July Online Workshop Schedule

July Online Workshops Start In A Week!

Yes, July is coming up that quickly.

July workshops are now open to take sign-ups, and you can find information about the August, September, and October workshops on the page as well.

Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com.

Each regular workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time. All workshops are limited to just five writers.

Questions, feel free to write me.

All workshops have openings.

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

New Smith’s Monthly Issues

New Smith’s Monthly Issues

Turned in Issues #31 and #32 and will turn in Issue #33, the June issue of Smith’s Monthly, when Kris finishes reading the novel I just wrote.

So almost caught up to the dates on the magazine.

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The Day

Roamed out to our original store, now called the south store and helped out there for a time with a rush of customers. Kind of fun.

Then headed to WMG offices to work on workshop stuff for a time. Then home to take a short nap and cook dinner.

Then, after a little e-mail, I sat and read for a while. (Some of you wondered if I read, of course I do. I’ll mention it when it takes up more than a few hours, all right? (grin) Otherwise, just assume I read regularly all sorts of stuff.)

Then I got in here and started working on putting the issues of Smith’s Monthly together. Got both of them sent off to WMG by 3 a.m. Then went and read some more before coming back in here to do this.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max. And they all start up a week from Tuesday and Wednesday. Just over a week away.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Nifty New Bundle (Just leaving this here one more day)

My Seeders Universe novel, Morning Song is in a new science fiction adventure bundle. Morning Song is about a massive ghost space ship inward bound to cause destruction in a galaxy. Massive science fiction adventure on a very large scale. If you haven’t read any of my Seeders Universe novels, this would be a good one to start with.

Adventure SF ad 2016

You can get the bundle at www.storybundle.com/scifi

And oh, yeah, you also get science fiction novels in this bundle by Kevin J. Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Alan Dean Foster, Brian Herbert, Todd McCaffrey, Jean Rabe and Gene DeWeese and others.  Plus two major sf anthologies and also Tales of Dune edited by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert.

14 books total plus a sneak peak of a new Dune book and a new major bestselling book by Kevin.

So buy it for my book and when you get a chance, read all the rest of them as well. (grin)

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Topic of the Night: I Have Raised Expectations

I found it kind of funny that I am so expected to write things quickly that writing a 40,000 word novel in ten days didn’t even get a mention by anyone. And I honestly wasn’t expecting it.

Of course, it took me three months this winter to write one as well. No one said I was doing it right then either. (grin)

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 25

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,011

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 66,600 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,400 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 389 e-mails. Approx. 25,500 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Novel Finished

Novel Finished

Yup, finished the second novel of the month. Of course, the last one I started last month, but got this one done in ten days.

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The Day

I paid no attention to the day today, honestly. Got home from being out doing errands around 5:30 p.m. and I worked, off and on, until 4:30 a.m. on finishing the novel. Mostly on.

I wrote about 7,100 total words and cut out about fifteen hundred total, which isn’t bad for me. Book came in just under 40,000 words.

The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel will be in Smith’s Monthly #33. I will be turning in the issue to WMG, along with the two issues before it on Monday or so. Patreon and subscription folks will get the volumes in a month or so.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Nifty New Bundle 

My Seeders Universe novel, Morning Song is in a new science fiction adventure bundle. Morning Song is about a massive ghost space ship inward bound to cause destruction in a galaxy. Massive science fiction adventure on a very large scale. If you haven’t read any of my Seeders Universe novels, this would be a good one to start with.

Adventure SF ad 2016

You can get the bundle at www.storybundle.com/scifi

And oh, yeah, you also get science fiction novels in this bundle by Kevin J. Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Alan Dean Foster, Brian Herbert, Todd McCaffrey, Jean Rabe and Gene DeWeese and others.  Plus two major sf anthologies and also Tales of Dune edited by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert.

14 books total plus a sneak peak of a new Dune book and a new major bestselling book by Kevin.

