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I Got A Letter

I Got A Letter

I got a very interesting letter from a writer today asking about why his sales were not happening. He blamed the stupidity of the readers. Not kidding. See topic of the night above on what I said and his response. And a bunch of things you can do to get more readers.

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The Day

Made it out to do a ton of errands, then back to WMG Publishing to work on stuff there. Also had a good conversation with a couple of professional writers who stopped by.

Then home to cook dinner, then did some of the assignments, then went to watch the last of the Blazer playoff game. (Sat with the new cat and she watched the game as well.)

Then back to finish up the online workshop assignments for not only today but for tomorrow, since tomorrow’s assignments were all in as well.

Got to be up early tomorrow, so no writing tonight.

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Topic of the Night: Blaming the Reader

See post above…

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 25

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 950

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 1,000 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,300 words

— E-mail: 35 e-mails. Approx. 2,900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 506 e-mails. Approx. 34,700 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 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.)

Friday Placeholder

Friday Placeholder

Fun Friday with the romance workshop going on here. But mostly this blog is because I have gone over 900 days without missing a day.

Lost Cat Update: The little kitten has found a home with one of the writers and will be heading to Seattle on Sunday, which is wonderful. She got a bath today and seemed to love it. And she’s had dozens of writers come visit her.

She loves people.

She’s still weak from starving and is having some issues, but she’s on the road to recovery, which is amazing considering she was within hours of dying.

So all good there.

We moved the last display case into the new store into the jewelry area. There are eleven display cases in the store.

Today, besides that and the workshop people coming and going and the cat downstairs needing attention and regular WMG Publishing business, the following happened.

— All the books in the bookstore section of the store are being priced by Billy, the WMG Sales Manager. (Billy used to manage a major bookstore.)

— The comics in the comic side of the store are being sorted and getting ready to price by Josh, the new store manager. (A comics expert.)

— And I’m working on the toys and ornate boxes, and the tons of other items we have. Things are slowly finding homes around the store.

We are firing at opening on May 25th, so we’ll see how that goes, but Memorial Day weekend is a big one here on the coast and it would be fun to be open by then. We still need two huge wall racks. In one room the wall will be for mint-in-package toys and in another room the rack for mint-in-package Hot Wheels.

I am also filling the dollar wall of loose Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars. That’s right, we have a huge wall of just loose die-cast cars.

So this is a bookstore, a comic store, a jewelry store, and a toy store all combined. Fantastic fun.

I’ll have pictures as we get closer to opening.

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Topic of the Night: Nope

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 22

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 947

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,000 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 416 e-mails. Approx. 28,300 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 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.)

Two Fun Things Today

Two Fun Things Today

First off, Michael La Ronn, who does a nifty new video site called AuthorLevelUp at www.authorlevelup.com did a review of one of our online workshops he took.

Now normally I pay no attention to reviews, good or bad, and Michael knows that, but the youtube video he did was so professional and positive, I thought I would share it here for those of you wondering if these online workshops I talk about are worth it. Michael took some and thinks so, and we didn’t even know he was going to do this.

Also, some of his other videos to help writers look pretty interesting and looks like he’s going to be doing more as time goes on. Thanks, Michael.

The other fun thing today started out as an interesting stressful way to wake up.

I was in the shower when Kris came in and said she needed my help at once. (Well, not possible, so I made her take a deep breath and just wait for me to get out, dry off, get dressed and so on.)

Seems a stray cat we had seen for a few weeks sort of slinking around the yard trying to avoid our feral outdoor cat named Toughie was now on the porch.

And so was Toughie and both of them were shouting at the top of their lungs for food. Seems she had managed to get Toughie to work for her.

Seems the little girl kitty was on the edge of dying of hunger. Seriously. And she had just given up and came up for help. She was a mess.

So we got her some food and she started eating. After a minute, I just carefully wrapped her in a towel and got her into a carrier, put more food in with her, and headed for the vet.

She talked to me the entire way.

