June Online Workshops

JUNE ONLINE WORKSHOPS

All of the June Online Workshops marked below have openings. 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 except Teams in Fiction are limited to just five writers. Teams in Fiction is a brand new craft workshop.

All workshops have openings.

Class #51… June 6th … The Business of Writing
Class #52… June 6th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #53… June 6th … Author Voice
Class #54… June 6th … Ideas into Stories
Class #55… June 7th … Teams in Fiction
Class #56… June 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… June 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #58… June 8th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #59… June 8th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #60… June 8th … Advanced Depth

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

The Voice

The Voice

If you did not watch the finals on The Voice tonight, you missed not only some amazing, stunning music, but some good writing moments. And I’m not talking about the original songs they wrote. More below in the topic of the night.

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The Day

Lots and lots of running around, took the stray cat to the vet, left her for surgery tomorrow. She might not make it through, but it’s the best choice we and two vets think she has in making it. I’ll let you know.

Spent a lot of time today fighting glass shelves over three windows into place in the new store. Also a ton of work on workshop stuff. A fun day except for the vet stuff.

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Online Workshops

June online workshops all have openings, even the new Teams in Fiction workshop.

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Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

You all should have gotten issue #30 of Smith’s Monthly today. If not, let me know.

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Topic of the Night: The Voice

Tonight one of the best music programs on television happened. The four finalists on The Voice are all top talents. Any of them would have won any other season. Just stunning. All full professionals.

And watching them all sing with their coaches was something special as well.

But two things happened that just had me laughing because I have said the same things so many times here. So many, many, many times.

First off, one of the contestants sang a song about taking control. It was an original that she and her coach did and it was because all the way through the season she and her coach had been working on her taking control of her own music, her own career, everything.

That sound familiar here? I am constantly pushing writers to take control, not give away control because of fear.

But the best moment for writers was when Adam told how his contestant is flat enjoying doing what he is doing. And that’ clear listening and watching the contestant play and sing. He’s having fun. And Adam was having fun watching him and everyone was having fun as well.

But the very last pitch Adam gave was how it was so refreshing to have a musician just having a blast on the show, enjoying every moment of it. The contestant is in his 40s and has been playing gigs over 200 times a year for twenty plus years.

And now, after all that time, he finds himself singing and playing for millions and millions. Any wonder he’s having fun? He knows where he has been and now where he is going, even if he doesn’t win.

But the key is the fun. You will understand completely what I have been saying over and over if you watch the finals of The Voice. Lots of great writing learning comes from that show, but tonight was even more.

Take control and have fun. It really is the key to so many things in this art of writing and the business of publishing.

Watch the finals of The Voice and you’ll understand even more what I mean.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 23

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 978

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 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: 29 e-mails. Approx. 1,800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 476 e-mails. Approx. 30,600 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.
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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.)

Three New Smith’s Monthly Titles

Three New Smith’s Monthly Titles

Monday, the third issue in one week of Smith’s Monthly will go out. It won’t get me completely caught up yet, but getting closer. Issue #28 went out last Monday to subscribers and Patreon supporters. Issue #29 went out Friday. Issue #30 will go out  today (Monday).

The reason for the delay was me, and not on the writing side. So the wonderful folks at WMG convinced me to give up where I was getting delayed slowly over the winter and just let me focus on the new store and then writing.

Thanks, Allyson, Judy, and Dayle for making these three issues possible so quickly.

Now it’s up to me and the writing. I like that.(grin)

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The Day

Great writer’s meeting up at the WMG offices and then worked at the store both before and after dinner and then did the assignments for the workshops. A fun day, actually.

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Online Workshops

June online workshops all have openings, including the new Teams in Fiction workshop. We are halfway though the month. The list in June is a good one and so is the list in July. And note the July workshops don’t start until well after the 4th.

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Topic of the Night: 30th Issue

Tomorrow (later today) the 30th issue of Smith’s Monthly will come out. Now I thought that completely filling my own 70,000 word magazine every month was flat crazy. That’s about the size of a normal Asimov’s or Analog Magazine. Never expected it to go thirty issues and still be going strong.

But I managed it, and will soon have #31 put together. Every issue has had a novel in it. Every issue had parts of one or two serial novels in it. And every issue had at least four or more short stories in it. Plus other stuff.