So buy it for my book and when you get a chance, read all the rest of them as well. (grin)

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Topic of the Night: Novel in Ten Writing Days

Yeah, didn’t set out to do it, but finished this book in ten writing days. I think it took me about 14 days to actually do it since I took a few off along the way, but ten writing days.

Felt like a very comfortable pace, actually.

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 4… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.
Day 5… 4,350 words.   Total words so far… 19,300 words.
Day 6… 4,250 words.   Total words so far… 23,550 words.
Day 7… 4,800 words.   Total words so far… 28,350 words.
Day 8… 2,450 words.   Total words so far… 30,800 words.
Day 9… 3,450 words.   Total words so far… 34,250 words.
Last Day…7,100 words.   Total words written… 41,350 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 24

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,010

— Daily Fiction: 7,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 66,600 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,100 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 375 e-mails. Approx. 25,100 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Fun Workshop Poll Results

Fun Workshop Poll Results

Thank you, everyone, for chiming in on what might interest you on the three workshops Kris and I were talking about.

Very clear that the Expectations (writing on the rails) workshop and the Mystery workshop were the two big winners.

More on that below..

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The Day

Got out of bed late and missed one meeting and from that point on the afternoon seemed to be behind. So I did some work in our new bookstore and then headed home to take a nap.

Kris cooked dinner, I did dishes and did e-mail and then went to reading a book I’ve been looking forward to reading.

So didn’t get to the writing until around 11 p.m.

I did 1,050 words before heading to watch television.

Spent too long watching television and didn’t get back to the writing until around 2:30 a.m.

Wrote 1,100 words before 3:30 a.m.

Took a short break, then wrote 1,300 words before 4:20 a.m. when I stopped to come over here and write this.

So 3,450 words.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Nifty New Bundle 

My Seeders Universe novel, Morning Song is in a new science fiction adventure bundle. Morning Song is about a massive ghost space ship inward bound to cause destruction in a galaxy. Massive science fiction adventure on a very large scale. If you haven’t read any of my Seeders Universe novels, this would be a good one to start with.

Adventure SF ad 2016

You can get the bundle at www.storybundle.com/scifi

And oh, yeah, you also get science fiction novels in this bundle by Kevin J. Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Alan Dean Foster, Brian Herbert, Todd McCaffrey, Jean Rabe and Gene DeWeese and others.  Plus two major sf anthologies and also Tales of Dune edited by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert.

14 books total plus a sneak peak of a new Dune book and a new major bestselling book by Kevin.

So buy it for my book and when you get a chance, read all the rest of them as well. (grin)

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Topic of the Night: The Workshop Poll 

Again, thank you everyone who either wrote in the comments or directly by letter what workshops you liked better and had more possible interest in. Kris and I both thank you.

It’s clear that the Expectations (writing on the rails) workshop had the most interest, followed closely by Writing Mystery. And a number of people asked for more business focused workshops, which we will do later this fall or winter.

One writer asked if what I mean by writing on the rails was similar to making sure you fulfill promises to the readers that you have given them.

That’s exactly it. That’s why the workshop is going to be called Expectations. Meaning reader expectations, but it could be called Fulfilling Promises just as easily.

What do I mean by “Fulfilling promises to your readers?” This takes all sorts of forms, and why learning about this is going to take a six week workshop.

The most basic forms of this: If you put a spaceship on the cover of your book, you better give your readers science fiction. Very simple, huh?

But yet, so difficult. All of us have read books, or attempted to read books that we put down and said, “That wasn’t what I expected.”

Somewhere along the way, the author promised you, the reader, a certain type of book and then didn’t deliver on that promise. And more often than not, the promise is subtle, from how a book opens to a form of blurb.

And 100% of the time, the author didn’t know the promise they were making or even how to fulfill the promise. (A reason why the Sales Copy workshop is so critical to so many.)

And from there expectations of readers gets really complex,

Let’s say you are writing a mystery. Fine. But you don’t understand what readers expect in a mystery. And when they expect it and what to do with that expectation.