They got her a lot more food, some fluids through tubes, and tested her for everything. Clearly a former indoor cat, middle-aged, and near death from hunger and dehydration. And no chip.

Clearly she had been loved by someone for a very long time. And she loves people.

So around five I headed back to the vet to get her. Four hundred bucks later I got her in our offices at WMG with lots of food, cat box, and water. Allyson took a picture of her for Facebook to see if she was lost and someone would see it. The vet searched all the data bases in the area for a reported lost cat without luck.

So unless one of the writers at the romance workshop that is going on right now at WMG takes her home, or if we happen to find her owners, looks like WMG for the moment has an office cat. Not the best place for a cat, but better than her starving.

And yes, she is as tiny as she looks in the picture. About four pounds.

New lost Kitty

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Topic of the Night: Nothing again tonight

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 21

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 945

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,700 words

— E-mail: 10 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 404 e-mails. Approx. 28,000 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 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.)

The Day on Jury Duty

The Day on Jury Duty

Up this morning at 7 a.m., only a couple hours after going to bed. That doesn’t mess with your brain and body, nothing will. And who knew there were that many people up at that ungodly hour. And driving! Yikes.(grin)

So I made it to Newport south of here about 40 minutes on time. It was a cold, foggy drive. Or the fog might have been over my eyes, but I am claiming it was real fog.

I got through the courthouse security and got my jury badge.

8:25 a.m. Big old clock on the wall told me. The thing had to be five feet in diameter. Dominated the main part of the lobby.

The lobby and hallway of the old courthouse is old, meaning 1940s or so, and I ended up standing against a wall (all seats were gone). Big trial I guess since there were 63 of us, the clerk told us later. A lot of bodies packed into a small area.

Lots of public notice posters everywhere on the walls along with a dozen ways to get an attorney. I figured that if you were in that lobby and needed to read a sign to get an attorney, you were screwed something awful.

Most of the people there were heavier than I am by a ways (I feared for a few of the tiny plastic chairs), but I was one of the oldest. Maybe the oldest. I made a note to myself to see if there was an age limit on getting out of jury trials.

And almost everyone, including me at times, stared blankly at our phones. Two people had paper books. No tablets to be seen or ebook devices.

Just phones and two lonely paperbacks. I had brought along a blank notebook. Blank fit my brain at that time of the night for me.

So we all waited.

And then waited some more, even though the promise was to start at 9 a.m.

One hour later they called fourteen jurors by name into the courtroom and then had the rest of us follow in who weren’t called.

Not enough room, so twenty of us were left in the lobby.

I went back to standing near the big clock and staring blankly at my phone.

It still wasn’t technically the middle of my night yet. I have no idea if it was foggy outside, still, but it was in the lobby.

Thirty minutes later a bunch left from inside the courtroom, all looking pleased, clearly excused by the judge because they couldn’t stay for a multiple-day trial.

Amazing how a dismissed juror can smile like they just won a lot of money in some lottery.

The clerk of the court called the rest of us in. Four of us ended up standing against the wall in the back. Judge didn’t like that, so back out into the hall the four of us went.

Banished.

I figured I could write the saga of the unwanted juror. But as Kris said, Christie wrote that story about ten indians or something. That’s what it felt like. Four of us left behind, the big clock on the wall ticking.

I went to pacing. My phone was too boring.

I was 10 a.m.

I tried to keep myself from looking at the big clock as I paced past, but always failed.

One hour later a clerk came out, called us by name, and dismissed us because the judge felt bad we had been waiting in the hall the entire time and clearly we were not needed.

Ahh, the fun of jury duty. I had been sequestered in that hall for two-and-a-half hours.

I made it home exactly 4.5 hours after I had left the house. I would still not have been up yet on a normal day.

I get $10 for that.

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MAY ONLINE WORKSHOPS

There are two new online workshops starting in May. The Business of Fiction Writing and Writing Fiction Sales Copy. 

