I contacted one of my favorite authors today. She will be the keynote speaker at an event our local library is having next weekend and my local RWA chapter will host a special event the night before. I emailed the author and heard from her within an hour.
Isn't that incredible?
Yesterday, I sent an email to a man who won a book award. Little did I know he lived in Spain and through the magic of email, I received a response within an hour. Again.
I am continually amazed at how wonderful the Internet is. It has its drawbacks, of course, but so does everything. What I truly love is the ability to communicate with people from all over the world.
I think it's been a wonderful thing for those of us who write better than we speak. I'm pretty much terrified to get on the phone and call a complete stranger (which is why I have the perfect job - copywriting!). But sending an email out to complete strangers is not a big deal at all.
Writers and authors have utilized the power of the Internet for all sorts of things. Critique groups, online chats, message boards, websites, newsletters - it's fantastic. I truly feel blessed to be able to stay in touch with people in such a way. I have developed great friendships with people I otherwise never would have met.
Of course, there's always those pesky junk emails we get - but hey, it's the same as the junk mail you get in your snail mailbox at home. But junk emails are environmentally friendly - push the delete button and you're good! No pesky envelopes or flyers to throw away. ;-)
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