first started freelance writing, way back in the "dark ages", I remember sending off articles and manuscripts BY MAIL to editors and publishers. I had TYPED them on a TYPEWRITER incidentally. Then came the wait. Would the mailman bring me a letter with a rejection or an acceptance?
Eventually the age of the computer dawned and the wonderful invention of email whereby writers could send their work as attachments. Much faster. Of course all of this meant that writers had to learn so much more than merely how to string sentences and paragraphs together in a pleasing way.
Now that we are 17 years into the 21st century, writing has become a whole new learning curve for many of us - especially us old dinosaurs. Getting a book published is no easy feat. An author has to know so much more. If you write non-fiction, there are things like images to understand and provide -Jpegs, TIFFS, RAW - I could go on and on. But I digress . . . .
I always think about this evolution that has happened to writing when people say to me: "When I retire I'm going to write a book." My favourite reply is: "Oh yes, and when I retire I'm going to become a brain surgeon."
Believe me, writing a book is easy. Getting it published to today's standards is the hard part!
Writing, however, is not a profession I chose. Rather, it chose me . . . . and although I complain sometimes, I wouldn't have it any other way. It is still my bliss. I consider myself so lucky to have had so many books published with still more to come.