And yes, Writing Fiction Sales Copy is very, very, very different from the old pitches and blurbs workshop, which we offered for the last time in March. It will be deleted at the beginning of May.

All regular workshops are now limited only to 5 writers each class except for the two new workshops. Those are limited to 12 writers for May.

Class #41… May 2nd … Author Voice
Class #42… May 2nd … How to Write Thrillers
Class #43… May 2nd … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #44… May 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #45… May 3rd … Character Development
Class #46… May 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… May 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… May 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #49… May 4th … The Business of Writing (New!)
Class #50… May 4th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy (New!)

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: Some nifty comments from King from his book

See above.

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 18

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 942

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 22,050 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,000 words

— E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 1,200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 383 e-mails. Approx. 27,100 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 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.)

Jury Duty

Jury Duty

I’ve been on jury duty all month, but it has very little impact on my life, other than at times having to get up early. I mean real early, like 7 a.m., (like a normal person going to bed at 11 p.m. and getting up at midnight to stay up) so the impact is on my writing the night before.

I doubt I’ll be on a jury this time around. Never have been, and I honestly don’t try to get off of them, I just am not the kind of person any sane person wants on a jury. The three years of law school has a lot to do with that in the past. Also, the years of tending bar in any kind of case with drunk driving or things like that tend to get me sent down the road away from the jury box.

And being a mystery writer doesn’t help either.

So big criminal trial tomorrow. We shall see, but no sane lawyer would want me on the jury. But I can always hope for a really stupid lawyer, which there are a number of, especially in small towns like this one.

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MAY ONLINE WORKSHOPS

There are two new online workshops starting in May. The Business of Fiction Writing and Writing Fiction Sales Copy. 

And yes, Writing Fiction Sales Copy is very, very, very different from the old pitches and blurbs workshop, which we offered for the last time in March. It will be deleted at the beginning of May.

All regular workshops are now limited only to 5 writers each class except for the two new workshops. Those are limited to 12 writers for May.

Class #41… May 2nd … Author Voice
Class #42… May 2nd … How to Write Thrillers
Class #43… May 2nd … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #44… May 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #45… May 3rd … Character Development
Class #46… May 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… May 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… May 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #49… May 4th … The Business of Writing (New!)
Class #50… May 4th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy (New!)

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: Some hints on keeping the writing alive…

The comments on the topic yesterday have been great and I really love how numbers of people are using the small word count per day to stay focused in rough times. That’s way cool. Thanks for the comments, everyone.

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 18

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 942

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 22,050 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,400 words

— E-mail:24 e-mails. Approx. 1,500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 367 e-mails. Approx. 25,900 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 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.)

 

Quick Trip And More Taxes

Quick Trip

Took a quick trip into the valley today and spent over two hours there tearing down a nifty display so that I could bring it back for the new store.

A lot of work, but fun. Now I just have to figure out how to put it back together again. (grin)

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MAY ONLINE WORKSHOPS

There are two new online workshops starting in May. The Business of Writing and Writing Fiction Sales Copy.

And yes, Writing Fiction Sales Copy is very, very, very different from the old pitches and blurbs workshop, which we offered for the last time in March. It will be deleted at the beginning of May.

All regular workshops are now limited only to 5 writers each class except for the two new workshops. Those are limited to 12 writers for May.

Class #41… May 2nd … Author Voice
Class #42… May 2nd … How to Write Thrillers
Class #43… May 2nd … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #44… May 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #45… May 3rd … Character Development
Class #46… May 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… May 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… May 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #49… May 4th … The Business of Writing (New!)
Class #50… May 4th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy (New!)

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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The Day

Stopped in the WMG office around 2:30 on the way out of town to get some tools. Then made it over to Salem by 4 p.m.

It took me well over two hours to tear down this fantastic display. It stood about eight feet tall, twelve feet wide, and about three feet deep. At one point I was standing inside it trying to take it apart around me.