Chances are when you miss, you are forcing your story down a road because of some outline or something instead of letting your creative voice play. The creative voice, when given the awareness, knows the rails, knows the structures.

Again, that is why this is a six week workshop to even get the awareness going in many of the genres on this issue so your creative voice can then run with it and make your readers happy.

This workshop will also be about how to balance paying attention to the readers too much and allowing them into your writing process (thus critical voice in) vs writing with only creative voice and staying on the rails of a book enough to make it satisfying and not dull and predictable at the same time.

So again, thanks everyone. Kris and I will announce the new workshops at some point here. Both expectations and mystery workshops. They should both be fun.

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 4… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.
Day 5… 4,350 words.   Total words so far… 19,300 words.
Day 6… 4,250 words.   Total words so far… 23,550 words.
Day 7… 4,800 words.   Total words so far… 28,350 words.
Day 8… 2,450 words.   Total words so far… 30,800 words.
Day 9… 3,450 words.   Total words so far… 34,250 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 23

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,009

— Daily Fiction: 3,450 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 59,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,700 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 364 e-mails. Approx. 24,700 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Some New Workshop Ideas

New Workshop Ideas

After meetings this afternoon, Kris and I headed over to the valley to do some shopping, have dinner and see a movie. On the way back we got talking about ideas for new workshops. See topic of the night below on a few of them.

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The Day

WMG Publishing meeting at 2 p.m. and then around 4 p.m. Kris and I headed for the valley. We live on the Oregon Coast, so at times we go into the Wallamette Valley to just get away.

So we did some shopping, had diner and saw a movie.

Got home around 12 p.m. and I did a little e-mail, watched some news, had a snack, and got to my writing computer around 1:30 a.m.

I did 1,250 words by 2:30 a.m., took a break.

Did another 1,200 words by 3:30 a.m. when I decided I was too tired to keep going.

So 2,450 words today and a fun afternoon and evening in the valley.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: Some New Workshop Ideas 

We saw a movie tonight called Money Monster. Now it was a damn fine movie, and we both liked it. On the hour-long drive home, Kris asked me what I thought of the movie and I said “It was right on the rails, just perfect.”

She agreed. Great characters and a plot on the rails makes for a very, very satisfying movie.

And then Kris said, “That would make a good workshop. Teach people how to write on the rails and make the story work.”

So that was workshop idea one. Let me explain.

Every genre has reader or viewer expectations. If you, the writer, understand those expectations, you can really, really please your readers or viewers by telling an original story yet keeping it inside of viewer expectation. That’s what Kris and I call “On the rails.”

On the rails means reader expectations are met. And in every genre there are a bunch of reader expectations that if you follow, you sell more copies and get readers telling others about your book. Doesn’t mean the book isn’t original, not at all. It means that in your original story you gave readers what they wanted.

Reader expectations for me are so ingrained now, I don’t even much think about them and never as I write.

With Money Monster, that movie delivered exactly what I wanted when I went to see it. Great characters, a light message, a plot that wasn’t deep but still kept you on the edge of your seat at times because you cared about the characters.

The second workshop idea came when Kris and I were discussing that I sometimes can’t get off the Analog couch. The Analog couch term came about in one workshop when all the scientists who wrote science fiction in the workshop sat on the same couch every day and wouldn’t let a science detail go by without question.

With time travel, I am firmly on the Analog couch. I love time travel, have written so many forms of time travel, it scares me. And even though time travel is not yet science, I try to keep the ramifications of traveling in time in place in my stories.

You know the loop in Groundhog’s Day Movie? Well, I am serializing my first novel that came out a decade before that movie and that novel has a time loop in it like that. I have yet to find a place in science fiction where a time loop was used as a prison before I wrote that book in 1987, but I am sure it was done somewhere. So since my first novel, I’ve been writing time travel and studying it.

And yet, I know there is a place in stories for someone to go up and touch a stone and some magic takes the person back into time. Or have a character duck into that special closet as Stephen King did with a recent book to get the character back in time.