There is no limitation to genre, although I haven’t put in any of my real horror stories yet. I might layer them through later on. And I haven’t put in any of the erotica I wrote for a time way back, although I did fix one story and one novel to take out the graphic sex and just leave the story. I doubt I will ever put in stories like “The Sexual Voyage of the Starship Shirley.”

So it has been thirty issues.

Over the next fall, I’ll be putting together some bundles with numbers of issues, like all the issues with the Thunder Mountain books, and so on. And I will offer a set discount price for anyone who wants to get all of them at once. Stay tuned for all of that.

And, of course, all back issues are for sale at any point both in paper and electronic.

The first of August three years ago was when I announced this crazy project and the first issue came out in October, 2013. I have, in just the pages of my own magazine, written more than most authors do in entire careers. Thirty novels, over 130 short stories, and so on.

The reason I could even think of doing this project was the new world of publishing. Could you imagine a mid-list pulp writer like me offering this project to a traditional publisher? Snort.  I might have killed an editor from laughing.

But yet the project has been very successful. Maybe not New York accountant-level of successful, but I’m damn happy with it.

So over this next week I will get the magazine web site updated and get back to finishing the next novel. Two novels in June and the second coming of Stories from July in July. (Or as I like to call it, “Tempting Fate.”)

And I will, once again, blog about the stories as I do them every day.

31 stories in July. And it will be right about then that Issue #31 of Smith’s Monthly will come out.

I like how that has worked out.

So I hope some of you will either subscribe or be a Patreon supporter. There is no shortage of my stuff to read and now a lot of it is under one title: Smith’s Monthly.

And for those of you who have subscribed or been a supporter on Patreon, I want to say thanks! It has made the ride really fun for me.

Thirty issues… Who knew?

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 22

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 977

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

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

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,300 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 447 e-mails. Approx. 28,800 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.
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Store and Workshop

Store and Workshop

Another full day at WMG offices (part of which will soon be our new store). I worked on one of the new workshops as well as did a bunch of stuff in the store. Got the second temporary sign hung outside, got some final trim work done, did a lot of work on all the die cast cars.

And then spent the evening sorting through and getting some non-sports cards ready. (They are art cards mostly. But we have a lot of Trek, Star Wars, X-Files and other cards. We have one area of the store that is nothing but non-sport cards.

And dug out some old games. Eventually this store will also have a modern game section, but at the moment just some older games and a ton of clocks.  Walking down the aisle with all the clocks on both sides is kind of creepy, actually.

Tomorrow I hope to have a new topic of the night.

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Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

As planned, I got second issue of Smith’s Monthly out yesterday to subscribers and up on Patreon.  One more on Monday.

Looks like we are going to pull off this first phase of catching up. Now I just need to get back to writing next week for the second phase.

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Online Workshops

June online workshops all have openings, including the new Teams in Fiction workshop. We are halfway though the month. The list in June is a good one and so is the list in July. And note the July workshops don’t start until well after the 4th.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 21

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 976

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

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

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,300 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 447 e-mails. Approx. 28,800 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.
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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.)

A Complete Store Day

A Complete Store Day

From the moment I got out of the house until I got home at midnight (I ate lunch and dinner up at the store), I worked on the new store (except for a short trip out to our original store to pick stuff up).

Turned out to be about 11 hours straight.

I will show pictures of the store when we open on Wednesday. But below is one of me on a ladder working to put up one of our temporary signs. (Our nice wooden signs won’t be in for about a month. There will be five of them on the front of the huge building.)

To give some scale, that banner is 4′ x 8′. And there will be an identical one on the railing on the other side of the main entrance.

Josh, the store manager is holding the ladder. Allyson took the picture while talking with someone from the plant store. Also working in our store at that point was Billy, WMG Publishing Head of Sales. He was working on pricing books and Cinda was working on the jewelry section.

Today, besides one of the two temporary banners, I worked in hanging hundreds of mint in pack Hotwheels cars. Six or seven hundred left. I also hung more X-Men and Batman MIP characters.

I also hung “the door” and it has now found it’s final hanging place, keeping customers out of our back room and Kris’s office back there.

It did put up a good fight.

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Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

As planned, I got second issue of Smith’s Monthly out today to subscribers and up on Patreon.  One more on Monday.

Looks like we are going to pull off this first phase of catching up. Now I just need to get back to writing next week for the second phase.

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Topic of the Night: Nope

The old body is aching from too many times up and down ladders, fighting a door into place, lifting and moving boxes and so much more. I don’t feel like a young man, but I think I acted like it today.