I managed to get all the parts I wanted from it in my van, grabbed some lunch and headed home.

I got home in time to do a little e-mail and then cook dinner after dropping the display up at the new store.

A long nap, then two sessions of 1,100 and 1,050 words before tossing in the towel on the novel. 2,150 words. Not bad considering the day.

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Topic of the Night: Taxes Are Boring

I have discovered once again (after last night’s post) that taxes and talking business and corporations is very dull to most people right up to the moment they realize they have to write a very large check.

It’s sort of like estates. You’ll get around to that will and estate planning (you keep saying) and then one day you find yourself in a mess dealing with a family member or a friend (as I did) who didn’t have a decent will.

Well, with taxes and corporations, it never really dawns on any writer to learn it until the tax checks get big and then they are scrambling. I think this stems from the belief that you can never make any money with your writing, so why worry about it?

Right? I bet a few of you who read my post last night thought that very thing. (grin)

Planning for success is a difficult thing to do. I have had three conversations with our accountant that I paid for planning for what we can do if say a half-million hit an account one day, direct deposit. (You don’t think that can happen, you have lost your mind, folks. That’s pocket change for Hollywood and all of you are writing stories that Hollywood might want. A half-million is a small number in some cases.)

I honestly don’t want to pay the governments (feds and state) 40% or more of that kind of money when it happens. I want to protect most of it from taxes legally and still be able to use it.

Not possible you say? Well, with that belief, you are right. But it is possible.

Kris and I have numbers of projects in the mix in Hollywood and with other movie and television folk, and more seem to spring up every day. The fun of this new world and we don’t have an agent stopping them anymore now.

So we plan for that kind of instant cash hitting an account.

And we plan for the solid growth of our businesses as well as has been happening.

And as I said last night, we legally do what we can to pay as little taxes as possible. Because we like keeping the money in our control. It really is that simple.

But I know, saving money and not writing big checks to the government is a boring topic. So onward.

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 15

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 939

— Daily Fiction: 2,150 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 19,850 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,200 words

— E-mail: 10 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 299 e-mails. Approx. 21,200 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 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.)

Taxes and Other Fun Business Stuff

Taxes and Other Fun Business Stuff

Here in the States it is tax time. And I know so many writers who are just paying more than they need to pay in taxes because they either don’t know any better, are afraid not to learn tax deductions, or haven’t taken the time to learn the business of publishing yet.

Kind of sad, actually. See the topic below.

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MAY ONLINE WORKSHOPS

There are two new ones starting in May. The Business of Writing and Writing Fiction Sales Copy.

And yes, Writing Fiction Sales Copy is very, very, very different from the old pitches and blurbs workshop, which we offered for the last time in March. It will be deleted at the beginning of May.

All regular workshops are now limited only to 5 writers each class except for the two new workshops. Those are limited to 12 writers for May.

Class #41… May 2nd … Author Voice
Class #42… May 2nd … How to Write Thrillers
Class #43… May 2nd … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #44… May 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #45… May 3rd … Character Development
Class #46… May 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… May 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… May 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #49… May 4th … The Business of Writing (New!)
Class #50… May 4th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy (New!)

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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The Day

Thursday was mostly focused on running errands, walking and getting in my 10,000 steps for the day, and then writing.

I got done cooking dinner around 8 p.m. and made it into this office around 9:30 to finish up some e-mail and get to writing on the novel Death Takes a Partner.

I managed 1,100 words by 11 p.m.

Short break. Then got another 800 words before going to watch some television.

Back up here around 1:30 a.m. and did another 1,100 words by 2:30 a.m.

Short break, then 1,200 more words by 3:30 a.m.

So a total of 4,200 words today on the book. Moving right along. I might have done one more session but sort of got stuck and decided to sleep on it.

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Topic of the Night: Taxes and Other Fun Business Stuff

I actually like the challenge of taxes and business in publishing. I really do. And I like copyright, so I guess I am a publishing business geek.

Sort of a well-duh, huh?.

