Online Workshop Details
TO SIGN UP, PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.
LIMIT OF ABOUT 12 WRITERS PER WORKSHOP. This limit of 12 writers allows the instructor(s) to give each writer more personal attention.
Structure of every workshop:
— Each week for six weeks video lectures will be available for the writer to listen and watch in their own time. (Video lectures will be about 6 to 8 or so minutes long each and there will be about six or so of them per week depending on topic.)
— Each week will include an assignment which will need to be sent as an attached file within five days. We will work personally with each writer or book designer, and send the assignments back to each person before the end of the week. (The assignments are not mandatory, but suggested to get the most out of each workshop.)
— Then each week we will record a short (5 minutes or so) video talking in general (never giving names) about the assignment for everyone in the class to watch. Then the following week’s assignment and lecture will be available.
— Each new video will be released on the same day of the week as the first one for six weeks. So if the workshop starts on Monday, the new weekly video session will be released every Monday.
Workshops are all SIX WEEKS LONG.
Cost of online workshops is $300.00 each. (Payment instructions at the bottom of the page.)
The workshops will have a distinctive web site. The website will have FAQ and comments sections for discussions and other areas of interest for each workshop. About one week before each workshop I will contact each writer signed up and get them a password to the class location.
NO REFUNDS. However, your money can be moved to a different workshop down the road if you have schedule or health problems. We will work with you.
My e-mail address for these workshops is email@example.com. Please put only WORKSHOPS in the subject line. Or if I do not respond, please try again. I try to respond fairly quickly, meaning within the same day.
Remember, all these workshops are limited to 12 writers per month.
Learn How to Help Your Books Get Found By Readers
In other words, this is the workshop you need to take when you are all done writing and your book is either coming out indie or traditional. How do you get your work into more reader’s awareness?
What can you do to get your book out there so that readers who love it will find it? That has always been the question in publishing and this new world is no different.
However, in this new world, writers are in control of this part of the business for the most part and now have a thousand choices to make on helping their books get found. And sometimes those choices vary from book to book.
You can do passive marketing such as pricing and branding covers and active blurbs, things that need to be done right no matter what else you do.
But how much time do you want to spend on websites, blogs, social media, and going after reviews for your books? And how to do all that effectively so that the marketing time does not eat into your writing time.
It has always been the case that writing the next book is the best promotion for your last book. But we all want to do more. So how much do you want to do? What is the value, and so on? This workshop will cover all that as well.
SOME AREAS TO BE COVERED IN DISCOVERABILITY
— How do you use the word “free” to help you sell books and make more money?
— When do you hire help and do it in a way you can afford? And what kind of help?
— An entire lecture on reviews will be included as an added bonus in this workshop. What is the value of reviews and how to get them will be in the lecture.
— Brick and mortar store value to your books. How to market to the brick and mortar stores, and when to spend the time and when not to.
— Reader discoverability. How do you get it? When and how do you use a site like Bookbud? Or when bundles are great.
— Discounting for sales. How to do it in a sane way.
— Pricing and the power and costs of pricing changes in general.
— Funneling, which is a buzz word used by indies that means to funnel readers into your series with your first book. How to do it effectively.
— Value of short fiction to your sales.
— Value of selling some work traditional to your sales.
— Advertising. How, when, why, and a bunch of why not. Publishing has always been an odd place for advertising. It can work, it often doesn’t. All that explained.
— Mailing lists, their value to your core vans, their value to word of mouth. How to do them and not spend a vast amount of time at it and how to do them correctly without annoying your fans.
— Kris’s book Discoverability will be added reading in this workshop and will be given to you free as part of the workshop, but the workshop will go far, far, far beyond what she was able to do in that wonderful book.
— Branding. To author, to genre, to topic. What do you do for who you are as a writer? And the time you have to spend?
— Tags and key words and how to use them effectively on all the major sales sites.
— The value of bestseller lists, the value of tracking your own book sales, and how to do it in a way that helps you.
— Understanding the three different times to promote: Before, at publication, and after. What can be done in each phase.
— Value of pre-orders on sales and word of mouth.
— Value of back matter and front matter and links in books.
