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Day of Progress

 

A DAY OF PROGRESS

Lots and lots done today. Feels good.

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THE DAY

Made it up to WMG around 1:30 p.m. after running errands and worked there on collection and store stuff until 3:30 p.m. Then worked on Smith’s Monthly before heading out to walk.

Back after the walk to continue on Smith’s Monthly. Got it all the way laid out so all I need now is table of contents and a few more ads and off it goes to the printer.

Home to cook dinner, then do e-mail, then I took a nap (a productive thing to do), then read some stories, then got back into this office to do a writing session.

Got 900 words done before heading to watch some television.

Back in here around 1:30 a.m. to do another session on the novel. Another 1,200 words. Novel is going right along now. No idea where, but it’s going.

Took a break, did another 1,200 word session starting at 2:30 a.m. before moving over to do the topic of the night post and this post.

3,300 words today.

For those wondering about how I stay with the numbers I suggested on that topic post above, just think of all my work on the stores and at WMG in meetings and such as my day job. So my work on Smith’s Monthly is production, and my work slowly getting this blog together is promotion. I tend to short shift the promotion by my calculations, but the rest is about right. I do manage about 15-20 hours per week on the writing beyond my day job.

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MARCH WORKSHOP LIST

All of the March online workshops below have openings.

Also note that in April the AUTHOR VOICE workshop will be starting and I am taking sign-ups for that as well. It’s going to be a great workshop. If you want to learn how to understand and recognize your own author voice, how to alter your voice depending on stories, or even write invisible voice, and a ton more, that workshop will be for you.

Remember, each regular online workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time during the week.

All workshops have openings.

Class #21… Mar 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #22… Mar 7th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Mar 7th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #24… Mar 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #25… Mar 8th … Character Development
Class #26… Mar 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Mar 8th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Mar 9th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Mar 9th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Mar 9th … Advanced Depth

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

Full descriptions of the workshops and how to sign up under the Online Workshop tab above.

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TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Balance of the Parts of Publishing

See above…

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The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

(List shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish. And I am fairly certain this book will not end up as long as the words I have put into it. Normal for writing a puzzle mystery into the dark.)

Day 17.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 36,250 words.
Day 22.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 38,300 words.
Day 23.. 1,850 words.  Total words so far… 40,150 words.
Day 24.. 3,950 words.  Total words so far… 44,100 words.
Day 25.. 2,000 words.  Total words so far… 46,100 words.
Day 26.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 47,150 words.
Day 27.. 1,150 words.  Total words so far… 48,300 words.
Day 23.. 3,300 words.  Total words so far… 51,600 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 7, Day 11

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 874

— Daily Fiction: 3,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 7,500 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 1,300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,100 words

— E-mail: 15 e-mails.  Approx. 500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 216 e-mails. Approx. 10,600 words

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

Collection

 

COLLECTION

Totally crazy day all around.

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THE DAY

Made it to WMG offices around 1 p.m. for meetings, then took off around 2:30 while the meeting was still going on to join Billy and Josh who were packing up the large X-Files collection we bought yesterday. It was raining, so we needed my van, which we filled and a bunch of Billy’s car as well. Big collection from an avid collector.

So back to meetings, then talked with Billy for a time about the collection, then Kris came back and we went out to dinner.

Back to the office for a number of hours to work on Smith’s Monthly.

This weekend or Monday I should have an issue for Paetron supporters and subscribers. Then a second one will be right behind that. And Heinlein’s Rules book will be out this month, later on.

Home here to work on workshop stuff and e-mail. Then a bunch of television.

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MARCH WORKSHOP LIST

All of the March online workshops below have openings.

Also note that in April the AUTHOR VOICE workshop will be starting and I am taking sign-ups for that as well. It’s going to be a great workshop. If you want to learn how to understand and recognize your own author voice, how to alter your voice depending on stories, or even write invisible voice, and a ton more, that workshop will be for you.

Remember, each regular online workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time during the week.

All workshops have openings.

Class #21… Mar 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #22… Mar 7th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Mar 7th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #24… Mar 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #25… Mar 8th … Character Development
Class #26… Mar 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Mar 8th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Mar 9th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Mar 9th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Mar 9th … Advanced Depth

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

Full descriptions of the workshops and how to sign up under the Online Workshop tab above.

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TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Nothing Tonight

Between the focus on the planning meetings at WMG, the nifty collection, and Smith’s Monthly, I didn’t get much focus on the novel again tonight.