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Online Workshops

June online workshops all have openings, including the new Teams in Fiction workshop. We are halfway though the month. The list in June is a good one and so is the list in July. And note the July workshops don’t start until well after the 4th.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 20

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 975

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

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

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,100 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 433 e-mails. Approx. 28,400 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.
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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.)

Bundle Ending

Bundle Ending in One Day!!

So if you want to read my novel HEAVEN PAINTED AS A POKER CHIP, you can get it in a bundle with eleven other novels from other writers from Bundlerabbit. Click on the image to go to the bundle. Trust me, there are some great writers and great books in this bundle besides me. Just click on the picture to go to the bundle.

Don’t Miss This One!

The Day

The door of yesterday’s battle continued the fight into the office. And at one point it bit Allyson, but she is all right.

The door will find a home shortly, but there may be more fight left in that slab of wood yet.

Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

As planned, I got a recent issue of Smith’s Monthly out to subscribers and up on Patreon. The next issue should be out to subscribers and up on Patreon tomorrow, and then with luck, the third issue in this run will be on Monday.

And so far the luck is with us. So expect another issue tomorrow.

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Topic of the Night: Nope

The day was spent running errands and then working in the store until almost midnight. Only five more days. Tonight I hung mint-in-pack Star Trek figures, Alien figures, X-Files figures, and moved about a hundred different ornate boxes of various sizes.

My plan is to get back to writing at full steam on the 26th. But between now and then I will also be working on workshop stuff.

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Online Workshops

June online workshops all have openings, including the new Teams in Fiction workshop. We are halfway though the month. The list in June is a good one and so is the list in July. And note the July workshops don’t start until well after the 4th.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 19

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 974

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

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

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,800 words

— E-mail: 17 e-mails. Approx. 800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 422 e-mails. Approx. 28,000 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.
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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.)

New Door and Other Adventures

The Battle of the Door

Well, somehow, on a slightly rainy, somewhat windy, late afternoon a good hour from home, in the parking lot of a large chain home-supply store, Kris and I managed to wage a great battle to put in an entire framed interior door into my old van.

And get the back door closed.

Now, when I said we’d pick up a door while over in the bigger city, I just assumed it would fit in my trusty old van.

Everything fit in my trusty old van.

Not so much a framed interior door 36 inches wide by 84 inches tall. Suited for closing off a back room from the new store.

We must have looked pretty silly because we got two nice people and a panhandler stop to ask if they could help. The panhandler was an injured vet and I gave him twenty bucks for gas to get home since the VA has left him stranded without gas money. He was a nice guy.

But we managed to get the door into the van without anyone’s help, but it might take me a week to return my old van to its normal mess status. And Kris rode home with her chin far too close to the dashboard for comfort.

An adventure, but we got a nice meal afterwards, talked publishing and writing, and we had a nice drive home after I took a thirty minute nap in a Target parking lot while Kris went for a walk to get her steps for the day.

A successful trip. Everything does fit in my old van.

The door, for its part in all this, will hold a place of honor in the new store starting tomorrow.

Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

As planned, I got a recent issue of Smith’s Monthly out to subscribers and up on Patreon. The next issue should be out to subscribers and up on Patreon on Friday, and then with luck, the third issue in this run will be on Monday.

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Topic of the Night: Nope

Far too beat up after the battle of the door to talk about anything of value tonight. Tomorrow.

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Online Workshops

June online workshops all have openings, including the new Teams in Fiction workshop. We are halfway though the month. The list in June is a good one and so is the list in July. And note the July workshops don’t start until well after the 4th.

Interesting to me that the new Teams in Fiction isn’t getting more interest. I thought it would, since almost no one writes teams in their fiction, yet it is a main key to keeping readers engaged with stories. Time of great forgetting at fault, more than likely.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 18

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 973

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

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

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,500 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 405 e-mails. Approx. 27,200 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.
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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.)

Workshops and Store

Workshops and Store

I spent all day on the store and on working on workshops, so it was a very fun day.

Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

As planned, I got a recent issue of Smith’s Monthly out to subscribers and up on Patreon. The next issue should be out to subscribers and up on Patreon on Friday, and then with luck, the third issue in this run will be on Monday.

Now it’s going to take me some writing to get caught up.

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Topic of the Night: nothing tonight

I’ve been sitting at the computer too long today, so no topic tonight. Need to give my eyes a rest.

