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Workshop Day

Workshop Day

Still pretty tired from the schedule getting screwed up yesterday with jury duty, so spent the day doing workshop stuff.

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The Day

Nothing really much to talk about. Introduced our cleaning person to the new cat, then headed to the WMG offices to work on workshop stuff. Had lunch with Kris, then more workshop stuff.

Home for dinner around 7 p.m. and then I watched the Blazer game with the new cat on my lap. Then I took a nap, watched more television, worked on more workshop stuff, and am now going to call it a night.

Got stuff accomplished, just nothing exciting. (grin)

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Workshops

May Online workshops are starting next Monday.

That’s right, May 1st is Sunday. Workshops start on Tuesday. And still room in both new workshops that are starting in May, plus the Author Voice workshop that started last month and the Dialog workshop that started the month before.

I am sort of surprised at times how good a list of workshops we have right now.

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Topic of the Night: Did three this week. 

Enough for now.

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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 27

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 952

— 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: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,000 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 529 e-mails. Approx. 35,800 words

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

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Topic of the Night: How I Organize What I Do

Organization

I got a request that I talk about how I keep my writing and business organized. I’ve been meaning to do this post for a time, but haven’t gotten to it, so figured why not tonight.

So thanks for the suggestion. Pushed me over the edge.

Also what pushed me over the edge was at a little after eight this morning I was going through security scanning to get into the courthouse for jury duty and I had to empty out my pockets. The guard looked at me very strangely when I dumped into the dish seven different thumb drives.

I will explain why below.

Publishing Business Organization

First off, I need to mention that a much more organized person than me, Allyson Longueira, the publisher of WMG Publishing, did an 8 video lecture called “Organization.” In the lecture she talks about how to keep your publishing business organized, from all the blurbs to different files and so on.

If you are not organized with all the parts that need to go into a book, it will cost you valuable time. Not counting keeping track of the art you have used and the copyright with that. A critical thing to be organized about.

Trust me, folks, worth the $50 to listen to how Allyson does it.

Link for how to sign up for that is… http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/lecture-series/

Business Accounting Organization

In the online The Business of Writing workshop that is starting in May, there is a pretty good section on how to keep the money and accounting organized to help you make money and save money on taxes and so on.

So also not going to talk about that here. The organization of your business accounting is a more complex issue that you need the workshop for I’m afraid.

How I Organize My Writing

Everyone will be different here, and everyone will think their way is the best way. I’m fine with that because I know my way isn’t the best way to organize anything. I am sort of a combination of old school and new world, all mixed with a bad spoon.

But it works for me.

I will not talk here about how Allyson keeps all the files for publishing together. I had a way to do it when I started putting stories up, but my system broke down at over 200 stories and Allyson fixed it and does it her way now, which is a ton better. That’s in the lecture. So I’m just talking about my writing here in my writing office.

So starting at the foundation for my writing, I have a dedicated writing computer.

On that computer is a file folder that says, “Dean’s Writing” as the title. It is the only file folder on the computer.

Inside that folder I have folders for every novel and most short stories I have written.

So inside any novel folder I will have three or four files when I did save-as on the Word file and changed the name on the file. And one file that says the novel name and the word “final” after the title.

I keep the view in “folder” and I color code the folders in colors for active, old, and dead. And since I work in folder view, I line up series folders and put dead stuff down in the lower corner.

Then, when done with a writing session, I put in a thumb drive and download the entire “Dean’s Writing” file to the thumb drive.

That’s right, the entire thing, everything I have written on a computer. (That download takes a little time, so I tend to do it as I head to bed.)

Then I take that thumb drive the next day and put it in my pocket. And the thumb drives from my pocket get stashed in my car, in my office at WMG, and so on. I tend to cycle them around.

That’s why I had seven of them in my pocket this morning.

In other words, all of my writing is backed up off-site on multiple drives all the time and I always have from five to eight thumb drives on me at any point with all of my writing on each drive. (I lost all my writing in a house fire. You do that, you go to simple, but effective ways to back up off site.)

And if you trust the cloud, well, you might want to actually learn what “the cloud” really is. Just saying. However, on some services now the TOS problems have gone away, but not the overall problem of what the cloud really is.

Paper Copies

When I am done with a story or novel, I move it over to this internet computer and save it onto the computer. Then I print out a hard copy of the manuscript that I give Kris to read.

So I have a paper copy of everything as well as having the file on two computers and many thumb drives.

Once I put in any corrections from the paper copy, it gets put on a stack on my file cabinets. Two stacks there right now over three feet tall each, waiting to be filed at some point.

My paper short story files are in my office here, my novel files are all in our wine room in our basement in file cabinets there.

On my internet computer, I put the novels in the appropriate Smith’s Monthly folder (again in Folder view) and the short story in the appropriate folder as well.