Kris is going to teach a coast workshop this fall (which is full) on Alternate Worlds, Time Travel, and Historical Fiction. So we thought it would be fun if I did a workshop on how to write time travel stories and novels, from ducking through a closet to multiple timeline problems of physics. A time travel workshop I teach will be nothing at all like what Kris is going to teach. Nothing.

There are a lot of tricks and ways to look at time travel that will keep your readers happy as you build great characters in the process.

The third workshop we talked about me teaching is mystery. We have a classic SF workshop and a thriller workshop. So we both thought it might be time to help some people understand how mystery can be part of any kind of novel, from young adult to science fiction or in one of the many sub genres of the mystery genre.

I have written a lot of mystery stories and novels over the years and I would have a blast teaching a mystery workshop.

And me having fine is honestly the reason I am mentioning these possible new workshops. I’ve been keeping myself focused and interested in workshops by starting new workshops this year. And retiring or putting into classic structure some of the older ones.

I want to keep learning. I learn when I teach and create these workshops. They cause Kris and I to have wonderful discussions about craft and business when we put them together.

So I need some feedback. I do not have any of these on a schedule, so no worry about signing up for any of them. In fact, some or all of them might not happen. Just let me know if any of them interest you.

#1… Workshop 1… Reader Expectations (Writing on the Rails)

#2… Workshop 2… Time Travel workshop. (How to write it.)

#3… Workshop 3… Mystery. (How to write it and use it in all genres.)

#4… All of the above interests me.

#5… None of the above interests me.

Or if you have another idea for a workshop that interests you, write me.

Feel free to leave your comments in the comments section, or write me privately. Both ways are fine.

Thanks for the help and remember, just because you say you are interested does not commit you to taking the workshop. This is just an interest poll. Some or all of these workshops might never happen.

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 4… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.
Day 5… 4,350 words.   Total words so far… 19,300 words.
Day 6… 4,250 words.   Total words so far… 23,550 words.
Day 7… 4,800 words.   Total words so far… 28,350 words.
Day 8… 2,450 words.   Total words so far… 30,800 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 22

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,008

— Daily Fiction: 2,450 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 56,050 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 1,100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,9800 words

— E-mail: 7 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 352 e-mails. Approx. 23,900 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Wrote Too Much

Wrote Too Much

Lost track of time while working on the novel and didn’t leave myself time to do a topic of the night. Ahh, well… maybe tomorrow.

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The Day

Tuesday, some errands, almost finished the template on my short story collections.

Store at 6:30 and home by 7 to take a nap, then cook dinner.

Then I worked until 11 p.m. doing online workshop assignments.

Then I moved over to the writing compute and managed 1,300 words before heading to watch television around 12:30 a.m. I had a break in the middle of that somewhere to play with a cat.

Then after watching too much television, I made it back to my writing computer around 2 a.m. I did 1,100 words by 3 a.m.

Took a short break, did 1,300 words again by 4 a.m. As I said this novel is just humming along. And I still have no idea how it will end or where it is even going.

Short break, did 1,100 words by 4:45 a.m. when I realized what time it was and that I need to get up for meetings tomorrow.

So 4,800 words on a night I did workshop assignments. That I will take.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: Another Night, alas…. 

Got lost in the novel writing.

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 4… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.
Day 5… 4,350 words.   Total words so far… 19,300 words.
Day 6… 4,250 words.   Total words so far… 23,550 words.
Day 7… 4,800 words.   Total words so far… 28,350 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 21

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,007

— Daily Fiction: 4,800 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 53,600 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,800 words

— E-mail: 29 e-mails. Approx. 2,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 345 e-mails. Approx. 23,600 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Cost and Benefit of a Cash Stream

Cost and Benefit of a Cash Stream

Around here and with other writers and at WMG Publishing, decisions are constantly being made about the costs and the benefits of chasing a new cash stream. Thought I would just do a bit on the basics and then maybe come back some night with a full topic. So see below.

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The Day

Standard Monday with errands to do, then got to WMG office and worked on a cover for a collection I am going to be doing. Actually lots of collections, but worked on the cover template. Almost done.

