Blowin’ In The Wind

Something happened to me today that made me shiver. Every now and then I’ll get a postcard from the universe; a subtle hint of where things are going. I didn’t like this one at all.

I just got back from Florida a few days ago. I leave for a school visit in Istanbul in less than a month. That’s why I’m clearing the decks and taking care of old business that I’ve set aside for too long.

One of the things I’ve been meaning to do is update my Square account. If you don’t know about Square, you should check it out, especially if you do school and library visits and personally sell your books. Square allows you to accept credit card payments. You don’t have to sign up for a service and there’s no monthly fee. They take a percentage out of each sale. Here’s a LINK if you want to learn more about it. My good pal Dianne de las Casas turned me on to it. Dianne is an outstanding writer-storyteller and a super-marketer. Here’s a LINK to Dianne’s website. When it comes to technology and knowing how to sell yourself, she leaves me in the dust.

After you sign up, Square sends you a device that you plug into your cell phone. You enter the data on your phone, slide the credit card through the device, and technology handles the rest. The payment is automatically deposited to the bank account you specify when you sign up.

I already had a Square account on my older Android phone. When I got my iPhone, Square didn’t port over for some reason. It was simpler to create a new account than to wonder what wasn’t clicking with the old one. I started the sign-up process from the beginning. I entered “Business Account” since I keep all income and expenses relating to writing separate from my personal accounts. (You should, too!!!) Then Square asked me what kind of business I had. It gave me a menu with several choices.

Here’s where the universe came knocking on my door and the cold shiver swept in. Writing, Books, Publishing, Literature, or anything like that is not one of your options. Veterinary Services is. Running a Food Cart is. Writing or anything related to books? Nada!

So what does that tell us? We blather at kids all day about how important books and reading are. But out in the world, they aren’t even as important as a hot dog stand.

Hang your head over. Hear the wind blow.


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