Since I decided to work toward publication, I have spent approximately two hundred dollars on educational hard-copy books about writing, becoming represented and published.
I have joined numerous writer's websites. Some are free, of course, but if you want to take full advantage of the services offered, you can choose options with a price tag attached.
On FanStory, a website where you can publish your work and have others read and review it, I have spent approximately a hundred dollars promoting my work. The more you pay, the better exposure you get.
I have paid for a VIP membership at Writer's Digest, which allows me access to all of the agents at Writer's Market, and discounts on their products and online workshops. That has put me back approximately one hundred fifty dollars in the last year and a half.
I've become a member of our local Writer's Group here in Red Deer, and I pay dues each week, which go toward a yearly anthology of some of our work.
I haven't purchased editing and critiquing services as of yet, because I believe I am quite good at self-editing, and I'm still in the denial stage of thinking that my work is quite good and that I don't want it to be critiqued. I know...I can hear your gasps.
I truly want to invest into writer's conferences, which can run in the hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on where they are held.
And heaven forbid, if I resort to self-publishing, I may as well take out a second mortgage.
What have you spent, or are willing to spend in the future to see your dreams come true?