Across the bottom of my screen (remember, I use huge Mac computers with second screens) I have the short story folders labeled Stories A-D, Stories E-J, and so on, sorted by title.

Inside of those folders I have folders with the stories in them. The folders are color coded as well as to if I have used the story in an issue of Smith’s Monthly or not.

I also have folders on the desktop screen that are for promotion, homework tracking, and so on. Also a folder for fun pictures and another for book covers.

Sounds like a cluttered desktop, but actually it’s not.

The Point

As I said, I am sure everyone’s system is better than anyone else’s. I don’t use spread sheets or anything that takes me any time to do. I know that I flat won’t do it.

If a story is out to a market, I put up a note on my cork bulletin board over my internet computer as to which story it is and where. Back in the day when I had thirteen different novels off to five editors each, I had a tracking system on the back of my office door. Since I don’t submit to traditional book publishers anymore, I haven’t even looked at those pages there in years.

So what I do has no friction in the system, it gets my stuff backed up away from the house, and I don’t have to log in or add something to a spread sheet.

And until I started the blog challenge, I didn’t even track word count. I didn’t care. I honestly still don’t much care. So for the blog, I scratch the word count on a tiny sticky note when I am done writing and stick it on my internet computer for when I need to do a blog later.

I have heard of people inventing these massive, detailed spreadsheet systems that take up writing time every day to maintain, but I never ask if they back up the spreadsheet off site as well.

My suggestion to you. KISS (Keep it simple stupid). When you get up to my word count every year, the only thing that will work every day (without chewing up a vast amount of time) has to be simple.

As I said, my system is a mix of old school and new world, but it is scary simple and doesn’t fall apart under pressure or get forgotten as a bad chore.

And that really is the key. The less time you use on daily organization that works for you, the more time you can write.

Just saying.

Some Organization

Organization

I talk about my simple, old, and functioning system of organizing my writing above.

Also, note that a lot of business organization will be in the online Business Workshop starting next week.

There is still room in all the online workshops, even the two new ones.

Actually, in the last three months we have started four new workshops. Author Voice, Dialog, Business, and Sales Copy. All of those workshops have openings in May.

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The Day

Made it to Newport, Oregon, 45 minutes south of here by 8:15 a.m. That’s right, back on jury duty and up in the middle of my night to do so. Three hours sleep.

This time I got seated in the jury box on a four day criminal trial. I had no real issue with the four day part. But I had a horrid issue with the topic of the trial. And when the judge asked if any jurors had trouble with the charges, I was one of four out of 12 that raised hands.

Not a chance in hell I could be impartial, so I was excused. I had to tell the truth to the judge since I was under oath, even though I wouldn’t have minded trying to be on the jury. It was a child abuse trial and I think all child abusers should just be hung up and shot in different body parts, then tortured, then dipped in lye and then their eyelids ripped off. And that’s only for a start.

I didn’t say it that way. But I thought it.

So not able to be impartial, I was sent down the road once again. Home after errands by one in the afternoon, then took a nap until about five.

From there the night was a blur of watching television with the new cat, doing e-mail, and working on the book (not counting the words tonight because I honestly forgot to record them.)

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Workshops

May Online workshops are starting next Monday.

A point of interest, check your book blurbs. If you find the word “is” or “was” or “has” in the blurb and more than one line or so of plot, you might want to consider the Writing Fiction Sales Copy online workshop to help your sales.

Very few have signed up for it so far, even though most writers I know need it desperately.

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Topic of the Night: Organization

See post above and also for a lot more detail consider the lecture I mention above as well as the new Business Workshop starting next week.

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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 26

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 951

— 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: 1,500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 16,800 words

— E-mail: 9 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 515 e-mails. Approx. 35,300 words

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

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May Online Workshops Start Next Week!!

MAY ONLINE WORKSHOPS START NEXT WEEK!

Yes, all still have openings. And May 1st is this weekend.

All of the May Online Workshops marked below have openings. Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com.

Each regular workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time. All workshops except Writing Fiction Sales Copy and Business of Writing are limited to just five writers.

All workshops have openings.

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
Class #50… May 4th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

Topic of the Night: Blaming the Reader

Topic of the Night: Blaming the Reader

I got a letter from a very angry person about how his books weren’t selling at all and it was all because readers were too stupid and couldn’t find his books in all the crap on Amazon.

Now normally, I just laugh and delete letters like that as hopeless. With this person, I should have done that, but instead I wrote him back a letter basically saying that the readers were never at fault, more than likely it was his covers or blurbs or writing. He might not like what I would say, but I offered to look at them if he sent a link.

Yeah, you know what’s coming just like I did, but alas, I had to see if I was right or not. Call it standing in front of an oncoming train just to see the pretty light.

He sent me the links.

And I looked.

Oh, I never should have, but I did look, heaven help me.