I didn’t always like any of those three things in any real form. But I decided they were fun as I started in learning them and that attitude helped me learn even more.

Here is the thing I see over and over and over among writers, sadly.

I see writers spending a ton of time working to get a few more sales through hours of promotions. All great. I am doing more and more of that myself.

But then a high percentage of every dollar the writer makes they give to the government in taxes. They take almost no allowed deductions, have no idea how to structure a business to help with the taxes, or even what a tax rate might be.

Now I am not a tax accountant or attorney and will not answer direct questions here about deductions or things like that. But I can tell you that as a person with a writing business, you need to learn them. And a ton more.

Simple things like when is your income level right for forming a corporation for your writing… And why would you do that?

When can your company buy you (or lease you) a car to use and what are the rules of use of that car? What would be the advantage to doing that?

Do you know what a corporation really is? How it can help you? And when?

Can you even imagine spending money for health, car, and many other things before you have paid tax on that money.

Do you know what depreciation even is, let alone how you could use it and on what and when.

That’s just a few basics, folks.

How much money can you save?

Well, that depends on a ton of factors, but the answer is a lot, if you know taxes and corporations as your income grows. Yes, you will spend some money on an attorney and a good accountant, but the money you save as you learn will more than pay for those small expenses.

I have some basic solid rules about taxes that I follow.

1… Never cheat. Ever. Not sleeping at night is not worth the money saved.

2… Keep every receipt and records the tax folks want, and then a little more. If you are keeping good track of your writing business anyway, you are more than likely fine on this. (Kris and I have been full-audited twice over the years, once because we traveled too much one year which is a trigger. Both times our fantastic record-keeping quickly sent us down the road away from the auditor without an issue.)

3… Take every legal deduction you can find. The key is you have to learn these and there is the problem most writers have.

4… Structure your business at certain points of income growth so that you use business law and rules to help you save even more.

I feel bad for writers who have to write large checks to the government. Sure, it means you are making money with your writing, but it also means that you are doing a bunch of things really wrong. Writing is a business. Treat it like one and a lot of that money from extra promotion will stay in your account every year.

And, of course, some writers are just deathly afraid of the tax folks, fearing an audit, even though they keep fantastic records and do everything right. If you have that fear, get a good accountant who knows and works for other artists, from musicians to painters to writers. Let the accountant advise you. And then start working to get past the fear.

You honestly have nothing to fear at all if you don’t cheat and you keep good records.

In the new Business of Fiction Writing Workshop starting in May, Kris and I will cover a lot of this, from corporations to taxes and so on. Everything we can as non-lawyers or accountants. That workshop will tell you what to learn, where to find help, and most of all make you realize you need help in some areas to save money.

Too late to save money on taxes this year. But if your income is growing or you just wrote a large tax check, time to start learning for the tax year of 2016. Because if you don’t learn, that check every year will just get bigger and bigger and will make it harder and harder to make a living with your writing.

Can’t live off of money you keep sending to the government.

(Note: Again I want to repeat I am not an accountant or a tax lawyer so I will not answer specific questions on things like deductions. But I can talk in general about business structures and when to get help and how to get it. And no, I will not recommend good tax accountants or attorney here. Do your research, folks.)

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 14

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 938

— Daily Fiction: 4,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 17,700 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 1,100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,600 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 289 e-mails. Approx. 20,700 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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De Plane! De Plane!

De Plane! De Plane!

Ahhh, the immortal words of Tattoo on Fantasy Island.

And that just went past everyone younger than fifty I am sure. (grin)

The point is that I was asked about a wonderful visual I used to use in my office with planes representing book projects. I’ll explain it in the topic of the night below.

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MAY ONLINE WORKSHOPS

There are two new ones starting in May. The Business of Writing and Writing Fiction Sales Copy.

And yes, Writing Fiction Sales Copy is very, very, very different from the old pitches and blurbs workshop, which we offered for the last time in March. It will be deleted at the beginning of May.