For those wondering, I started Dead Hand in late November. The slowness has nothing at all to do with the book. Just my focus.

But one good thing about this novel being slow. Now I can officially tell people it takes me about three or four months to write a novel. That always makes people happy. A lot happier than telling them I can write a novel in ten to fifteen days when focused. (grin)

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The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

(List shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish. And I am fairly certain this book will not end up as long as the words I have put into it. Normal for writing a puzzle mystery into the dark.)

Day 17.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 36,250 words.
Day 22.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 38,300 words.
Day 23.. 1,850 words.  Total words so far… 40,150 words.
Day 24.. 3,950 words.  Total words so far… 44,100 words.
Day 25.. 2,000 words.  Total words so far… 46,100 words.
Day 26.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 47,150 words.
Day 27.. 1,150 words.  Total words so far… 48,300 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 7, Day 10

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 873

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 4,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 4,000 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,800 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails.  Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 201 e-mails. Approx. 10,100 words

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

Author Earnings Report

 

AUTHOR EARNINGS REPORT

Yesterday I mentioned we had a professional writer’s meeting. Well, what we talked about during a large part of that meeting was the new Author Earnings Report that officially came out today.

You can get the February report at:

http://authorearnings.com/report/february-2016-author-earnings-report/

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THE DAY

Made it to WMG around 1 p.m. for meetings all day, some lunch, then back for another meeting.

Then home to cook dinner, do all the assignments for the workshops, then read ten stories and watch some television. Crazy day but a lot of things done.

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MARCH WORKSHOP LIST

All of the March online workshops below have openings.

Also note that in April the AUTHOR VOICE workshop will be starting and I am taking sign-ups for that as well. It’s going to be a great workshop. If you want to learn how to understand and recognize your own author voice, how to alter your voice depending on stories, or even write invisible voice, and a ton more, that workshop will be for you.

Remember, each regular online workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time during the week.

All workshops have openings.

Class #21… Mar 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #22… Mar 7th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Mar 7th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #24… Mar 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #25… Mar 8th … Character Development
Class #26… Mar 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Mar 8th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Mar 9th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Mar 9th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Mar 9th … Advanced Depth

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Author Earnings Report

Once again the traditional publishing world is going to throw stones at this, but honestly, this has to scare them to death, at least the smart people working in traditional that have their heads out of the dark and are not in denial.

This report talks more about how the data was collected, then goes on to show a ton of stuff. I highly suggest that each of you read this. As Hugh and Data guy have always said, they do these reports to give writers more information when making decisions.

So to get the information, go read the report. Study it and understand it. Link at the top here.

Let me give you some of what I took as highlights out of many from this report.

But first off, realize that WMG Publishing is in the small/medium-sized publisher category. My books are not indie published in this report. At the meeting on Sunday we had two medium-sized publishers and eleven indie publishers. (All known these days as professional writers.)

So keep that in mind. The indie numbers are under reported on this report, as Hugh and Data guy both say is the case.

Also keep in mind that the traditional big five all publish the likes of Cussler, Patterson, Roberts and so on. Those are included in the big five numbers.

It would sure be interesting to see the top 50 major bestseller numbers pulled from that traditional publishing number to see how really, really small it is for the normal writer.

Hugh? Data Guy? Would that be even possible? Just a thought. Might help the traditional mid-list genre writers understand their positions a little more.

So to the points that I found amazing in this one.

— Indie alone is almost 45% of all ebooks sold. Add in a bunch of the small and medium-sized presses like WMG and that number rockets past 50% easily. The “shadow industry” is now selling more books than the regular industry. Wow, just wow.

— Daily ebook sales stunned me as well. Remember, these numbers are just Amazon just in one day. WMG Publishing sells more ebooks on other sites combined than it does on Amazon on any give day. Not counting paper and audio. So this is the big store, sure, but not the only store.

Amazon’s daily ebook unit sales (January 2016):

 TOTAL 1,064,000
Indie Self-Published ebook KU full-read equivalents 155,000
Indie Self-Published regular retail ebook sales 293,000
Small/Medium Publisher ebook sales 204,000
Amazon-Publishing Imprint ebook sales 115,000
Big Five Publisher ebook sales 244,000
Uncategorized Single-Author Publisher ebook sales 53,000

 

First off, for all the press that KU gets among indie writers, it does a very, very small part of things. For Indie and Small/Medium presses, we sell about half of all the titles. (Not counting KU.) That’s a stunner.

The Big Five, which includes all the major bestsellers at the top, only does about a quarter of all books sold. Wow, just wow. I would have guessed that to be a lot more since they get so much press as well.