He was doing everything he could completely wrong for discoverability, including only having five or six books. Everything he did was aimed at making sure no reader would pick up the book.

Not kidding..

Let me list some of the problems…

For fiction books, he had taken photos of mostly naked women himself (clearly) and put them on the covers, with no design at all. None.  Title in bad font and his name in bad font.

Blurbs were as you would expect, dead dull and passive.

He had them shelved in genres like mystery and thriller and so on, not in porn where they clearly belonged (from the cover at least).

I opened up three of the books, and there was no design on the inside, not even a title page, other than the first words you read were “Smashwords Edition.” And this was on Amazon.

And his stories started with people talking, nothing else. White room. And normally I never see typos, but the openings were riddled.

So except for the typos, I told him all this.

I got back a letter still blaming the readers, that too many books were being published, and that readers could never find his work. That he was proud of his work and his covers and that was that.

So, as I expected, I should have deleted the letter with a laugh instead of wasting my time on someone with no hope at all.

But this attitude of blaming the readers sort of stuck with me.

Folks, let me be blunt right here. It’s not the reader’s fault your books are not selling.

Writer/publisher carry all the responsibility completely.

Period.

Here are main reasons your books don’t sell even a few copies.

… Your covers looks like they were done by an indie writer. (And you haven’t even bothered to imitate with your covers the cover of a bestselling book in your genre. That would be study and you would never want to do that, right?)

… Your blurbs boringly tell the plot of the story instead of actively telling the readers why they should read the story.

… Your openings start with no depth, meaning no character, nothing, and putting that in on page three or ten won’t help you. Readers will never see it.

… You have too few titles out to trigger any sort of discoverability and readers following you.

… You think you know how to write because your English teacher praised something you wrote so have not bothered to take any craft classes or even read any books to learn how to be a better storyteller. After all, your words are golden.

… You haven’t spent any time or effort letting the larger world know your books are even there outside your few Facebook and Twitter friends.

… And even worse, you put your book in the wrong area, wrong genre, with bad tags, so even if someone does find it, they would never buy it. Ever.

And so on… like you are too cheap to find a copyeditor.

Folks, readers are never, ever to blame. If you don’t have the amount of sales you want, take a hard, cold look at what you are doing to not attract readers.

For example…

— If you only have a few titles, just put your head down and keep writing and learning covers and blurbs and better storytelling.

— If you have over twenty titles out, how many are branded with each other? Covers, blurbs professional or do they give away plot? Or are under three names?

— Have you had someone else read your book and tell you what it is? Authors never know what they wrote. None of us do. So have someone tell you what you wrote and listen to them and get the book on the right shelf.

— Get word out to more places. If you draw a blank on this past Facebook, Twitter, your newsletter, and Goodreads, you have found one reason right there.

— And lastly, are your expectations in the right place on sales? Are you selling enough to get a 10% ROI and still upset?

When you find yourself making some excuse about how hard it is to get your books found these days, or how readers don’t appreciate your little niche or things like that, step back and shift that blame squarely where it belongs.

Back on you.

The fun of this new world is that you are in control.

You can’t blame others if you are in control. You can only look at your own business and figure out the problem and move forward.

Just saying…

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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Topic of the Night: Three Types of Thinking

Topic of the Night: Three Types of Thinking

More than likely this will be a topic I’ll talk about regularly in numbers of ways. But for tonight, what got my focus on this was a comment made by the Passive Guy on a post he put up from Kris. (Scroll down to Kris’s post, his comment is under hers.)

He said, “Under current contract practices, the author is the only person who has to think in the long term while everyone else in the publishing business is focused on the short term.”

Wow, is that the truth. In so many ways.

And so few writers focus on long term in business. In fact, my focus on trying to help writers think long-term is what I get the most criticism about. (For example, I tell people to write what you love, don’t chase trends. It’s like I have run over their bike with training wheels with a big truck. These young writers really get mad at me for that.)

So that comment from Passive Guy got me looking around and I realized that in many places, I am very, very wrong about writers not thinking long term. Let me give you some examples of writers thinking long term that sort of smashed into me over the last few days.

— The workshop this last week. There were 12-14 writers there that spent a week of their time and money to learn craft from Kris for a week. And they worked damned hard, writing upwards of 7,000 to 10,000 words a day. Those writers were all thinking long term. They were there to improve their craft to make more sales over a long term.

— All the writers taking online classes and who have taken online classes. Every one of you have been thinking long term, working to learn an area to keep going into the future.

— The fantastic group of writers who show up every Sunday for lunch. All are working to learn business and make sure their careers are long-term careers.

And so on. When you are learning to build a business, improve your craft, you are thinking long term. No other way it could be.

So how about some examples of short term thinking?

