When it comes to writing and marketing books, there is a plethora of information out there. Some of it you have to pay for, (i.e. books and webinars) while some of it is free, (blogs and advice from others writers).
I can see both sides from different angles:
When it comes to free help and advice, there are a multitude of blogs and websites out there than can offer up information on becoming a better writer, marketing your books, building a platform, and many other things. I see this as beneficial because not only is it free for us starving artists, but it also stays current as the times change. (See Kristen Lamb, paradigm shifts.) On the other hand, a lot of this information can be repetitive and interpreted differently by each individual.
When it comes to paid help and advice, you know that most of these resources are of some value if a publisher is willing to push it out there. Additionally, many of these people are experts in their field, be it marketing, social networking, writing, etc. They can offer first-hand experience of what works and what doesn’t, and have the experience to guide you through the steps needed to achieve success. If they’re professionals, why shouldn’t they earn a little money by teaching it? It make sense, right? They went through the positives and the negatives to get to where they are now. They deserve to get something for it.
Personally, I generally take whatever advice I can get, be it paid or free. Whether or not I choose to follow it is up to me of course. But, I’m willing to listen to whatever advice someone gives me. Of course, I decide where or not I think it’s worth doing or disregarding completely.
What about you? Do you think paid advice is better than free? Do you have any bad experiences with paid and/or free advice?