Why The Indie Author Fear of Skype?

June 11, 2013
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What if we had a magic way to speak to someone who is hundreds or thousands of miles away? We do. It’s called the telephone.

Now what if we had a magic way to speak to that person, but with sound so crisp and clear it was like that person was sitting right here in the same room?

We do. It’s called Skype. So why do some indie authors fight it?
Virtually all of the indie author interviews you hear on The Bookcast are conducted via Skype. It would be just as easy to simply pick up a regular phone and call, but why? So I could get inferior audio quality, while paying for the privilege? (Did I mention Skype calls are free?)

Skype provides extraordinary audio quality, free.

What’s not to like? (Disclaimer: no disclaimer is necessary. I have absolutely zero financial interest in Skype.)

The overwhelming majority of indie authors get it, and enthusiastically embrace Skype. But I just finished trading emails with a publicist whose client did not have Skype and did not want it.

Now, considering the recent revelation that the NSA has access to Skype conversations, I suppose a principled stand of avoiding Skype could be laudable.

But in this case, it was more simply a case of neo-Luddism.

Come on, folks, get over it. As that old commercial once so eloquently put it, “Try it, you’ll like it!”

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6 Responses to Why The Indie Author Fear of Skype?

  1. June 12, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I understand that all the technology involved in indie publishing (formatting, uploading, Google analytics, oh my) can be overwhelming to authors. But Skype is relatively painless.

    Skype is especially valuable to those not living in areas of high population. Through Skype, my writers’ group in rural Illinois is able to speak with authors we might not otherwise have access to. In fact, I first learned about indie publishing last year when YA author Karly Kirkpatrick spoke via Skype to my writers’ group from her home in Chicagoland about her experience self-publishing her novels.

    • June 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Stacey, you’re right, I had completely and myopically forgotten how valuable Skype is for exactly the purpose you mention, author events. With a clean broadband connection and a big screen, it’s not that different from having the author right in your midst. Long live Skype!

  2. June 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Skype is good but Google Plus hangouts are better for indie authors. Free for multiple people plus it’s easy to screenshare other things and make the video conference a YouTube video if you want.

  3. November 26, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Love Skype! Its a great way to keep in touch with friends all over and I use it to “call” home when I’m deployed. Happy Thanksgiving from Kuwait by the way. And congratulations on 10,000 interviews. I want my tshirt that says “I was 9,752″ :)

  4. July 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I use Skype for book club meetings and it’s brilliant. I didn’t know that there was a stigma attached to it. I’ve found it amazing to Skype into women’s book clubs meetings, after they’ve read my books. It adds something extra to their book reading experience.

  5. October 22, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    This video was made This video was made and produced SO badly that it makes me want to stlgrane the producer. If you happen to be the person who made this and want to learn how to produce a video, contact me.Otherwise, I’m on a Mac and will not run parallels JUST to run Skype. With the exception of the Facebook tab, the rest of what’s stated in this video is not an improvement by function, it’s a looks improvement, which does not necessarily make the product any better.

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