Then home to take a nap and cook dinner. Then in here to do the workshop assignments.

All done around 11 p.m. and managed to get in 900 words of writing before heading to watch some television.

Back in here around 1:30 a.m. I got 1,050 words done before 2:15.

Then a short break and 1,200 words by 3:15.

Another short break, then 1,100 words by 4 a.m.

Still humming along on the book, no idea where it’s going, but after tonight it is 4,250 words closer.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max. But at the moment there are very few in any of the workshops. No surprise in this time of great forgetting. This way every year.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: Some Basics on Cost and Benefits

of Getting New Cash Streams 

This post is about the decision to try to add in a new cash stream. And this post is only basics, nothing more. I hope to do a much longer post in the near future on this.

Anyway, a cash stream in publishing is exactly what it sounds in the name. It is something that flows money to you regularly.

Amazon US is a cash stream. Or if you wanted to break it down even more, every title you have licensed for readers through Amazon US is a cash stream.

Every title through Kobo, Amazon international stores, B&N, iBooks, Smashwords, D2D, Overdrive, and so on and so on.

WMG Publishing has over 650 titles now. Each is a cash stream in all the places we have them licensed for sale. See why WMG can afford nine employees?

Each license of copyright generates a stream of income, you hope. And those streams are put together and sent to you monthly (for the most part) from each store.

Paper books are cash streams for each of your titles, especially since paper books are not finite anymore with print runs, but are like electronic books, licensed one-at-a-time for production.

At WMG Publishing some of our products also have subscriptions, which is a cash stream. And we sell to brick and motor stores and sell WMG books through our own store as well. All cash streams.

Our stores are cash streams. Our three ebay shops are cash streams. And on and on and on. You get the idea.

More cash streams flowing, the bigger the river of money.

But it seems that every day almost, there is something new to try to decide about. Some possible new cash stream. And that’s where the cost/benefit analysis comes in.

Let me give an example:

A month or so back I put up on YouTube an entire online workshop that had been retired for a year or more. I had no information about how it would do and I put it up basically to gather more information.

The information I got was this: In the two plus months it has been out there available, a number of people have watched it all the way through, all six weeks. That worked out to be about $28 through AdSense for the ads. (A lot more than I expected, actually.)

It took me about six hours of my time, one hour per week of videos, to get them to YouTube.

Now, if that was where it all ended, I can tell you this, six hours of my time is worth a ton more than $28.00. (grin)

But those videos, it turned out, brought some people into the online workshops. Now I have cut the online workshops back to only five per workshop maximum and they were still not filling by a long ways. In many workshops these days I give private lessons to people.

I don’t mind, but honestly at some point we will get back to my time and income analysis there. At some point. So the YouTube videos introduced a few more people to the online workshops. So the value of my six hours turned out to be worth it.

So the basics of looking at any cash stream are these:

  1. Look to see where the work might bring in cash. Realistic.
  2. Count the amount of time it will take and value that time.
  3. Count the actual money it will take to start the stream.
  4. Compare your costs to the possible income and make the decision from the numbers only.

I did an experiment with that old workshop on YouTube. If I had to spend the weeks of time to record a brand new workshop for YouTube, I would never do it. No return on the time and money spent.

But using an already recorded retired workshop cut my time down to about six hours and thus, with the new people finding the workshops from the YouTube videos, it made it worth the time.

I might even put up another of the retired workshops later this summer or this fall. It might be worth doing after the time of great forgetting.

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 4… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.
Day 5… 4,350 words.   Total words so far… 19,300 words.
Day 6… 4,250 words.   Total words so far… 23,550 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 20

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,006

— Daily Fiction: 4,250 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 48,800 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,500 words

— E-mail: 26 e-mails. Approx. 1,800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 316 e-mails. Approx. 21,500 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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Goodbye Miss Thang

Miss Thang

The very sick elderly cat we have been trying to get back to health for the last two months didn’t make it. More on all that below.

