Navigating the murky waters of indie publishing can do the most patient person’s mind in. If, like me, you subscribe to other author’s newsletters in hopes of useful information you’ll see now that everyone (and their dogs..) seems to be offering courses that will make YOU the next number one bestseller. They all have their own theories and they ALL offer you the chance to access this lucrative information, at the right price – naturally. The funny thing I keep noticing though, is that NONE of these big talkers are in the top 100. I will confess, I have signed up to one of these courses and now have the distinct pleasure of watching $59 USD a month vanish from my bank account. I wish I could say I see the promised results.
What I am belatedly realising is
- The person making the six/seven figure income is making a significant portion of that by selling courses to gullible indie authors like myself
- The information is already readily available on the internet for FREE – they just package it pretty and add attractive headlines such as ‘Top Secret Methods – Top Dollar Results!’ *not an actual headline – not pointing fingers
- One author’s success method is another author’s failure method – we all need to establish our own paths
- The most helpful advice I have ever received has been free – because in the long run it’s the writing that will succeed, not the marketing (if you write shitty there’s no amount of marketing that will save you, you might have a flash-in-the-pan moment, but it won’t last)
I’m not saying ALL courses are scams. I know darn well many are of absolute value, but I do recommend doing some decent research first. If I could repeat my purchase over, I’d make sure to get through all the info in the “free trial” period so when I reached the end and found that I thought it severely overpriced, I would have requested a refund.
Don’t feel pressured into a purchase just because you listened to their free podcast and they now incessantly email you with offers of the course. It’s your money! And if you’re like me, every dollar counts when it comes to what you can, and can’t spend on your indie work.
I’ve decided I’ll start posting a piece of advice I’ve learned along the way, for free, no strings attached, each week. If you’re a fellow indie who’d like to have a guest post then get in touch – you can advertise your book/s after your piece of advice *grin*