I signed up for a few free webinars that I saw advertised on Facebook. My experience with those classes weren’t great.
First, it would say webinar, but it was just a video. There was a chat box that the recording encouraged us to use, but I didn’t get any feedback or responses to what I wrote there.
The entire video would be about something like why writing an e-book is effective, but not how to write it. Or why typical methods for marketing don’t work, but not what would work. For the actual methods, you have to book a phone call and then pay for further services.
I get it.
But I don’t want to pay for it.
I tried one more time. Chandler Bolt had a webinar, How to Go from Blank Page to Published Author in 90 Days.
First, I could tell pretty quickly that we were in a live webinar, because he would actively comment on what we wrote in the chat, calling us by name.
Second, he illustrated a real method by which to write your book in a weekend. I have my book in my head–it’s something I’ve been teaching for years, but I still felt like I got a lot out of his method. He started with a mind map, and converted that into sections and chapters. It’s outlining, but starting in a more organic way.
He also introduced the idea of a “launch team,” for your newly self-published book. These are sort of like beta-readers who can give your book accurate reviews right away.
Now, I’m inspired to finish Imaginary Basketball this weekend and start looking into getting my launch team! I expect my book to also be an online course, but one step at a time.
I like to make big, lofty goals. Sometimes that works for me and I achieve my dreams or close to it. But I think right now I need to stay bite-size. Here’s what I will do:
- Write something every day–blog post, fan fiction, poem, article draft, section of Imaginary Basketball
- Finish Imaginary Basketball.
As far as writing, only two goals. That’s plenty, because I am always wanting to do more than I realistically can.
Do you have any bite-sized goals right now?