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The Day

Started the day off with a visit to the vet.

Then back to WMG store for the writer’s meeting and lunch in the back area.

It feels sort of strange, actually, to have a writer’s meeting in a store I own. In my first bookstore, both the science fiction club and the writer’s workshop met in my store every week. One on Tuesday, one on Thursday.

That was in 1982-1984. Things go around and come around again in 2016.

Then I went home early to take a long nap.

Kris cooked and I did dishes, then worked on workshop assignments.

Then another nap, then I finally got to the writing around 11 p.m.

I managed 1,200 words, powering along before midnight.

Took a break to read a blog from Kris, then went downstairs to watch some television.

Back in here around 1:30 a.m. and got another 1,050 words done by 2:15 a.m.

Short break, another 1,000 words even by 3 a.m.

Short break, another 1,100 words by 4 a.m.

So 4,350 words.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max. But at the moment there are very few in any of the workshops. No surprise in this time of great forgetting. This way every year.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: Sending Miss Thang Onward

Two months ago Kris shouted to me to come help her with a cat that had appeared on our doorstep. Actually, we had both seen the cat a few times the previous few days, but now it decided it didn’t care about our powerful outdoor tomcat by the name of Toughie. The little cat needed food.

Turns out she really, really needed food. She was on the verge of dying from hunger. She wouldn’t have made it through the night.

(Picture is me holding her right after her last bath.)

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We took her to the vet who told us the cat was old and likely wouldn’t make it, but we should try getting it back fed and hydrated and see what happened. She weighed four pounds and was mostly all bones.

One of the writers at the romance workshop that was going on thought about taking her home, but then, luckily, couldn’t. (The little cat would not have survived the drive.) At first we had put the cat up at WMG and the wonderful writer gave the cat a bath. The cat smelled so bad and was so dirty, it was scary.

Kris and I took the cat home a few days later, putting her in two rooms we could close off from the other cats. And we fed her constantly, all kinds of food and treats, four times a day. Kris went above and beyond the call of duty making sure Miss Thang had food.

A week later we took her back to the vet, who said she was doing better, was now hydrated, and they did tests to make sure things like kidneys were working. Again we all agreed that this little girl was very old. And she needed her teeth fixed to be really comfortable eating and have a chance at longer term survival.

As time went by, it was turning out she was a love. She purred all the time and loved to be held. And she had a voice on her that made her sound like she had smoked far too many cigarettes in her day.

Every night when I watched television, she would sit beside me in my chair and purr.

She clearly had been someone’s cat and we figure, more than likely, her person died and some jerk relative tossed her outside where she starved. Happens more than I want to think about around here.

So we bathed her again because she still smelled awful. Then we kept feeding her and two weeks later we took her back to get her teeth fixed. The doctors gave her a 50% chance of making it through the surgery. We all figured it was her best shot at a few more years of life, so we gave permission for the surgery and she made it through it with flying colors.

She was one tough little cat.

And she rallied after that, eating more and looking better and smelling better after yet another bath. (She complained about baths, but clearly loved them when done.)

But after three weeks, just after we stopped the antibiotics, she started a quick decline.

And she started smelling really bad again.

We gave her another bath and it didn’t help. Something was really going wrong with her. And she wasn’t eating much suddenly, even though she seemed to want to.

So last night she fell asleep in my arms and later, when trying to walk, she just fell over.

It was finally her time.

So this morning, after a great two-month fight, she moved on.

She was a real personality. A real love. We only had her for two months, but we will remember her always.

And I hope that the person who tossed her out or dumped her after she lost her person ends up dying of hunger and some horrid disease.

And if any of you reading this think cats should be treated that way, please go away. You aren’t worth my time.

You aren’t worth anyone’s time, actually.

Goodbye Miss Thang. It was a pleasure to get to know you for a few months.