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Online Workshops

June online workshops all have openings, including the new Teams in Fiction workshop. We are halfway though the month. The list in June is a good one and so is the list in July. And note the July workshops don’t start until well after the 4th.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 17

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 972

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

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

— Blog Posts: 100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,200 words

— E-mail: 28 e-mails. Approx. 4,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 393 e-mails. Approx. 26,700 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.
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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.)

Distracted

Distracted

In case you hadn’t noticed, I haven’t written a word of fiction or nonfiction this month so far. I’ll talk about it in the topic below.

Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

As planned, I got a recent issue of Smith’s Monthly out to subscribers and up on Patreon. The next issue should be out to subscribers and up on Patreon on Friday, and then with luck, the third issue in this run will be on Monday.

Now it’s going to take me some writing to get caught up.

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Topic of the Night: Distracted

I haven’t done a word of writing this month. But honestly, that’s normal for me and I expected it, sort of. I wanted to finish the Death Takes a Partner novel by now, but then decided I would move the deadline to around the first of the month.

My distraction, of course, has been getting close to starting the new store. One week from Wednesday, so I don’t plan on starting to write until one week from Wednesday. (grin)

When I started the first store almost nine years ago now, I didn’t write a word for about six months. This is just going to be less than a month.

Now after all these years of writing, I know myself and when I get like this, I do one thing that most writers don’t do. I accept it.

I don’t push myself to write because I know there is no point, and I don’t punish myself for not writing.

In other words, I keep the writing fun.

Right now my fun is working in the new store. For example, tonight I filled a sixteen foot section of a wall with about a thousand Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Johnny Lightning and other die-cast 1/64 scale cars. They will be sold for a buck each.

Yesterday I was working on hanging toys, Marvel, Star Trek, Star Wars, and you name it.

All fun.

So I will be back writing when the store opens and I hope to finish not only the book I have started but two more before July 1st. And then I hope to do another Stories from July just to temp the writing gods.

So I will be back writing, and I have been having a blast with online workshops.

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Online Workshops

June online workshops all have openings, including the new Teams in Fiction workshop. We are halfway though the month. The list in June is a good one and so is the list in July. And note the July workshops don’t start until well after the 4th.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 16

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 971

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

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

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,100 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 365 e-mails. Approx. 22,600 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.)

Topic of the Night: Can’t vs Don’t

Can’t vs Don’t

Over the last month or so I’ve been seeing tons of writers talk about how they can’t do this or that aspect of publishing. All I have been doing is shaking my head and mostly turning away.

I kind of equate this to saying I wanted to be a professional fiction writer when I started in 1974, but I couldn’t mail a manuscript to an editor. Pretty much a terminal problem for a career when I started off.

So let me start off with giving you one thing you absolutely can’t do (in my opinion.) You can’t do your own copyediting. We writers just can’t see our own mistakes.

But past that one exception, there is nothing any person who really wants to be a writer and build a career in this new world can’t learn how to do.

But… But… But…

Before I get a ton of excuses, reasons, and other stuff like that, hold your anger and your critical voice and let me go on for a moment. Please?

First off, I need to explain what I see developing for a writer in this new world of publishing.

With discoverability difficult, with no real way to even manufacture or promote yourself into a bestseller anymore, the writer of today going forward is going to have to build a career slowly. And build it on quality storytelling and productivity.

In other words, the writing world has returned to what it used to be. When I came in, the standard was that if you were prolific and could keep learning and getting better and were persistent, you could start making a small living in ten years or so.

Now, with the indie road to sudden riches gone, writers must learn numbers of things to survive in this new world and start making a living with their writing.

— A writer must be prolific. Long gone are the one-book-a-year writers making decent money (past the crop of older traditional bestsellers still going.)

— A writer must be a good small-business person. Long gone are the days when you could have an agent take care of you.

— A writer must learn sales language and be able to understand sales. Long gone are the days when a sales department did all the work for you.

— A writer must learn how to do all their own production. Long gone are the days when you mailed off a manuscript and it came back a finished book a year later.

So now a writer must be a writer, publisher, production person, and a sales person, all balanced and wrapped together in tight, but separate spaces.

That’s the reality I see going forward for writers.

Can’t Do That…

So as I hear writer after writer utter the words…”I can’t…” I realize that they just cut their already tough chances of making a living with their writing down.

Way down.

The word “Can’t” is a negative word, mostly based out of fear of the unknown. It seldom has an reality past great rationalization of the person uttering the word.

