Things are seeming to go along and I am within a week or so of being back in my office and writing like crazy again. I’ll talk about life rolls like the one I am in and what you can do with your writing goals after I get back. Stay tuned.
We had a great week of workshops here, with the last four days Scott William Carter and I working with 25-30 professional writers at all levels on all the aspects of being an indie publisher. From the start, to how much money you can make, to actually putting stories up, to promotion and beyond. Great fun. Kristine Kathryn Rusch stepped in on the first part of the promotion part for half a day and let me rest, which helped a ton as well.
Everyone left after a huge lunch yesterday (Sunday) and this afternoon (Monday) I’m mounting the trusty steed of a U-Haul truck and heading to Eugene to finish packing Bill’s apartment. (Part of his estate.) Two young professional movers and their large truck arrive on Thursday and we will clear the apartment and herd the two large trucks back here to the coast and get their contents into the new offices of WMG Publishing.
That’s right, instead of putting all this into storage, Kris and I rented a 2,500 square foot office complex for WMG Publishing and for the workshops starting next year. It’s a mess, but I hope by the end of February for the next workshop I will have it in some sort of order.
Over the winter I will also be working on Bill’s house, but no rush there unlike the apartment he lived in. Yes, he had a three bedroom house he used as storage, filled completely, and a large one-bedroom apartment downtown. Even with all the estate issues themselves and the court stuff, the mass of stuff is huge and all has to be cleaned out and tossed or organized and brought to the coast. In case you haven’t caught on, my friend Bill was a hoarder. He could make a penny scream and never tossed anything away in decades and decades. I think I can feel him shuddering every time I toss out an old book catalog or an invoice from 1988. (grin)
I will be back here for the last part of the week and until November 1st when I head to Reno to track down Bill’s van and do everything down there where he died, then head for Boise for a fun visit with my family and friends, then home to write. So gone more than here over the next few weeks, then I get to settle in for a long winter of writing and having fun.
I’ll post recommended readings and a guest blog by New York Times Bestselling writer K.W. Jeter on his new books and the new world of writing while I am gone, so stay tuned.
And speaking of a page worth going to, Passive Guy, on his blog ThePassiveVoice has a number of really, really interesting articles today and yesterday. One about covers, another from a small publisher showing how sales varied between paper and e-books. Some great stuff. Check it out.