I sat through a webinar last night. I’ve been getting e-mails from Jeff Goins since 2013. It’s not hard to join his Tribe Writers e-mail list. I’m actually enrolled on several lists and web sites – Writing.com, NaNoWriMo, Grammarbook, Writer’s Life, just to name a few. They are all packed full of useful information and motivation. But Goins’ just seemed a little bit different to me. More interested in the success of hopeful writers.
Over the years I, along with hundreds of other people, have gotten several invitations to attend Jeff’s Tribe Writing webinar, 3 Most Profitable Ways to Make a Living Writing Today, but I never took him up on the offer. I figured it was just another hook to talk me into subscribing to something I probably can’t afford anyway. Last night I had a bit of free time, so I figured, what the hell. It’s free. I’ve got nothing to lose.
I was wrong.
Just to be clear, he was advertising his Tribe Writer program, and he made several invitations to join during this limited time of enrollment. There were plenty of incentives and extras available only until the end of the webinar. The opportunity to sign up comes around only every 6 months, and there were no guarantees that the price wouldn’t go up, that the program wouldn’t change, or that it would even be around. I went back today to see if he was on the up-and-up. To see if I really could enroll after the webinar. No joy. Enrollment is closed for the next six months. He said it was so that he and his staff could devote the time and resources to a reasonable number of people. I was impressed with his sincerity, his huge following, and his money-back guarantee. Use it, and if it doesn’t work, he’ll refund your money.
But that’s not all there was to it.
The webinar was supposed to last about 90 minutes, but he went well over two hours answering questions posed by the 170-something people in attendance. Jeff was very detailed about the steps he recommends for going from Zero to Hero. He explained them at length and answered a lot of questions about it. There were plenty of things to download, lots of handy web sites, and there were testimonials. While I’m sure joining his Tribe Writers would be most helpful, providing a lot of classes, resources, tutoring, and a sense of community and support, he’s given enough information to at least get started and have a reasonable shot at success. I do wish that I had the disposable income to participate, but such is life.
I think that the biggest thing that I took away from Jeff is commitment. It takes time. There are no shortcuts. What I lacked wasn’t necessarily the will and dedication to go from merely writing to being a published author, but I had no real idea of how to actually go about doing it.
Writing a book and throwing it up on Amazon to be downloaded was most likely not the way to do it. That’s a sure-fire way to get lost in the smoke. Sending queries to agents and publishing houses is even more iffy. You occasionally hear about an author who really hits the big time like that, but they are few and far between. Self-publishing can be very expensive, and without a method of distribution, very challenging. But there are ways to go about doing it that are infinitely more cost-effective and have a much better chance of success.
Now that I have a plan of action, I’m going to do my very best to take it step-by-step, one at a time, in the order presented, and see where it takes me. I’m not going to outline those steps here, but if you’re paying attention, you just might notice some of the transitions. Others won’t be so obvious.
To that end, I am going to commit to writing a minimum of one post a week. You guys can help. If it’s getting towards the deadline and you don’t see anything from me, let me know. Tell me to get off my ass and get to work. I’m only on Step 4 and it’s a long way to Step 12.
If you have been looking for a path to get to your dream of going from being a writer to succeeding as an author, I strongly recommend that you try Tribe Writers. Just getting on their e-mail list will net you a great deal of helpful information.