All regular workshops are now limited only to 5 writers each class except for the two new workshops. Those are limited to 12 writers for May.

Class #41… May 2nd … Author Voice
Class #42… May 2nd … How to Write Thrillers
Class #43… May 2nd … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #44… May 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #45… May 3rd … Character Development
Class #46… May 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… May 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… May 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #49… May 4th … The Business of Writing (New!)
Class #50… May 4th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy (New!)

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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The Day

Wednesday is meeting day, so made it to the WMG office by 1:30 and then to the meeting by 2 p.m. Then back to WMG to work on stuff in the new store.

And I also did the Smith’s Monthly cover for the new novel I started yesterday. That is below.

Home to cook dinner at 7 p.m., then did e-mail until around 9 p.m.  Then a nap, then read Kris’s new blog (really good) and then went to the new novel around 11:15 p.m..

I did about 900 words before I went to watch television at midnight.

Back at 1:30 a.m. and got another 1,200 words done by 2:15 a.m.

Short break, back for another 1,150 words by 3 a.m.

Another short break, another 1,250 words by 4 a.m.

So got 4,400 words for the night. Good second day, ramping up.

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Topic of the Night: De Plane! De Plane!

Somewhere back in the mists of time, when Kris and I and Keven J. Anderson and Dave Farland and all the rest of our group were young novelists, Kevin said something along the lines that his novels felt like planes lined up on a runway ready to take off.

That metaphor (or image) really stuck with me.

At the time I was just starting to really power at media books and had contracts to do six or seven books. And I honestly was having troubles remembering all the books I had to write under contract, let alone the ones I wanted to write.

So I went to a magazine and found an image of a private jet sitting on a runway. The image was from the side. I went down to my local copy shop and copied the image, then blew it up so the plane was about ten inches long and five inches high.

Then I whited out the windows on the side and made a stack of copies and cut out the planes. (That was work, let me tell you. (grin))

So basically I had a bunch of paper planes with a big white space on the side.

I wrote in big block letters on the side of the plane the name of a novel I had under contract, but hadn’t started yet and put it up near my ceiling in my office. (Leaving on the wheels.)

I did that with all my contracted novels and then all the novels I hoped to write some day when I found the time.

It filled one entire wall of my office along the ceiling. They really did look like planes lined up ready to take off.

Then I cut the wheels off of one and taped it on another wall near the ceiling with the name of the novel I was working on. I pointed the nose of the jet upward, indicating it was climbing to altitude.

Then I took the last five novels I had just finished, but were not published yet, cut off the wheels on those and pasted them in level flight on another wall.

So three walls of paper planes around the office. Those waiting on the runway to take off, one plane taking off, and the planes in flight but not published yet.

When a book was finished, it moved to the inflight wall. When published, I took the plane down. And when I started a  new book, I cut the wheels off and put it on the inflight wall.

I remember that the written (but not published) wall at one point had twelve novels in flight, all sold, all written, none published yet. (That was how much faster I could write than traditional publishing could publish my books.)

And at my worst I had nine books under contract and another dozen planes behind those lined up on the runway.

It was an amazingly simple and a very, very clear way to keep track of a massive amount of writing and books and projects.

I, of course, kept track of the projects and books in other ways, but every day when I walked into my office I knew at a glance where I was in my projects.

Simple cut-out paper airplanes with a novel’s name in big letters on it.

What would have been interesting with being all caught up with projects that I mentioned yesterday was that there would have been, until yesterday, no planes waiting to take off, none climbing to altitude, and only about three in the air waiting for publication.

I’m thinking I might fire back up this system, add in all book projects including the Smith’s Monthly Magazine and a new collection series I’ve been hoping to start.

Might help me in this new world to keep things straight once again.

Why do I need to keep things straight? Well, let me tell you a secret that shouldn’t be a secret, but I haven’t mentioned it yet.

In March I had 37 books hit print.

Yeah, that is not a typo.

