I subscribe to Writer’s Digest’s newsletter. Many of you do as well, most likely, but while we both read it, this is for vastly different reasons.
Writer’s Digest is considered a good source of information for the general public. But in actual fact, if you read closely, you’ll notice that you never actually get said information. Each article or seminar or book is mostly designed to make sure you get just enough to have to buy the next one.
Now, this isn’t to say that their information is always inaccurate. It’s not. Just recently, an article went up that I thoroughly agree with and will be writing more on next week. However, this is a bit rare and far between. For the most part, Writer’s Digest is a simply money-making machine.
Hardly surprising in today’s world, but remember; they’ve been around for many years longer than the internet. All the scammy practices we hate so much and which came about from the Information Age (though I’ve recently been told it’s actually the “Networking Age”…more on that later, as well) have actually been in practice by Writer’s Digest for many a year.
They have lovely seminars priced very reasonably, but you always walk out with more questions than you came in with. If you truly know how to listen, you might walk away with more information than you came in with, but chances are, it was delivered in such a bare-bones format that you only have the basic idea, none of the nuances that you’ll need to make it in the industry.
No one who subscribes to this magazine ever has a real chance of ending that subscription…there’s always the cliffhanger to make you come back.
So why, you ask, do I get the newsletter?
Because my clients consider them a reliable source, so if I can use that to my advantage in helping a quality book get out there, more the better.
Also, it’s good for a daily laugh.