How To Level Up Your Writing Game

In Which: I spam you, but it’s okay, because I’m telling you that I’m doing it

hopewriters logo: I’m an affiliate, so they gave it to me

My mom gets all the creds for teaching me to see straight through ANY sales pitch, in the history of sales, ever.

I know how to read fine print, I know how to calculate exactly what I’m being ask to pay per month, and 9 times out of 10, I know it’s not worth it.

I always know when people are trying to sell me something, without telling me they’re trying to sell me something.

And, I hate it.

So, let’s be clear up front: the purpose of this article is to try to sell you something.

I am an affiliate for what I’m trying to sell you on, and therefore if you pay money to them, they will pay me.

To make matters worse, I’m trying to sell you a membership.

(Ugh, memberships…I know, right?)

I’m trying to convince you to pay money to be part of an online writing community called Hope*Writers.

You know how they make you wait till the very. end. of. the. webinar to tell you how much their “life-changing” course costs?

I’m not going to do that.

Here it is: membership in Hope*Writers costs $47 a month, or $479 a year (basically $40 a month).

Seriously, I don’t want you to tell me about how good what I’m getting is, until you first tell me how much you want me to pay for it, amirite?

Now, here’s my story.

Once-upon-two-years ago, I decided that I wanted to blog.

Once-upon-a-year ago, I actually started focusing on it with intention.

I read books, I downloaded pdf cheat sheets, I joined mailing lists, and I listened to podcasts.

Through their podcast (and I’m not lying when I say it’s in my top 3 favorite podcasts of all time), I learned that “Hope*Writers” had created an “online membership community.”

And I got to try it out for a week for $1. (You can’t do that anymore.)

I ended up joining — and it was great. The community was welcoming, supportive, and enthusiastic.

But then, I started to get antsy. There were so. many. writers in the group. I felt like I was lost in the crowd, and what’s worse, although nobody compared their work to mine, I compared mine to theirs.

It seemed like literally every day, someone would post a question about their book proposal, or write a celebratory message about landing a contract, or their fantastic conversation with their agent that morning.

I was just trying to figure out how to post once a week.

These were book-writing-people, and I felt like a 16-minute miler practicing next to ultrarunners.

So, I quit.

Yep, you read right. I cancelled my membership and pulled out of the group, and haven’t been back since.

(And do not ask me why I can still be an affiliate, but they are letting me be one, and I do not know how that works, but here we are.)

So…why am I selling you this?

Because they have changed.

And I am pretty upset that I’m not part of the group anymore.

Several months ago, Hope*Writers reformatted their content and structure to:

a) help writers identify which of 6 stage of writing they’re in [free quiz here]

b) point writers in the direction of the articles and videos that best served them at their current stage [instead of making you do all the work of weeding through piles of online content that may or may not help you]

c) encourage the creation of small groups specific to the different writing stages [these are smaller groups within the larger Facebook group, where you can ask questions, receive feedback, and interact with others who are actually where you’re at]

That last one would have been totally worth staying in the group, for me. But, I left too soon, lost my grandfather-price, and now sort of stand here, hands in my pockets, looking at the big shiny logo, and silently vowing to myself, “Someday…I’ll be back.”

[2021 update — I ended up rejoining at the beginning of 2019, and haven’t looked back.]

One thing the Hope*Writers podcast taught me was this: “Know your season.”

Everyone has the same amount of time every day. Everyone struggles with coughing up money to invest in their work. And sometimes, it is just not time.

That was me, and, thankfully, I figured that out.

From my perspective, Hope*Writers is most worth the cost if you are actively seeking to write and market a book. They help writers at every stage, but again, “most worth the cost” is the key phrase.

I was/am not on the book writing path, yet.

But if you are on that path, this group may be worth your while to check out.

So, if you’re at all interested, here’s what you need to know.

Membership opens up on May 20th. Bookmark this page and come back then, if you like. I’ll have a direct link for joining.

And, below are some links that give you more information/resources, for free, if you don’t consider your email address a commodity. [Hopefully, you already know that it is.]

10 Questions to Ask if You Want to Write a Book

30-second quiz: discover where you are on the writing path

Here is a list of what you get for your membership fee (this is for the monthly payments — the annual membership has a few additional perks):

  • an archive of articles and video trainings from professionals across the publishing/writing spectrum
  • live Tuesday teaching sessions with authors/publishers/agents
  • an exclusive Facebook group of enthusiastic and like-minded {read: don’t sell your soul, just your book} writers
  • opportunity to join or create a small group to get support, make progress, and brainstorm

So since I’m going all CTA and salesy, and definitely not getting curated for this one, y’all tell me: how did reading this make you feel? Did you like it better than a typical sales pitch? Do you hate it? Do you feel that this sort of copy is in the future? Or will marketing always be the way it is and has been before? You have thoughts. Share ‘em.

Inviting pew-weary Jesus people to embrace + experience their truest identity as beloved through subversive spiritual disciplines. Hope*Writer. Creative mentor.