Seems the press on both sides (for KU and for Big Five) is really overblown when looking at hard numbers.

— Hugh and Data Guy have really changed their tune now about indie authors doing paper books and audio books. Now they are suggesting in their summary that all indie authors do both as they can.

Kris and I have been shouting that all along, of course. Great to see the guys with the information and math skills finally come along and back us up.

So folks, this report is stunning. And I am sure each person will get something a little different out of it.

If you are serious about being a fiction writer in this modern world, this report every three months is a MUST READ.

Feel free to come back here and make comments about it.

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The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

(List shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish. And I am fairly certain this book will not end up as long as the words I have put into it. Normal for writing a puzzle mystery into the dark.)

Day 17.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 36,250 words.
Day 22.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 38,300 words.
Day 23.. 1,850 words.  Total words so far… 40,150 words.
Day 24.. 3,950 words.  Total words so far… 44,100 words.
Day 25.. 2,000 words.  Total words so far… 46,100 words.
Day 26.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 47,150 words.
Day 27.. 1,150 words.  Total words so far… 48,300 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 7, Day 8

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 871

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 4,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,400 words

— E-mail: 44 e-mails.  Approx. 3,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 178 e-mails. Approx. 9,300 words

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

Writers’ Meeting

 

WRITERS’ MEETING

Today turned out to be one of those special writers meetings. A bunch of professional writers always get together for lunch every Sunday, and since our favorite restaurant is in the process of moving, we are all brown bagging it up at WMG offices.

Today three professional writers from the valley showed up and joined all the regulars and strangely enough, the entire meeting was talking about writing and publishing for almost three hours. Wonderful fun.

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THE DAY

Made it to WMG around 1 p.m. and then talked writing until almost 5 p.m. Then to the store and then home to cook dinner. Then in here to do workshop assignments.

Also, at some point, I read ten stories for the upcoming anthology workshop and did about 800 words on the novel I’m not going to add in tonight.

Then I did a bunch of admin stuff to get ready for tomorrow, Monday, a crazy business day.

Then did the topic of the night.

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PATREON AND NEWSLETTER UPDATE

For those of you signed up for my newsletter, the first one will be out later this week, toward the end, and then regularly after that. I hope to make it worth your time to get it once a month or so.

Patreon supporters, (and Smith’s Monthly subscribers) I will have an issue of Smith’s Monthly headed your way soon. And then Heinlein’s Rules book and then right after that another issue of the magazine.  A bunch of reading this month. (grin)

As I slowly get the final parts on this blog in place over the next month, I’ll be firing up the free short stories here and also some of the other things I talked about at the start of the year.

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MARCH WORKSHOP LIST

All of the March online workshops below have openings.

Also note that in April the AUTHOR VOICE workshop will be starting and I am taking sign-ups for that as well. It’s going to be a great workshop. If you want to learn how to understand and recognize your own author voice, how to alter your voice depending on stories, or even write invisible voice, and a ton more, that workshop will be for you.

Remember, each regular online workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time during the week.

All workshops have openings.

Class #21… Mar 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #22… Mar 7th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Mar 7th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #24… Mar 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #25… Mar 8th … Character Development
Class #26… Mar 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Mar 8th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Mar 9th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Mar 9th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Mar 9th … Advanced Depth

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Audience Thoughts

See post above.

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The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

(List shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish. And I am fairly certain this book will not end up as long as the words I have put into it. Normal for writing a puzzle mystery into the dark.)

Day 17.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 36,250 words.
Day 22.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 38,300 words.
Day 23.. 1,850 words.  Total words so far… 40,150 words.
Day 24.. 3,950 words.  Total words so far… 44,100 words.
Day 25.. 2,000 words.  Total words so far… 46,100 words.
Day 26.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 47,150 words.
Day 27.. 1,150 words.  Total words so far… 48,300 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 7, Day 7

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 870

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 4,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 1,200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,500 words

— E-mail: 29 e-mails.  Approx. 2,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 134 e-mails. Approx. 6,200 words

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

Auction and Construction

 

A FUN DAY OF STUFF

Changed out very heavy fire doors, hung light fixtures, and so on today, then headed to the auction to buy stuff for the new store as well.

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THE DAY

Made it up to WMG offices early again today and worked on the new store stuff until about 4:30 when I went out to our first store. Then to the auction.

Found a few nifty things, including getting three great cookie jars.

Then home around 10 p.m. to do e-mail and a little writing and then some reading.

