Today’s Writing Tip


Other than a chosen few authors, the people making the most money are those that provide promotion services and author classes. I would bet dollars to donuts that most authors put out more money than they take in, no matter how diligently they work at their craft. Some of these are well-worth it, others, not so much.

Thus, it’s essential to choose them wisely to make sure you get your money’s worth. Here are a few ways to help you decide.

  1. Does the service have a favorable reputation,  i.e. good reviews or recommendation from a fellow author?
  2. How many books will you have to sell as a result to cover the service’s cost?
  3. If it’s a class, would it be less expensive to hire someone to do that for you versus learning to do it yourself? (One way to counter this expense is to perform that service yourself once you’ve mastered it, such as making promotional videos.)
  4. If it’s a skill, could you teach yourself via online blogs or other information available for free?
  5. Is the service or class relevant to your particular genre? Will it help you reach your target audience?

Those selling these services tend to be masters of promotion themselves. They will make you believe that writing a best seller is within reach if you take their class or employ their services. Hope springs eternal, but don’t be a fool.

4 thoughts on “Today’s Writing Tip

  1. Marcha, I was watching an interview with Luca Zingaretti who plays Detective Montalbano on Italian tv. He said one of the reasons people are drawn to Montalbano is that he knows what he wants and is not distracted by something others hold up as something to want. Luca went on to say you need to know what makes you happy and whether the distraction will waste your time — your life. I am paraphrasing this poorly, but I remind myself of the interview when I am being seduced by the emails that promise me best seller status if I only do this one class, etc. The one thing I do recommend though is having work edited. Even there, one must make investigate the quality of editing versus the cost. A helpful post, March. Thanks!

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    • There is nothing simple about being an Indie author. If we could market our books like the instructors and other author services people market their wares, we’d be in good shape! And you’re so right about editing. Finding one that is worth the money, however, is another story.


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