I wish that some of my favourite authors would either have websites or even a blog. I think in this internet age these things are very valuable to an author. Its a good idea for several reasons: marketing - help advertise a new publication or book signing, networking with other writers, forming a closer relationship with the reader, practising writing styles. Also blogs are good from keeping up the writing habit. Reading author blogs have got me reading books that I would have previously not noticed.
I have become quite OCD about checking my emails over the past month. I'm still waiting from replies for my submissions. There are four currently outstanding and I could with knowing as I have stumbled across some new publications that I want to try. I have been checking my mail at work, at home and currently on my phone during the evenings as the Virgin-Media guy has come yet to do his wires trick. And thanks to a shooting pain whilst holding a mug full of hot water, my phone is being naughty after its little soak. I'm not being impatient. I am actually being good because I have sent the same stories to several magazines. I promise not to cry if its a rejection. I'm a big girl now.
And another thing, today I had to deal with a publisher who doesn't have email, doesn't have internet, doesn't have a computer. How can publishers survive with out email. Sometimes waiting for a query to arrive via snail mail can be too long!