Actually managed 1,150 words tonight on the book. If I actually got back on my normal schedule, that count would triple easily.

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REGULAR CAT PICTURES

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Cheeps, our indoor feral cat is slowly gaining on calming down. He actually likes being petted at times and comes at certain times for pets.

I am picking him up for a few seconds every day to get him used to that. So far I have lost no blood. Knock on wood there. (grin)

He’s turning into a very sweet cat, slowly. Another year or so before he calms in completely.

Miss Ella, who was another rescue, is now a love after four years. She’s Kris’s cat almost completely. But she does love to pose for photos for me.

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The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

(List shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish. And I am fairly certain this book will not end up as long as the words I have put into it. Normal for writing a puzzle mystery into the dark.)

Day 17.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 36,250 words.
Day 22.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 38,300 words.
Day 23.. 1,850 words.  Total words so far… 40,150 words.
Day 24.. 3,950 words.  Total words so far… 44,100 words.
Day 25.. 2,000 words.  Total words so far… 46,100 words.
Day 26.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 47,150 words.
Day 27.. 1,150 words.  Total words so far… 48,300 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 7, Day 6

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 869

— Daily Fiction: 1,150 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 4,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,300 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails.  Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 105 e-mails. Approx. 4,100 words

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

Construction Day

 

CONSTRUCTION

Actually, a lot of destruction with the removal of a large wall in the new store. And all sorts of things like that. More to do tomorrow.

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THE DAY

Construction from way too early until 7 p.m., then cooked dinner, then did e-mail.

Then I actually wrote about 1,050 words. Then did a bunch of reading and watched television.

For those who wonder why I do these short posts that say nothing, it’s because I am keeping up the challenge of posting about my day and writing here. Day 868. How silly is that?

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March Online Workshops Starting Up

All of the March Online Workshops 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.

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NEW WORKSHOPS

We have two really cool new online workshops starting up over the next few months. The first, in March, is Advanced Character and Dialog. The Dialog workshop for short.

And the second in April is Author Voice.

I honestly, when we started this year, did not expect us to do new workshops for a time, and now we are doing two this spring. It will be really fun for me, since I learn a ton trying to put these together in a way that will make sense.

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The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

(List shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish. And I am fairly certain this book will not end up as long as the words I have put into it. Normal for writing a puzzle mystery into the dark.)

Day 17.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 36,250 words.
Day 22.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 38,300 words.
Day 23.. 1,850 words.  Total words so far… 40,150 words.
Day 24.. 3,950 words.  Total words so far… 44,100 words.
Day 25.. 2,000 words.  Total words so far… 46,100 words.
Day 26.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 47,150 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 7, Day 5

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 868

— Daily Fiction: 1,050 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 3,050 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,100 words

— E-mail: 10 e-mails.  Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 94 e-mails. Approx. 3,700 words

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

Big Move Day

 

BIG MOVE DAY

Spent all day, from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. working up at WMG publishing offices moving stuff with the movers and Josh to get the new store into place. Still months away, but we made huge progress this week.

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THE DAY

All moving, then e-mail when I got home and a nap. Kris did dinner and I watched a ton of television tonight to just rest.

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Marh Online Workshops Starting Up

All of the March Online Workshops 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.

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Topic of the Night: One Reader

Above this, me rambling about the differences in the two cultures of writing from when i started to now. I’ll get this out of my system pretty soon.

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The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

(List shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish. And I am fairly certain this book will not end up as long as the words I have put into it. Normal for writing a puzzle mystery into the dark.)

Day 17.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 36,250 words.
Day 22.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 38,300 words.
Day 23.. 1,850 words.  Total words so far… 40,150 words.
Day 24.. 3,950 words.  Total words so far… 44,100 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 7, Day 3

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 866

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

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

— Blog Posts: 1,700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 2,600 words

— E-mail: 13 e-mails.  Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 73 e-mails. Approx. 2,900 words

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

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Last Day on February Online Workshops

 

LAST DAY FOR FEBRUARY WORKSHOPS

Still time to jump into the workshops. One more day.

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THE DAY

Put it this way, lots of things went screwy today, but still got some work done and some steps and some manuscripts read.

And I got all the workshop assignments done and out.

So not the day I had planned, but still forward progress. I have to be up early tomorrow, so with luck I’ll get to writing tomorrow night.

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February Online Workshops Starting Now!!

All of the February 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 have openings.

