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“Writing Success” ad nauseam

“Writing Success” Ad Nauseam


~Cookiecat at Computer~
~Sage~ / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

I’ve had it. Done. Enough. I’m deleting all the emails I subscribe to regarding how to be a successful writer and marketer. Every day I get a dozen emails soliciting me to read, buy a download, sign up for a teleseminar, podcast, and newsletter all promoting “great solutions.” I’m told that I can write successful blogs and get new subscribers. But I have to know the key words that clients need. I need to learn the psychology of marketing. I need to give away something to every subscriber. Should I guest blog? Attend every meeting related to my genre? Should I teach grammar, teach plot planning to generate clients and readers?

Every email has a “deal” or a “special.” If I spend “just $49” on the 12 hour special, I can save money and be a successful marketer. Or if I spend $99 today, I can get my book finished in 21 days or 30 days or 90 days if I follow the “Proven Plan” that successful authors use. Buy just one more thing and you will have a best-seller!

The emails pour in about teaching the reader something in 80% of the content and sell your stuff in 20% of your blog or ad. I’ve filled a notebook with suggestions on how to write a first sentence that captures the reader, how to weave your experiences into your plot, how to eliminate all adverbs. How to analyze Google Analytics. Blah, Blah, Blah, ad nauseam.

Do you know how much time it takes me to skim or read all the daily emails? About an hour. A few I have wanted to save so I move those to a writing folder, others I immediately delete. Some I read and then delete. I’ve spent an hour or more a day going through all the helpful hints related to writing and marketing. Once in a while I download something free and then find that I hardly ever refer to it. The downloads sit on my computer for months. Occasionally I add a comment or pose a question to the various groups I belong to.

And you know what? After two years of reading all this stuff, the results do not justify the hour a day I spend doing this. I feel like I’ve lost valuable time as well as my self-confidence as a writer and marketer. The message I keep getting is that I should be doing more, more, and more. If I need to learn a specific skill, I can Google it. Why get all these opinions and “secrets” when they are in-apropos?

So, here is my plan starting today: I will unsubscribe to all the websites, groups and blogs that are not pertinent to what I am working on at this time.

What will I do with an extra hour each day? WRITE.



  1. I am with you. I started watching a few, subscribing to a few and then was inundated with things. The few I watched, while they looked very professional – great web sites, good presentations, etc – appeared to me to be people who knew about the same amount I did. I couldn’t help but feel that they hadn’t made any money publishing a book, so now they were on to the new market – all those struggling writers will to spend time and a dime on the magic Dr. John’s snake oil that would cure all. Better use of time is writing and revising. And much more enjoyable.

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