And more… much more. Allyson at WMG Publishing and other professional writers who are making their living at this are helping Kris and me put this all together into a package that will be useful into the future.
The point of this workshop is to give each writer choices in marketing. One choice for one writer might be perfect and work while the same choice for another writer would hurt their writing and not be who they are as a writer. And one choice for one book would suck as a choice for the very next book. You, as a publisher, a marketer, need to know when to do marketing, what kind works for that book, and when not to and go back and write the next book instead.
Outside of the craft workshops to help you write better books, this may be the best workshop we will do. It’s taken a village to put it together, that’s for sure.
MAKING A LIVING WITH YOUR FICTION WRITING
Turn your dream into reality (without ever having to have a bestseller).
Every writer works and thinks differently. In this new world, no one road will get you to that dream of making a living with your fiction. But knowing how to set up goals and knowing which path to walk remains critical to success.
This workshop will help you find the right path for your fiction writing.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch and I both made a living for decades in the old system, and four years ago we moved to the new world, to the indie world of publishing. And now we are making even more money.
We now bring that knowledge to this workshop to help others.
Sometimes using parts of both traditional and indie systems might be right for some writers. Other writers only want to go indie. This workshop will cover both those paths and many others.
And this workshop helps you avoid wrong turns and bad decisions as much as possible.
So for a six week workshop online, we are going to help writers figure out how to get from dreaming of making a living with fiction to knowing it can be possible and how they can get to the dream.
This is a nuts and bolts business and money workshop, not a craft workshop. This workshop will work for you if you are just thinking of writing your first novel or if you have twenty novels written and want to finally make a living with the work.
And this workshop will be blunt, clear, and straight forward, as everyone has come to expect from me and Kris.
If you want to learn how to sell a few more copies of one book, take the Promotion workshop. If you want to learn how to build a career and make a living with your fiction over decades, this workshop is the one for you.
Kris and I are two of the most prolific long-term writers working today. And we have done that year-after-year for thirty years. Well, finally we decided to tackle the one area we have been avoiding in teaching.
That’s right, we’re finally going to teach that skill. And in this new indie world, productivity is a critical skill to have.
If you followed my blog last year and watched me write twelve novels, three nonfiction books, and thirty-plus short stories while working a day job with WMG Publishing and workshops, you know what productivity is. Kris and I can teach you how to do that and a lot of other ways of being productive.
If you are tired of looking back at a year and wondering why you didn’t write more, this workshop is for you.
If you think you just write too slow, this workshop is for you.
So for a six week workshop online, we are going to help writers become more productive and learn habits and techniques that will keep you productive for years to come. Six weeks of videos, five assignments. If you want an extra book per year, or just more stories, and can never seem to make it happen, this new workshop starting in September is for you.
We can all find extra time, but most writers don’t know how to convert that extra time over months and a year into more stories and novels.
This is a nuts and bolts workshop, not on craft workshop. This workshop will work if you want to write a first novel or just add more novels and stories to your yearly output. The techniques and methods we will teach in this workshop will work for all levels.
WRITING AND SELLING SHORT STORIES
In this new world of publishing, short stories suddenly became critical to the success of any writer.
This workshop functions as a business and a craft workshop. We will show you how you can make a lot of extra money from short fiction, and how to write major short stories for any genre.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who helped set this workshop up (even though I do the talking) is the only writer in history to be in all four Dell Magazines (Asimov’s, Hitchcock’s, Analog, and Ellery Queen). She has done that in the same year four times now. She won the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award six times, and reader’s choice awards for Analog and Queen as well.
Kris also is the only person on the planet to win the Hugo Award for best professional editor and for her short fiction.
I was also on the Hugo Award five or six times for my editing. Kris edited The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Pulphouse. I also edited for Pulphouse, for VB Tech, and for Pocket Books, all in short fiction. Kris and I also won a World Fantasy Award for our editing of short fiction work.
Kris and I both have written well past 400 short stories each. And been professional short fiction editors.
We now bring that knowledge to this workshop to help others learn how to write and sell short stories.
Short stories play a major role in our new world of publishing. Any writer wanting to make great money needs to know how to write short fiction, even if they only write one for an invite anthology or a promotion. Discoverability is everything these days, and short stories help in more ways than possible to imagine.
