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Technology and those who DON’T use it!

I love technology. I had always wanted to be a computer tech, however my parents thought computers were a FAD so I wasn’t allowed to take computing at school in the 1980s.  This was also prior to public internet. I loved every class and I was good.  Never mind I eventually got my way over 25 yrs later when my husband went to college.  Computer access was important.

Since that time I have developed some excellent skills and though I still have people help me out on odd occasions, I find I am now helping others and get called a tech expert – which I’m not. I just happen to know my way around various things and can teach others a few tricks I have learnt along the way.

Then you get those who aren’t interested in computers, those who can’t or won’t learn and those who would love to learn and should really take a course to get them on the right track. 

I have a client who took a computer course – WOW she is so much more confident in what she does on her computer now. It is wonderful to see her take control and understand what I am talking about, without either of us getting frustrated.  Mean while my parents still refuse to have a computer in their home, they dont’ even have cell phones.  A lot of their friends do, so they actually see more about my family than my parents do. Sadly I doubt they will change. We do manage to get them on Skype on odd occasions at my sister’s house.

My sister is one of those who keeps getting computer issues and viruses. She also asks how to do certain things and makes me want to pull my hair out at times. Thank god my brother is easier to deal with. Mind I don’t see either of them very often to talk with online.

One of the technologies I have learnt along the way is building and setting up WordPress Websites. I love it.  It is fun and I dont’ mind sharing my knowledge even though it is only basic – well to me.  Another I have learnt a little about is JAWS – Screen Reader, which is for blind and partial sighted people. I looked into the technology due to having a couple of blind clients and friends. It was an interesting learning curve to be sure.  The other type of technology I learnt was helping  a client run a bed and breakfast – I had to learn how to use the booking websites where consumers book rooms. Each and everyone is different to use, different specs, different ways to enter data and places to upload photos. It is totally amazing how complicated it can get.  Solving problems though is another area I can excel at – sometimes I have to wait for the lightbulb to click, other times it is working through several ideas until the right one turns up.

Over the last few years I’ve had several lightbulb scenarios. Daft ones having me saying DUH me and research ones which you win and grin with delight at your success.  Then comes the question. Do I share with others or hold on to my info?  Generally I share, I just can’t seem to help myself.

My next learning curve – is to work out how to use Flipboard website correctly so I can share my site with everyone.  After this I really need to concentrate on those who don’t use technology and give them a gentle push in the right direction, by which I mean a computer course to a level suitable to them. Then I may go see my parents and try to set up a tablet for them to use.  I will need lots of luck with this last idea.  I already know my dad loves Skype from my last trip to see them.

Good luck with your technology and give me a shout, you never know I might be able to help. There again I might not.

Business Reflections of 2016

Reflections of the past twelve months. What have we done. The highs and lows. The requests and even the chat.  

I have met some amazing people over the last twelve months. Many who have helped to improve my love of learning, friendship, sisterhood and much more. With business growing I find it is now time to thank everyone who had helped make this a great year. Thank you for your comments, chat, shares, reblogs and support. Without you I would not be where I am today.  A fine spot with more highs than lows. THANK YOU

Clients of 2016

We have assisted EIGHT AUTHORS with NINE books – ebook and print.  We have also assisted these authors along with another FOUR to learn the ropes of Publishing.  Some wish to do as much as they can, others like assistance each time.  Some of these authors have several more works to be published and we are looking forward to working with them again. We have also worked with twenty-five authors for our Anthology…More on that later.

Sponsorship 2016

We set up a Sponsorship earlier in 2016.  Our WINNER was J B TAYLOR  with his Sci Fi novel called DISCOVERY.   J B Taylor was Awesome to work with. We’d also like to thank Limelight Literature and Fantasia Covers for been part of this Sponsorship. 

Indie Publishing News

We opened a new avenue to MARKETING for FREE to all Indie Authors and those who supported Indie Authors in February 2016.  This newsletter grew at such an astounding rate it is now MONTHLY ONLINE MAGAZINE which goes worldwide.  US, UK, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, INDIA, EUROPE – Time to do a survey. All a person needs to do for FREE Marketing is sign up to receive the Magazine and share it out, this helps spread the word on their work as well as anyone else who participates in the group.  We now run a SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR who gets the cover page as well as around 5 – 6 pages of information about them, their books, reviews etc.

Last month we introduced the Roving Reporter idea. This is for those who write or find interesting articles they wish to bring to attention of other Indie Authors and supporters.

As from January 2017 we will have a BACK PAGE ADVERT.  For next year this will be Advertising GOINDIENOW an wonderful company who supports Indie Authors with marketing and video discussion – plus much more.

Anyone who else who wishes to support the Magazine to keep it FREE is welcome to place on-going adverts (the same one each month or bi-monthly for a small fee.  This Magazine is not out to make money! It is there to help. However at 40 plus pages it takes time, so assistance is always welcome.

Ghostly Writes Anthology

FREE Anthology for those who wish to write a short story of up to 6K for Halloween.  Once again this was well received. We had 25 Authors participate, some publishing for the first time.  The Anthology was well recieved and is still downloading well on KINDLE – The eBook is FREE)  We are looking at writing a short Ghostly Romance Anthology for Valentines…However this has an entry FEE of $10 each.  The HALLOWS EVE ANTHOLOGY WILL ALWAYS BE FREE IN EBOOK FORMAT.

Join the Group today: – Ghostly Writes Anthology Group

On going Training

As the Director of Plaisted Publishing House I have continued my Business Training with a Diploma in Small Business Enterprise – Level 5. I graduate in 2017.  I will continue to grow and learn to make my company one of the best, if not the best out there for Indie Authors. I love being a Small Press Publisher. I love to chat and see how I can help. Please dont’ hesitate to contact us.

The Lows

There have been a few lows, through seeing people in a positive light and them coming back to bite you due to living in a negative world and thinking they know what we should be doing as a company.  Even we are still learning the ins and outs, though there are many out there who know – WE KNOW OUR JOB. I’d like to thank those who have given us the love and support we have needed, mainly from friends and clients worldwide – we are proud to say we pulled through – taking the bull by the horns and growing stronger than ever before.

WATCH OUT 2017