37 books. 32 of them were the individual short stories from Stories from July are all up now standalone. One was Smith’s Monthly, another was a novel, one was a nonfiction book, and one was a novella.

And two other projects hit audio for the first time in March as well.

I think I need the planes just to keep track of my major work.

Why do I think this worked for me?

Well, it let me focus on the plane climbing to altitude, it let me clearly see other projects and not forget some of them or let them slip away. And the publication wall was great fun, letting me see how much I had accomplished.

In this new indie world, I think I might have a fourth wall of planes in the air and in promotion over the first year of book’s life. That would be all kinds of cool as well.

The planes around my ceiling in my writing office gave me lots of fun for a very long time and the only reason I stopped the habit was because I moved offices.

So as Mr. Roarke used to say, “Smiles everyone, smiles.”

Keep having fun.

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 13

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 937

— Daily Fiction: 4,400 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 13,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 1,100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,500 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 278 e-mails. Approx. 20,200 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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Choices! Nothing But Choices…

Choices…

At Sunday lunch with the writers, I mentioned that I had cleared the decks of all the novels I really wanted to write. One of the great benefits of writing a novel per month for thirty months or so.

Well, that was a silly thing for me to say. See the Topic of the Night below for what happened today.

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Science Fiction Workshop has gone classic.

As I said last night with the announcement of the new business workshop, the science fiction workshop is now classic, which means you can sign up and take it at any time you want, as fast or as slow as you want.

Also, anyone who took the workshop in the past as a regular workshop can write me and get the password to go over it as many more times as you want.

Sign-up information for the classic Science Fiction Workshop and the two new business workshops starting in May under the Online Workshops tab above.

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MAY ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Limited only to 5 writers each class except for the two new workshops. Those are limited to 12 writers for May.

Class #41… May 2nd … Author Voice
Class #42… May 2nd … How to Write Thrillers
Class #43… May 2nd … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #44… May 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #45… May 3rd … Character Development
Class #46… May 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… May 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… May 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #49… May 4th … The Business of Writing (New!)
Class #50… May 4th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy (New!)

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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The Day

Tuesday, which turned out to be a pretty standard Tuesday until I got to the writing. See below.

Got out of here around 2:30 and ran errands, then got to WMG and worked and talked there for a time until the three of us went out walking for exercise. (And yes, got my 10,000 steps.)

Then back to work a little in the new store and I did some spread covers on some Smith’s Monthly magazines with new covers, then home to take a nap and cook dinner.

Then in here to do the last of the workshop assignments, getting that done around 11:30 p.m.

I went downstairs to watch The Voice and got back in here around 1:30 a.m.

Ended up getting 2,100 words done on a new novel. Decent start.

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Topic of the Night: Choices

For years and years and years, I had a bunch of novels I always thought would be fun to write and never got to them. That’s standard for every long-term professional writer I know, actually.

Actually, all writers.

Always more projects than time will allow.

None of them were outlined or anything silly like that, just general ideas of a direction to go.

But it seems that writing thirty novels in about thirty months will clear out the backlog.

I found myself on Sunday talking with other writers about not really even knowing where I wanted to go next. No backlog, nothing really knocking at the door to be next, and it felt weird, really weird.

So tonight, I was sort of wondering which way I wanted to go and I remembered that Allyson at WMG had suggested I write the novel from two short stories I had in Stories From July.

And Kris really wants me to write more of the Captain Brian Saber stories and novels, but I have no interest in that at the moment.

And I realized I had started another series about comedians  solving crimes in Stories from July and I wanted to do that, sort of.

And then, to make matters worse, I run across a really fun fact about deaths in Las Vegas hotels and figured that would kick off a nifty Cold Poker Gang novel.

And then I realized I had two different Seeders novels that would be fun to write.

And suddenly I found myself with four or five or six novels all saying, “Go this way…”

My slight few days of backlog-free moments had vanished by me simply telling my creative voice it was free to go where it wanted.