… The Passive Guy was talking about thinking long term with traditional book contracts. He was spot on the money and I see writer after writer pay no attention to that “all rights for the term of the copyright” stuff in traditional publishing contracts. Short term thinking there.

And as Passive Guy said in his comment, each one of these writers has a “reason.”

Now, are there reasons to sign those contracts? Sure, if you know what you are doing, have a great attorney helping you, and you have enough clout that you can solve a bunch of the restrictive problems in the contracts. And then only if you get a truck-load of money for the loss of the IP. But losing an IP forever (or at least 35 years) for a few thousand bucks is just stupid and very short-term thinking.

— Another example of short-term thinking… “I know it all, I don’t need to learn.” Wow, do I get those people coming to me for help all the time. They have sold a couple traditional books, think they know it all, have never taken a class from anyone to learn anything, and yet want me to help them figure out how to get back into traditional publishing. Uh, no.

— Not learning copyright. Always too busy is very, very short-term thinking. Scary and deadly.

— Writing to trends or “hot areas” to make a little extra money.

You get the idea.

But there is one more form of thinking I want to add into this discussion about short-term and long-term thinking.

Tunnel-vision thinking.

Tunnel vision will kill you quicker than anything, and I see this form of thinking all the time.

Some examples…

— I want to be published traditionally, not going to think about indie. The tunnel vision doesn’t allow the person to think of all the different routes to the goal of being traditionally published. (Also, these people chase agents like dogs chasing a car.)

— I’m going to keep working on my one book for years until it’s perfect. This kind of tunnel vision flat won’t allow a person trapped there to see any other choices.

—  My work has no value so I’m going to price it all either free to get “readers” or at 99 cents. This form of tunnel vision is based on false thinking all the way. And often the thinking starts with the false idea that beginning writers sell less than experienced professionals. Or that they have no readership, so giving all their work away for free will build a readership for a few years away. Uh, nope.

— If I take a class or listen to writing advice from anywhere, it will hurt my writing and my special “voice.” This thinking always results in a person leaving the industry quickly, and without anyone noticing.

Many, many more examples in all three forms of thinking in this business. Things like not setting up a business (short), not understanding taxes (short), afraid of taxes (tunnel), setting long term goals (long), and so on and so on…

So this first post on this topic is more to start discussion about the forms of thinking. I try to help writers out of tunnel vision, I teach completely long-term thinking, and shake my head sadly and the short-term thinkers.

There are lots of places in this topic to dig down much deeper. Stay tuned.

Thinking Differently

Thinking Differently

It’s been interesting how the long-term thinking topic has come up a lot this last week. So going to talk a little about that in the topic above.

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The Day

Made it up to WMG offices to work for a short time there before the 2 p.m. writer’s lunch. It was a good one, with a number of the writers from the romance workshop staying over.

Then after a short run to the store for cat supplies, I worked in my office with the little new cat sleeping in Allyson’s office.

Finally, around 6 p.m. I loaded all the cat stuff up in my van and then loaded the little girl kitty and headed for home. Kris and I got her settled in two large rooms with our television in them just fine.

She has a new cat bed (which she loved and took a nap in), lots of food and things. Tonight, she was on Kris’s lap watching television, then she fell asleep on my lap watching television.

She is still a long ways from healthy, still all skin and bones since just a couple days ago she was about to starve to death. But we will take care of her. It will be a slow recovery.

Also tonight I did all the workshop assignments and took a long nap. No real writing until tomorrow.

Topic of the Night: Three Types of Thinking

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 24

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 949

— 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: 14,300 words

— E-mail: 38 e-mails. Approx. 3,200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 471 e-mails. Approx. 31,800 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.)

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Fun Saturday. I worked in the store, worked on workshop stuff, sat around and talked with a bunch of great professional writers who were just finishing a workshop here.

Cat update: New lost Kitty

For the moment, she’s staying with us. Or actually, still in the office right now.

But wow is she doing better. More energy, talking, wanting cuddles. Considering it is only a day since she was on the verge of death, she’s doing amazingly well.

She did have a new home, but that fell through and we were all worried about the drive to Seattle would be too hard on her anyway.

So if anyone close to the Oregon Coast is looking for a middle-aged wonderful cat, drop me a note. Otherwise, she is coming home with us to meet the gang. The office is just too dangerous a place for a cat.


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 23

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 948

— 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: 13,300 words

— E-mail: 17 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 433 e-mails. Approx. 28,600 words

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

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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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And thanks.
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Class #4… July 11th … Plotting With Depth
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Class #6… July 12th … Depth in Writing
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Class #8… July 13th … Cliffhangers
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Class #10... July 13th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy

Class #11… Aug 8th … The Business of Writing
Class #12… Aug 8th … Character Voice/Setting
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Class #14… Aug 8th … Ideas into Stories
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#19... Why Some Books Sell More Than Other Books... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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