180-Second Bitch: Chasing Grieving Writers by Trying to Sell Them Worthless “Medium Mentorships”

Wrong guy, wrong week.

Joel Eisenberg


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On January 24, I received the following X (formerly Twitter) DM:

Hey Joel,

I recently read your article about grieving and wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading it. I’m also really sorry to hear about the loss of your wife.

Your passion for Medium shines through in your writing, and it’s clear that you have a natural talent. But, if I had to guess, you probably want more people to read your writing so you can get paid what you deserve.

As someone who’s been on Medium for a while and has gained over 45,000 followers and millions of views, I understand the struggles of getting your articles noticed and making money from writing. So, I wanted to reach out to discuss my affordable Medium mentorship program to help you achieve similar levels of success.

The program is tailored to help ambitious writers (like you) earn more money, build a larger following, and master the Medium algorithm. I’ll also leave detailed private notes on your drafts, help you generate ideas for new articles, and much more.

Would you be interested in learning more about my Medium mentorship program?

If so, I’d love to schedule a call with you to discuss it in more detail. Alternatively, I can send you the details via email.

Keep up the amazing work, Joel, and I look forward to reading more of your articles soon.

I’m leaving out the sender’s name for now. If I receive another such pandering DM, I will reveal it.

Needless to say, the writer of this DM had followed me that same day here on Medium, and clapped for an article about my deceased wife. The writer then followed me on X.

My response was (overly) kind, but also honest and pointed. Under the surface I was seething:

Hi (name here), no thanks. I’ve been a self-employed full-time writer for 22 years. I’m a novelist and WGA member screenwriter. In general, what I do in content



Joel Eisenberg

Joel Eisenberg is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer. The Oscar in the profile pic isn’t his but he’s scheming. WGA and Pen America member.