This is a nuts and bolts business and craft and money workshop. All three. We will cover it all.
And this workshop will be blunt, clear, and straight forward, as everyone has come to expect from me and Kris.
If you want to learn how to write and sell short stories and improve your discoverability and make more money with your writing, this workshop is the one for you.
HOW TO WRITE THRILLERS
Taught by Dean Wesley Smith, author of at least two dozen thriller novels under various names. First taught here at the coast, this workshop will help you not only learn how to write a thriller, the hardest genre of them all to write, but this workshop will help you speed up all books when you want to.
This workshop combines a lot of different areas of how to relay to the reader to keep reading. From plotting to pacing to character and so much more. Some people call thrillers “big books.” That’s because thrillers often require scope, multiple characters, and other skills this workshop will help you get a handle on.
If readers can put your books down while reading them, if they stop along the way, if they give reviews that it was slow, this workshop will fix those problems.
HOW TO WRITE SCIENCE FICTION
Put together by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. Kris is the only person to have won the Hugo Award for her writing and her professional editing of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Dean edited as well at Pulphouse and Pocket Books, writing and editing Star Trek for over ten years. He also wrote Men in Black original novels and many, many other very popular science fiction books.
Right now Dean is also writing two science fiction series under his own name and Kris is also writing two science fiction series under her own name as well as have short stories appear regularly in Asimov’s and Analog magazines. In fact, she’s won the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award five times and the Analog one a few times.
Kris and Dean, with Dean doing most of the talking, will lead you through how to write science fiction short stories and novels. You’ll learn all the sub-genres of the field, as well as how to write in each and what is required of each.
How to do science fiction series? That’s included, as well as some study of the classics and what made them classics in the field.
How to come up with ideas, how to build your science fiction worlds without needing orbital mechanics, and so much more.
Again, this will cover both short fiction and novels. Science fiction is such a huge genre, but we’ll try to pack it all in a short six weeks.
HOW TO WRITE SERIES NOVELS IN ALL GENRES
Taught by Dean Wesley Smith with the help of Kristine Kathryn Rusch. For both of them, many of their hundred plus novels each have been in series. And there are many, many skills to writing successful series books that hold readers from one book to another.
This workshop will cover series in all genres, from fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and even romance, which is a genre difficult to write series in. This workshop will talk about character threads through novels, plot arches, setting threads, and so much more, including how to even see that you might have a series idea. And with this new indie world, series are popular and sell better when a writer can do it correctly.
So everything you need to know about writing a successful series.
CHARACTER VOICE AND SETTING
If you want to learn how to get down inside character’s heads and stay there, this workshop teaches you that and so much more. And if critiques tell you your setting seems thin, you need this workshop.
An intense craft workshop that will help you learn how to develop memorable characters, memorable settings, and learn how to write multiple characters that can be told apart. Gain control over your own characters and learn the techniques that make a character and the setting around each character come alive to a reader.
Taught for six years here on the coast, but now has moved online.
WRITING WITH DEPTH
A sentence-by-sentence, clause-by-clause look at how you can write fiction, characters, settings, and plots with depth. Your writing, your characters, your fiction will take a huge jump forward with this workshop.
This workshop goes hand-in-hand with the Character Voice workshop and the Pacing workshop. Writing With Depth workshop adds in a third and final part to the puzzle of making characters and stories have real power that holds readers in your stories. And you can take the workshops in any order. They all just add to each other.
Last fall, Kris and I did a workshop called “Strengths” that looked at writers’ work up close and helped them, we hope, understand where they are strong, and where they need work. Almost everyone who took that class needed work consistency developing characters at a deeper level. But how?
In the Character Voice workshop, both here at the coast and now online, I often told writers they were just skimming over the surface and they needed to stay down in character’s heads more. But how?
The Writing With Depth workshop shows you exactly how.
Kris and I have finally worked out a way to get down into the details to show you exactly how to add depth to your characters and your work without hurting your plotting or your pacing.
Not a theory workshop. We show you directly how to do it and you practice it and get feedback from us on how to make your work even deeper.
PACING YOUR STORY
Ever wonder how a writer makes you stay up all night reading? And sometimes when the story doesn’t really hold you? This workshop teaches you the tricks and skills that will keep your story moving at the pace you want it to move.
