What amount of money do you think writers should be willing to spend on conferences and courses to better their writing?
I must admit, this topic got me really fired up yesterday! There was a post on the Dystel and Goderich blog a few days ago in which agent extraordinaire Jim McCarthy announced that he would be participating in a webinar. He posed the question of how much writers spend on conferences and such to develop their writing.
I take absolutely no issue with his post. My beef is with the responses. A vast majority of them stated that they had spent $2,000 or more, several stating figures of $20,000-$25,000.
One or two even went on to state or imply that writers not willing to shell out cash aren't serious about their writing and won't get published! I have to pause a moment here, because that opinion still makes my blood pressure sky rocket.
My total monetary contribution to my dream has been about $20-$30 spent on some used writing books, some notebooks and pens- oh and I purchased the cheapest laptop I could buy and coughed up the money for an internet connection (long story). There are tons sources out there for free, reliable information all over the internet. I read. And I WRITE. Anyone who would imply that I'm not serious or committed obviously doesn't know me! Whats more, I KNOW that my writing is improving. Yes, it still has a long way to go, but that's just the process...for anyone.
I'm not saying that conferences and workshops and webinars aren't worth the money. I just choose not to attend. I have a family to support. We barely make ends meet. I don't HAVE the stinking money, even if I wanted to spend a butt load on classes. Breathe....
What I am saying here is this: I love writing. I work my butt off to get better every day. I have a good head on my shoulders and am willing to do the work. I think that is worth more than all the classes in the world.
You can't buy the ability to write a good novel. If you could, every dumb ass with money would be a famous novelist.
Jim's webinar is bound to be filled with awesome info. I think everyone who attends will come away with lots of increased knowledge. But I don't have $90 to spend. Plain and simple. The original post is located here. I'm interested to know what you think.