Author Webinars Are Useless Clickbait

Author webinars are a great tool when one is writing a book. If I have not told you yet, I am working on a few books at the moment. Since this terrible virus has been terrorizing the planet, I have a lot of time on my hands. Well, I always have a lot of time: I work from home.

We are living in the new media age. Writing has never been easier. Now, we can choose how we publish our stuff. I guess we have Amanda Hocking to thank for that.

Let me tell you, there is nothing better than seeing your own words in print. I finished the first draft of my memoir a little over two months ago; I am revising it at the moment. Do you know how I felt when I finished it? It is the most amazing feeling. Only a fellow author will understand this.

In this digital age, we do not have to pay for expensive writing retreats. Not when there are tons of author webinars.

Improving one’s writing skills has never been easier. There are countless platforms one can use to achieve this. One authorpreneur whose advice I love is The Creative Penn. I have learned a lot by reading her blogs. That website has a lot of great information for both aspiring & established authors.

Another thing I like about her site is that she is constantly promoting author webinars & free training. Now, for me, that is amazing! I knew nothing about self-publishing, plotters vs. pantsers, you name it. All of it was relatively new to me. It can overwhelm when you do not understand where to start.

I have taken many webinars and short writing courses. They all seem so promising & full of information. But let me tell you: They are clickbait.

Before I bash these author webinars, I have to say some positive things. They are convenient, most of them are FREE and they are up-to-date.

Learn to write a bestselling novel today! A complete course about how to structure & plan your novel. You DO NOT want to miss this!

– Every Author Webinar Host EVER

I will give you three reasons I dislike these author webinars:

One, they know how to write a catchy-clickbait-title. When you sign into the webinar, they talk and talk and talk for the first thirty to forty minutes about nonsense. They tell you stuff about their debt before they became writers, how they struggled to market their book, how they made their first sale, bla-bla-yawn-yawn.

I think this is stuff they could have uploaded in a short introduction video. Why we need to listen to that during the webinar, God only knows.

Then, the last twenty minutes of the webinar, they will quickly go over the ‘bestselling novel formula.’ For example, we are all there to learn how to write a novel, right? So they will tell you something, like: “First, brainstorm ideas, then find a theme. Then go to character development, outlining, setting, POV, the hook, the inciting incident, climax, the end, and VOILA! You have yourself a book, baby!”

Okay, not exactly how I wrote it up here, but you get the gist.

Two, five minutes before it ends, they will insert a link into the chat box. With that link, you can register for the ACTUAL course at a discounted price. But guess what? Most times, that so-called discounted price still is close to one thousand American Dollars. So like I have said before, it is just fucking clickbait to promote their own products.

Third, some of them never follow through. I took a webinar by Chandler Bolt from The Self-Publishing School. He did the same things I described in points one and two. Later this year, some books of mine will be self-published on Amazon. So I scheduled an appointment with them. I filled out the form and wrote how much money I had to spend on the course. It costs a lot. Just click here to see just how much.

Again, it is fucking clickbait!

I made an appointment with them TWICE! How many times did they call me? NONE! ZILCH!

Most of them talk a good game, but they do not follow through.

If you ask me, read Joanna Penn AKA The Creative Penn her blog posts about self-publishing, novel writing resources, and much more. She really is a godsend.

Good luck, fellow authors!


Tiara Ray

I am grateful & blessed to have the life I live. (Soon to be) Traditionally published & self-published author in her mid-thirties. I unsuccessfully tried changing this picture numerous times, so I just left it. I wish you lots of love & may you get what you need. <3


    • LOL, it is a money-making-business. On one hand, I do understand this, on the other hand… I am so fed up with it. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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