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 4… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.
Day 5… 4,350 words.   Total words so far… 19,300 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 19

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,005

— Daily Fiction: 4,350 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 44,550 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,600 words

— E-mail: 21 e-mails. Approx. 1,400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 291 e-mails. Approx. 19,700 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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Bookstore and Writing


Bookstore and Writing

Worked in the afternoon in our new bookstore and wrote a bunch as well.

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The Day

Saturday so no real errands. Ended up in the new store working in the bookstore part of the new store for a few hours. Fantastic fun. Yeah, I know, paper books don’t sell anymore, but you need to tell that to all the people in the store today. (grin)

Then I worked on workshop stuff, including the new Teams workshop. I’m having a blast doing that workshop and actually putting some things together myself. We have three people signed up for the teams workshop in July. Not even full at five yet.

Guess everyone knows all about writing teams in fiction. (grin) Or maybe it’s July.

Then home to take a nap and cook dinner, then into this office to do e-mail. Stunningly I was to the novel by 10:15 p.m.

I wrote 1,100 words at flash speed by 11 p.m.

Took a short break, wrote another 1,050 words by just before midnight when Kris came to get me to give the little old cat a bath.

Then watched a little television with the cat sleeping in a towel on my lap, then back to the writing computer at around 2 a.m.

Managed 1,100 words before I took a break a little before 3 a.m.

Did 1,200 words before 4 a.m.

Got a spoonful of peanut butter and some Chai tea and came back and finished with 900 more words before 5 a.m.

So let me see if I can get this math right tonight.

5,350 words. Just a hundred more than I did last night.

As I said last night, the novel is flying along, but no idea where it is flying to.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max. But at the moment there are very few in any of the workshops. No surprise in this time of great forgetting. This way every year.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: Feeling Like Ground Effect

Starting to feel like I am almost in ground effect with the writing. I did a few blogs about this a while back. It’s a feeling you get when the writing is moving along around pulp speed (3,000 words per night plus) and the writing seems easy and almost impossible not to do.

Ground effect in the real world is when a plane gets near the ground, the air between the ground and the plane seems to hold it up.

I wanted to be in ground effect with the writing before I got to July. So far, good start.

Part of ground effect is getting the world around me settled down enough so that I can actually be at my computer writing at a certain time or before every night. Giving the writing time every day is a monster help.

And like everyone with a regular job, finding that time can sometimes be a challenge.

For the short stories in July, I’ll detail out how many hours I worked at my job and how many hours I wrote every day. As with last year, it should be interesting.

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 3… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 18

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,004

— Daily Fiction: 5,350 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 40,200 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,700 words

— E-mail: 6 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 270 e-mails. Approx. 18,300 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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Typical Friday


Typical Friday

I did errands. Seems Friday is errands. Typical.

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The Day

Errands, more errands, and then add in more errands. Just like yesterday.

Finally got back to WMG and working on workshop stuff around 5 p.m.

Home around 6:30 to take a nap and then cook dinner, wonderful prime rib French Dip sandwiches. One of the delis here in town has prime rib on Friday. Oh, my, it’s good.

Then did my e-mail and took another nap.

Finally got in here and writing around 11 p.m.

I did about 1,100 words by midnight, went and watched some television, got back in here around 1:15 a.m.

I did another 1,000 words by 2:15 a.m.

Short break, another 1,100 words by 3:15 a.m.

Short break, 1,050 words by 4 a.m.

Short break, 1,000 words by 4:40 a.m.

A total of 5,250 words.

Novel just humming along, no clue where, but humming.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max. But at the moment there are very few in any of the workshops. No surprise in this time of great forgetting. This way every year.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: Nothing tonight

Other than thanks for the comments on last night’s blog. Someone with a lot of research skills and a love of writer’s lives needs to put together a really good list of how many books a writer wrote over a lifetime.

Of course, a lot of them won’t know, or didn’t know, just as right now I don’t know for certain on my own count. Been meaning to actually count all of them… (grin)

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 17

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,003

— Daily Fiction: 5,250 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 34,850 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,300 words

— E-mail: 10 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 264 e-mails. Approx. 18,100 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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