Yikes!

So I went from the idea that tonight I would just sit down with a title and see what happened to suddenly being pounded on making a decision as to what to write and what would be fun.

Well, my creative voice ended up shouting it would be fun to write a story jumping from the two Mary Jo Assassin stories in Stories from July.

Looking at the short stories, I figured it would be fun to hark back to the old titles of hard-boiled mysteries from the past and came up with the title Death Takes a Partner.

I copied the two short stories into a file on my writing computer for reference and then fired up. Two sessions later I had 2,100 brand new words on a brand new novel in a brand new series.

And all the other novels are now standing in the wings, tapping their metaphorical feet, waiting for me to get this one done as soon as possible.

Feels good to have a backlog again.

Thank you, creative voice.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 12

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 936

— Daily Fiction: 2,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 9,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,400 words

— E-mail: 28 e-mails. Approx. 2,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 264 e-mails. Approx. 19,300 words

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

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Clean Copy

Clean Copy

Tonight I was running through The Idanha Hotel to put in the corrections Kris had found on her read, at least the ones I agreed with.

That was the book I wrote in seven days last week, remember?

Well, this time through I agreed with all of her corrections, mostly just typos, and what was even more interesting, this was the cleanest manuscript I have had in a very long time.

I normally do clean copy in my one draft, but this was noticeably cleaner. Kris only found about one typo every six or seven manuscript pages, and sometimes there would be no typos in numbers of chapters. Took me all of thirty minutes to do what many would call a second draft. (grin)

Now interesting. Seven days to write the book, the cleanest copy I have done. Hmmm, guess getting out of my own way and letting my creative voice drive completely not only allows me to write workable novels, but clean novels as well. Go figure.

Myths die hard, don’t they?

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MAY ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Limited only to 5 writers each class.

Class #41… May 2nd … Author Voice
Class #42… May 2nd … How to Write Thrillers
Class #43… May 2nd … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #44… May 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #45… May 3rd … Character Development
Class #46… May 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… May 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… May 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #49… May 4th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #50… May 4th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy (NEW!)

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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The Day

Writers lunch at 2 p.m. up at WMG offices, then I worked on workshop stuff until about 7:30 and then went to the store and then home by 8 p.m.

I cooked dinner, then got in here to do workshop assignments. Crossover week between March and April workshops, so took a bunch of time.

I did a nap in the middle somewhere, finished around 1 a.m.

Watched some television, then back in here around 2:30 a.m. to start a novel but instead decided to do the corrections in the last book and work on getting that issue of Smith’s Monthly ready to turn into WMG.

So after doing that and working a little on an introduction and looking for short stories to put in, the night was gone.

Tomorrow I’ll finish up the Smith’s Monthly and then get started on a new novel.

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Topic of the Night: Clean Copy

Nothing really except for the interesting fact that the seven day novel was my cleanest copy ever. Go figure. Clearly my being surprised at that means I had another expectation, huh?

Even with me, the myths for some things remain deep and I just cleared out that old myth now as well.

But caution, folks. Don’t go telling any of the hard-myth believers that writing fast actually means writing cleaner and with fewer mistakes. That is so against what they were all taught in English classes in school, it would be like insulting their 10th Grade English Teacher.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 10

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 934

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 7,000 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,900 words

— E-mail:39 e-mails. Approx. 3,700 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 204 e-mails. Approx. 14,100 words

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

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Class #44… May 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #45… May 3rd … Character Development
Class #46… May 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… May 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… May 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #49… May 4th … The Business of Writing
Class #50... May 4th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy

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Class #52… June 6th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #53… June 6th … Author Voice
Class #54… June 6th … Ideas into Stories
Class #55… June 7th … Character Development
Class #56… June 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… June 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #58… June 8th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
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Class #60… June 8th … Advanced Depth

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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 … Writing Fiction Sales Copy

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 … Character Development
Class #16… Aug 9th … Depth in Writing
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