So what are some of the many, many things I hear writers saying they can’t do? Here are the main ones.

— I can’t indie publish. (Add in all the fear reasons.)

— I can’t do my own covers.

— I can’t upload my books.

— I can’t put my books on anything but KU on Amazon. (You will not believe the rationalizations and short-term thinking with this one.)

— I can’t do a paperback edition.

— I can’t promote to and get my books into bookstores.

— I can’t write more than one book a year.

— I can’t learn business. (The reasons for this are the most funny ones.)

— I can’t write a short story (or novel… take your pick.)

— I can’t promote myself or my work. (Usually followed by, “I just don’t feel right about it.”)

And on and on. You might want to have your friends and family start writing down every time you say you can’t do something. Saying you can’t do something is a stunningly effective self-fulfilling way to keep you from doing something.

Unless anyone following this is more blind than I am, you can do all of the above with a belief system and some learning.

In other words, you DON’T do them because you believe you CAN’T. Just a belief system that you will defend like a religion when pressed.

Why is this Important?

For a few years, I believed that every writer needed to do everything but copyedit in this new world. Then for a while I went away from that and thought that hiring help might be a good idea.

Now I am back to believing that if a writer wants to succeed in this new world, AT FIRST they need to learn how to do everything.

Why have I gone back to that stance? Pretty simple and clear.

— Unless you know how to do a cover and have studied how to do them and studied covers in your genre, if you hire one done, you won’t know if it’s good or bad. I have seen so many really bad covers on indie books that the writer was proud to have paid hundreds of bucks to get.

— Unless you have learned business, you won’t know when someone is taking advantage of you. And trust me, you will get taken.

— 15 minutes per day writing 250 words is a 90,000 word novel a year. If you can’t manage more than 15 minutes a day writing, you shouldn’t be thinking of making your living with your writing.

— You can just keep believing the hype if you want about how only the magic dust of traditional publishers can get books into the bookstores, but you can do it as well if you are willing to learn how.

— Doing a paperback edition is simply learning how to lay out a book in InDesign. Lots of free or cheap tutorials out there on how to do that.

— Doing your own covers takes time and study, and you might need to get InDesign every month, or use PowerPoint. And study covers and take some tutorials out there on the web on how to do them.

You need to know how to do all of that before you can safely hire help. And then know that the work the help is doing is up to your standards.

So you can keep saying “I can’t do that. But I can hire it done.”

And I will look at you knowing you have just crippled your chance of success. Not counting that in the early days of any business, spending that kind of money is just a bad business decision.

But if you say, “I did my first twenty book covers and got them out before I hired help.” I will know you are on the right track.

(By the way, I did the first 200 books plus of WMG Publishing before we hired our first bit of help.)

So Can’t vs Don’t

A better way of stating this bluntly:

I want to be a professional fiction writer but I don’t want to spend the time and energy to learn how to do it in this new world.

The writers who are starting now who learn how to do everything themselves to start off with (before hiring help) will be the writers with the best odds of still publishing and making a living ten and twenty years from now.

Check in with your own excuses and give them a hard look.

Just might be what kicks you to the next level in this business.

And don’t forget to have fun. If you CAN’T have fun making stuff up and getting people to give you money for doing that, you are really, really in the wrong place.

So stated positively… Have fun.

Have fun with the writing.

Have fun with the learning.

Have fun with the production.

Have fun with the business.

Sunday Fun

Fun Sunday

It was a fun day today. The writers meeting up at the WMG offices was fun and lasted until five, then I worked in my office on workshop stuff, then in the store. I alternated going from my office to the store until around midnight.

I will have pictures of the new store in just over a week when we open.

Free Originality Workshop Now Here

As I have been working to get some changes done here, one thing I added was a way to watch the YouTube videos here. I put them under the YouTube tab above and then each week of the Originality workshop on a sub-page. So you can go through the workshop in a similar fashion as when it was offered originally.

YouTube tab at the top of the page.

If you have any questions about that workshop or any of the ones we offer, feel free to write me.

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Patreon Supporters and Smith’s Monthly Subscribers

We got if figured out for starting the catching up of Smith’s Monthly through WMG. One issue will go out electronically on Monday, a second issue on Friday, and a third issue on the following Monday.

Got the proof on the first paper one a couple days ago. The new system seems to be working if I can get back to the writing at pace. Sort of distracted by the store opening in just over a week.