From writing slow family scenes to fast action scenes, you will gain the control of the reader that you always wondered about.
This will cover a vast amount of information and writing techniques. From short stories to novels and series novels, this class applies to everything you will need to know about how to keep a story moving and the readers turning pages.
How to keep a reader reading from chapter to chapter and from scene to scene.
There are many ways besides the standard “hero hanging from a cliff” that the name of the technique is named after. In fact, there are six major cliffhangers and each week in this course will cover another way to keep your readers hooked into your stories. It will also cover how to speed up your stories and even understand when a scene or chapter should end.
Understanding how to use the major cliffhanger techniques will jump your sales and keep readers coming back to your work.
PITCHES AND BLURBS
Maybe the most important workshop we do.
This workshop will teach you how to write great ad copy for your stories and novels. Name value, then covers, then ad copy are the top three things readers look at before sampling your book.
This course will teach you how to write ad copy for electronic sales, for cover letters to editors, for catalog copy to bookstores, and also back cover copy for your books. This skill that takes time to learn and this workshop will get you on the road to selling more books and stories.
Writers seldom know what genre they write in. Every wonder why your book isn’t selling well?
Maybe it’s because you put your book on the wrong electronic shelf. Not only will this workshop teach you how to identify genres, but also will teach you the structure of all the major genres. That way if you decide to write a story or a novel in a certain genre, you will understand what you need to do.
This workshop goes down inside the structure of each genre and many subgenres. You will understand genre when you finish this workshop.
IDEAS TO STORY
How to generate ideas for stories and then how to turn the ideas into solid stories. Professional writers never wait for the muse.
We know how to take anything and make it into a story. This workshop will get you over all the fears of starting and give you an entire bag of tools and tricks to take almost nothing and turn it into a story that sells.
From basic opening tricks to story structure, this workshop covers it all.
BOOK COVER DESIGN
Taught by Dean Wesley Smith and Allyson Longueira, a professional book designer with a master’s degree in design.
Everything you need to know about book cover design, from basic layout to fonts and which fonts work together. This will include how to design covers for both electronic and print books, including spines and back covers. Make your books look professional.
This is taught in InDesign.
Each workshop is 6 weeks long and is limited to 12 writers
Again, it will take you about four hours per week to do each of these. These are the starting dates of upcoming workshops. All have openings at the moment.
Class #11… Feb 2nd … Making a Living
Class #12… Feb 2nd … How to Write Series Novels
Class #13… Feb 2nd … Discoverability
Class #14… Feb 2nd … Character Voice/Setting
Class #15… Feb 3rd … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #16… Feb 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Feb 3rd … Productivity
Class #18… Feb 4th … Designing Covers
Class #19… Feb 4th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Feb 4th … Pacing
Class #21… Mar 2nd … Making a Living
Class #22… Mar 2nd … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Mar 2nd … Genre Structure
Class #24… Mar 2nd … Character Voice/Setting
Class #25… Mar 3rd … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #26… Mar 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Mar 3rd … Productivity
Class #28… Mar 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Mar 4th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Mar 4th … Discoverability
HOW TO SIGN UP
Step One: In an e-mail or snail mail letter, answer the following questions. Please number each answer.
- Full Name
- e-mail address
Step Two: Also in the letter include the following:
1. Pick the workshop number and name of the workshop you are signing up for.
(You can sign up for more than one if you like. We had a number of people do that and they seemed to do fine. In fact, we had one great writer who did five at one time, but I would not suggest that. (grin))
2. List an alternate workshop or date in case the workshop is full by the time you get signed up. I will e-mail you if that is the case to work out a solution. (That has seldom happened in the last seven months, so no real worries about that.)
1. Send answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header WORKSHOP only in the subject line. Or mail to WMG Publishing Online Workshops, PO Box 479 Lincoln City, OR 97367
2. Send full payment of $300 for each workshop. Payment can be sent by check to the above address or by Paypal to Dean@deanwesleysmith.com. Checks should be made out to WMG Publishing and please put the workshop number and workshop name on the check.
(If a workshop is full and you have paid for it, I will refund your money, so no worry there either.)