Has the age of digital books and queries changed who writes?

Writing has changed a lot in the past several years. Most agencies have "gone green" and hi-tech with their submission process.  This has brought down costs for submitting manuscripts and for querying widely. 


Which means we have all gone a little more green at home too.
The point of this email is not the "go green" aspect (thought conservation is never a bad thing), but rather the fact that all of these developments have led to, what I consider to be, an even bigger shift in writing.  Which is that the proverbial, reclusive, pipe-smoking, writer in the cabin in the woods...
...is actually much more likely to be the spit-up-cleaning, diaper-changing, dish-washing, mom in the kitchen.  Granted, this has opened doors for many others, career men and women, working parents, teenagers and countless others.  The prevalence  of the stay-at-home mom demographic has just struck me recently (perhaps because I am one), and I have a feeling this demographic has grown astonishingly in the last five years.  I don't have any data to back it up, but it sure seems like that is the case. 
How have the changes in technology and the publishing world affected your career choice to become a writer?


  1. Honestly, I've always had stories in my head, but after I read Twilight, and found out that Stephenie Meyer was indeed a stay-at-home-mom, I realized I could write a book as well. And I did. I never really thought it could be a career for me, but the more I write, the more I'm thinking it really could happen. Maybe. Someday.
    I don't think I ever could have written a book by hand, so having a computer and trusty laptop is such a blessing! And pretty handy as well. Not to mention all my friends live in them...

    Love the drawings by the way! :)

  2. I think they've affected the number of people trying to get published. It used to be that you had to send everything by mail with SASE, which is a much bigger pain than just pressing send.

    And like Chantele, I don't think I could have written anything by hand. I change my mind too much.

  3. I used to write poems and short stories on a typewriter. I also started novels, but never finished one. I don't think I could have by typewriter and I know I couldn't have by hand. So, yes, technology enabled me to write.

    And sending out queries, partials, and fulls by snail mail is not only time consuming, it's expensive! Imagine doing all that just to have it sit in a slushpile for months, years, forever.

  4. Great observation. The techno changes have actually made my desire to be a freelancer move much more to the forefront. Because now there is so much access to writing markets. And I'm doing it! It really is happening, at age 56!

  5. As a S.A.H.M. I have to say that being home is what has driven me to focus on my writing, but the technology part often gets in the way of my creative process. Maybe this is because I'm still working on my MS and writing on the computer presents many distractions. I've gone to drafting paragraphs and pages on paper and typing them at the end of the day.

  6. Oh, how I love your drawing posts! You are so fun. I think you are right that simply hitting send changes who is willing to make the attempts. :-0

  7. LOL I love the bird's eye view of the lady on her computer. She looks like she's eating her keyboard. Mmm, yummy. :) Yes, I agree with your post. The ease of new technology, definitely fuels my writing.

  8. I thought it was more of a banging her head on her keyboard picture. I didn't start writing until I began staying at home, although I wanted to long before that. And since when I REALLY started writing, I did it on the computer, I have a hard time doing it any other way. My brain just doesn't do paper.

  9. hahaha, I'm with Jessie. I thought she was so frustrated that she was bashing her head against the keys.

    I've been there. . .

  10. I love the fact that most all of the literary agents want you to query them by email. I don't want to waste my time or money printing out pages and using the expensive stamps to get turned down with a form letter.

    I first started writing when my sons were in high school. At that point they didn't need me for anything other than making sure there was enough food in the house.

    After I finished my first draft of my first manuscript, I found out my father wrote a short story when he was in high school, and it was published in their literary magazine. I was amazed. I never knew this about him. And he had to use an manual typewriter where correcting errors meant using an abrasive eraser where you had a good chance of tearing a hole in the paper with every swipe.

    Advances in technology have made things much easier for us, all the way around.

  11. As I make my list of agents I'll someday query, I list only those who accept email queries. Of course, I may change that if and when the convenient ones have all rejected me.