Class #11… Feb 1st … Advanced Depth
Class #12… Feb 1st … Character Voice/Setting
Class #13… Feb 1st … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #14… Feb 1st … Ideas into Stories
Class #15… Feb 2nd … Character Development
Class #16… Feb 2nd … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Feb 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #18… Feb 3rd … Designing Covers
Class #19… Feb 3rd … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Feb 3rd … How to Write Science Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: Had Two Good Ones

They will be tomorrow and the next day. Too late in the evening tonight to do either of them justice considering when I have to get up.

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The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

(List shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish. And I am fairly certain this book will not end up as long as the words I have put into it. Normal for writing a puzzle mystery into the dark.)

Day 17.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 36,250 words.
Day 22.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 38,300 words.
Day 23.. 1,850 words.  Total words so far… 40,150 words.
Day 24.. 3,950 words.  Total words so far… 44,100 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 7, Day 2

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 866

— 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:900 words

— E-mail: 28 e-mails.  Approx. 1,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 60 e-mails. Approx. 2,500 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 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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Monday Fun And Same Topic

 

MONDAY FUN AND SAME TOPIC

First day of the month is also a Monday. Nothing good can come of that when you are the CFO of a business. (grin)

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THE DAY

Made it to the WMG offices by 4 p.m. after more errands than I care to think about or try to remember now. Monday errands.

Worked mostly on new store stuff. Got movers coming on Wednesday afternoon, so today and tomorrow will be getting ready for the movers to come in and shift things around one more time.

Building a new store from scratch in the middle of all the inventory is a real puzzle, and actually a lot of fun and work. We are still a couple of months away, but it feels like things are coming together.

Then home to cook dinner around 7 p.m., do e-mail, watch news for a while, then workshop assignments.

Got all that done around midnight, then went to get ready to start reading stories for the anthology workshop. Somewhere north of 250 stories to read this month, all by professional writers.  Going to be great fun.

By the time I got all that worked around (Kris has been printing them all off slowly), I went to watch some television, then back to reading. Finally got the number I wanted to read done about 2:30 a.m. Decided to call it a day and get some sleep.

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February Online Workshops Starting Now!!

All of the February 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 have openings.

Class #11… Feb 1st … Advanced Depth
Class #12… Feb 1st … Character Voice/Setting
Class #13… Feb 1st … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #14… Feb 1st … Ideas into Stories
Class #15… Feb 2nd … Character Development
Class #16… Feb 2nd … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Feb 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #18… Feb 3rd … Designing Covers
Class #19… Feb 3rd … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Feb 3rd … How to Write Science Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: Still On Same Topic

On and off over the last few months, I have talked here in these topics about the difficulty in perception of success in this new world compared to the old world.

What I have been struggling with is the very definition of success now in writing fiction and publishing. And how to even measure it in any real way.

For example: In the old world, success was measured in the early years of a career by winning the game with the gatekeepers. You wrote something and pounded on the doors enough that eventually some editor said, “Yes, your story is good enough and it fits what I was looking for.”

That was a success. And for the writers in the coming anthology workshop, I am sure that will still be a success when one of the editors wants to buy a story. Or if I want to buy one for the book I am editing. (I am a gatekeeper, yes.)

For years and years in the old days of building a career, the celebrations were based on the “selling” of a book. Success was the sale to one person. Readers in those days were just assumed. (Weird, but true.)

Then, after becoming a freelance writer, the success became staying a freelancer. That wasn’t as defined as a sale, but it had a real feeling about it that was measured by the year.

I was never one for measuring success by awards since I seldom was nominated for one and always lost them (with rare exceptions). The kinds of stuff I wrote didn’t get awards. Nature of media and ghost books. (grin)

Now here we are in this new world where writers are in a vast hurry and are measuring success (and more often failure) on a few sales to readers of just a few books. And how much money they can make from Amazon. But lacking any other measuring point, that’s logical I suppose. There are no gatekeepers to push against to feel the success of that win.

So money seems to be a logical way to measure things in this new world.

But there is where I also run into a problem from my past.

I wrote one book for $20,000 and it sold 1.7 million copies. I wrote another book for $30,000 and it sold just under 700 copies. And I got paid over $45,000 for writing yet another book that has never seen the light of day.

So which book was the most successful by using money as a measuring stick???

See why I am looking for more than just money to measure success in this new world.

So I have no answers yet, but this topic keeps coming up and I have a hunch I’m going to be doing more articles on it as this spring goes by, mulling this over, thinking of how to wrap an old mind around a new world.