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Topic of the Night: Can’t vs Don’t

I’ve been more and more bothered with all the writers saying they can’t do this or that in publishing. So figured I would take it on a little in the Topic of the Night above..

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Online Workshops

June online workshops all have openings, including the new Teams in Fiction workshop. We are halfway though the month. The list in June is a good one and so is the list in July. And note the July workshops don’t start until well after the 4th.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 15

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 970

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

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

— Blog Posts: 1,400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,800 words

— E-mail: 34 e-mails. Approx. 2,300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 351 e-mails. Approx. 21,500 words

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

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Online Workshop Schedule

These are the starting dates of upcoming online workshops. Limited to twelve writers. All have openings unless I say closed below. For sign-up and more information about each workshop, click the Online Workshop tab at the top of the page.

Class #51… June 6th … The Business of Writing
Class #52… June 6th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #53… June 6th … Author Voice
Class #54… June 6th … Ideas into Stories
Class #55… June 7th … Teams in Fiction
Class #56… June 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… June 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #58… June 8th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #59… June 8th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #60… June 8th … Advanced Depth

Class #1… July 11th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 11th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 11th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 11th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 12th … Character Development
Class #6… July 12th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 12th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 13th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 13th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10... July 13th … Teams in Fiction

Class #11… Aug 8th … The Business of Writing
Class #12… Aug 8th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #13… Aug 8th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #14… Aug 8th … Ideas into Stories
Class #15… Aug 9th … Teams in Fiction
Class #16… Aug 9th … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Aug 9th … Plotting With Depth
Class #18… Aug 10th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #19… Aug 10th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Aug 10th … Advanced Depth

Sign-up and more information under Online Workshops tab at the top of the page.

Classic Workshops

You can sign up for these and start at any point. They are the regular workshops, only you don't send in the homework and you can take them as fast or as slow as you would like.

They are half the price of a regular six week workshop.

Classic Workshops offered.

Making a Living... Classic
Productivity... Classic
Discoverability... Classic
Writing in Series... Classic
Genre Structure... Classic
Career... Classic

Lecture Series

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#1... Heinlein's Rules... Dean Wesley Smith 15 videos... $75.00

#2... Read Like a Writer... Kristine Kathryn Rusch... 8 videos... $50.00

#3... How to Write a Short Story: The Basics... Kristine Kathryn Rusch.... 7 videos... $50.00

#4... Writer's Block and Procrastination... Dean Wesley Smith... 8 videos... $50.00

#5... Carving Time Out for Your Writing... Dean Wesley Smith.... 8 videos... $50.00

#6... How to Research for Fiction Writers... Kristine Kathryn Rusch.... 14 videos... $75.00

#7... Pen Names: Help With the Decision... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#8... Motivation: Starting Easier and Writing More... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#9... Practice: The Attitude and Methods of Practice in Fiction... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#10... Master Plot Formula: How and Why It Works Today... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#11... Prolific Lecture: How to Become a Prolific Fiction Writer... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#12... The Stages of a Fiction Writer: How to Know Where You Are In Learning and How To Move Upward... Dean Wesley Smith.... 11 videos... $50.00

#13... Starting Writing. Or Restarting Your Writing... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#14... Endings: How to Write Them and Understand What Makes a Good Ending... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#15... Audio Narration Lecture... Jane Kennedy.... 9 audio lectures... $50.00

#16... Your Writing as an Investment Lecture... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#17... How to Get Your Books into Bookstores Lecture... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#18... How to Think Like a Science Fiction Writer Lecture... Kristine Kathryn Rusch....11 videos... $50.00

#19... Why Some Books Sell More Than Other Books... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#20... How to Write a Page Turning Novel or Story: Basics and Tricks ... Dean Wesley Smith.... 8 videos... $50.00

#21... The Basics of Designing Science Fiction Covers ... Allyson Longueira .... 8 videos... $50.00

#22... The Basics of Designing Mystery, Cozy, or Thriller Covers ... Allyson Longueira .... 8 videos... $50.00

#23... Paying the Price: A Working Writer's Mindset ... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#24... Writing into the Dark: The Tricks and Methods of Writing Without an Outline... Dean Wesley Smith... 12 videos... $50.00

#25... Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... Dean Wesley Smith... 10 videos... $50.00

#26... Organization... Allyson Longueira... 8 videos... $50.00

#27... Confidence... Dean Wesley Smith... 10 videos... $50.00

#28... Stories to Novels... Dean Wesley Smith... 9 videos... $50.00

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