Since writing is not what pays my bills and keeps me fed, clothed, and housed ... I have been trying to find as many close-to-free tools to help me in my journey to self-published status as possible. I figured that I should probably share with you all when I find something that works well ... or, in this case, something that doesn't.
I signed up for a free Self-Publishing Summit, this week ... several webinars supposedly designed to help writers who are looking to self-publish polish their book and get it out there into the world. They're offering people the "opportunity" to buy unlimited access to all of these webinar videos for $100, and the headliner's site charges even more for other summits and courses.
Bottom line: As of today, I wouldn't bother.
I watched the kickoff on Sunday. The headliner, Chandler Bolt, is a college dropout, self-made entrepreneur who wrote a book and made a ridiculous amount of money from it. He admits in the kickoff that it wasn't even a well-written book. From the start, that turned me off: this seems like a lot of self-promoting, buzzword-filled ... well ... let's just call it "cow crap" and keep things PG, shall we? But I decided to reserve judgement until I heard what the rest of the "summit" had in store. Out of a large panel of speakers, only five or so were touted as being useful for fiction writers. No big deal. That's fine. I made a note of them and added them to my Google calendar, since the webinars are only available for free viewing until 72 hours after they're aired.
Yesterday morning, I sat down to watch two of the Monday webinars: both on kicking that infamous writer's doubt so that you can get out of your own way and write. I gave up on the first one ten minutes in, because it was so full of fluff and buzzwords with nothing truly useful. As for the second, all I had to do was read the preserved user chat to see that it wasn't for me. The second speaker was just as self-aggrandized and egotistical as Chandler, to the point where she came out and said she was smarter and better than the clients she helped. Needless to say, I closed that tab without even clicking play.
The only thing I had on my list from Tuesday was a session on Scrivener, which I've been wanting to try, anyway, since I saw comrades from NaNoWriMo shouting its praises. So far, this is the only thing that's been remotely useful. I'll check in again next week once I've seen the rest of the seminars I marked to review.
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