But I can say this without a doubt. I am making more money now than I ever made in traditional publishing and I am happier by a long, long ways. But the happiness isn’t coming from the money, but from my ability to write what I want. The money is just following.

So more to come on this topic.

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The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

(List shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish. And I am fairly certain this book will not end up as long as the words I have put into it. Normal for writing a puzzle mystery into the dark.)

Day 17.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 36,250 words.
Day 22.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 38,300 words.
Day 23.. 1,850 words.  Total words so far… 40,150 words.
Day 24.. 3,950 words.  Total words so far… 44,100 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 7, Day 1 (Month totals reset)

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 865

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

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

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

— E-mail: 32 e-mails.  Approx. 1,400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 32 e-mails. Approx. 1,400 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 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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New Month Starting

 

NEW MONTH STARTING

Last night of January and I finally got the novel going again.

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THE DAY

Made it to the WMG store around 1 p.m., and worked there until the Sunday writer lunch at 2 p.m. Great conversations. Then back to work until around 6 p.m. on the new store when I headed to the grocery store and home to cook dinner.

Then got in here and got the assignments done by around 9 p.m.  Way early. So over to the writing chair I went and managed by 10 p.m. exactly 1,050 words.

Took a break, then by 11 p.m. I had another 1,100 words.

Some television on a break, then back in here a little after midnight to send off the anthology stories to all the editors and get all the writers coming to the coast anthology workshop their reading instructions.

Done with that around 1:30 a.m. and headed after a break back to my writing chair. One more session of 1,100 words by 2:30 a.m., took a break then one more session of 700 words before calling it a night.

3,950 words. Novel is back moving again. Feels great.

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February Online Workshops Starting Now!!

All of the February 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 have openings.

Class #11… Feb 1st … Advanced Depth
Class #12… Feb 1st … Character Voice/Setting
Class #13… Feb 1st … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #14… Feb 1st … Ideas into Stories
Class #15… Feb 2nd … Character Development
Class #16… Feb 2nd … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Feb 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #18… Feb 3rd … Designing Covers
Class #19… Feb 3rd … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Feb 3rd … How to Write Science Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: The Last Few Months

For those who just drop by and pay little attention except for topics of the night, I started Dead Hand back in November. That’s right, and it’s now February.

And that seems to be pretty standard for me in the dead of winter. By keeping track over the last few years of all this, the pattern is very clear. I don’t get much done in December and January.

And over the last three years I have come to hate December. Not because of the Christmas stuff, but because December just seems to be when everything jumps off the rails.

Now, am I really upset that a novel I started back in November is taking this long? Nope.

Folks, last year I wrote 15 books. I think I’m doing all right, and I expect this year to be about the same, maybe better.

So what about the short story challenge I started in January? Well, that is put on hold until July 1st. I was going to try to fight upstream on that in January to see if the challenge would motivate me enough to break the issues of the month, but nope, didn’t get a good start with only two stories and a couple other partial stories, then vacation, then got sick.

So tomorrow is another month.

I love how months just click along giving us all a day to restart. The problem most writers have is that they don’t use the first of the months to restart or recharge. I do.

For for me, I expect February to be a decent month. Not great because of focus on building the new store and on the big workshop coming up. But decent.

And then after the workshop I hope to restart again in March, with also just another decent month expected. In fact, I don’t expect any really big months ahead until May. Just too many distractions.

So what will February bring?

The first newsletter going out in a few days with some fun stuff. Two issues of Smith’s Monthly going out to subscribers plus Patreon supporters. Also, a special gift to my Patreon supporters.

I expect to be closer on getting the final book pages done on this site. Not all the way, but closer.

And I expect to have the app closer that I am playing with.

And I expect to start the free short stories in March here on this site, after the big workshop.

So looking ahead at a reset. Kind of fun and really fun to be back up and writing strongly on the latest Cold Poker Gang twisted mystery.

I hope you all made your goals in January and are resetting for February.

Onward.

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The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

(List shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish. And I am fairly certain this book will not end up as long as the words I have put into it. Normal for writing a puzzle mystery into the dark.)

Day 17.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 36,250 words.
Day 22.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 38,300 words.
Day 23.. 1,850 words.  Total words so far… 40,150 words.
Day 24.. 3,950 words.  Total words so far… 44,100 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 6, Day 31

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 864

— Daily Fiction: 3,950 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,200 words 

— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,400 words

— E-mail: 27 e-mails.  (not counting letters to workshop folks) Approx. 1,900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 586 e-mails. Approx. 25,800 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 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.

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