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A Busy Monday

Turned in Smith’s Monthly #40…

That just messes with my mind when I realize, actually understand, that I have done 40 issues now of my own magazine. 60,000 to 70,000 words per month.

One of the reason for the new challenge, to get four more issues out, since I have the short stories for them already.

Today was busy. I ended up talking with our accountant about some needed changes going forward with corporations and structures. Then I met a guy to get an estimate on repaving our driveway.

Then did some challenge reading and online assignments. Then spent the rest of the evening putting together Smith’s Monthly #40.

My goal is to have Issue #48 out by October, which means I will be back on time and will have done 48 issues in 48 months. That will be a push, but a fun push.



All have openings at the moment. Information at

Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page.

Class #1… July 11th … Depth #3: Research
Class #2… July 11th … Author Voice
Class #3… July 11th … Business
Class #4… July 11th … Endings
Class #5… July 11th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #6… July 11th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #7… July 12th … Depth in Writing
Class #8… July 12th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #9… July 12th … Cliffhangers
Class #10… July 12th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #11… July 12th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #12… July 12th … Writing Fantasy

Depth #3: Research and Writing Fantasy are both new this month and will fill quickly.


Dark Crimes Bundle

I want to remind everyone that I am in a fantastic bundle called Dark Crimes on

Dark Crimes Bundle has two anthologies and eight crime novels.

Folks, this is some great reading here.

For example, if you have never read any O’Neil De Noux, you are missing some fantastic stories set in New Orleans. O’Neil has been publishing mystery novels and stories for well over twenty years now and is one of the top writers in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

The bundle is worth it for Fiction River, Year’s Best Mystery Stories, and O’Neil’s fantastic novel alone.

And one of my favorite Kris mystery novels that has gotten very little attention is Spree. Trust me, that is one twisted mystery.


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  • D.S.

    Congrats, Dean! That’s quite the accomplishment.

    Maybe no one else has commented as we’re now in “The Time of Great Forgetting” – to quote you, otherwise known as summer in these parts (where outdoor activities tend to rule and writing things are often pushed to the side until fall).

    I see you have lots planned coming up this summer, including writing 4 novels in July! I’m not letting the summer take my focus off my writing, either. I have new releases scheduled, and I’ll be producing new stories, too. I find it’s best to keep on as consistent a writing schedule as possible.

    Much continued success,

    • dwsmith

      I decided this year to take a different focus on the time of great forgetting by trying to help writers stay focused. We did workshops, challenges, and other stuff to keep writers focused from May until August. It worked for some, which is great.