Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

A Catch-Up Day

Also Got Walking In…

Started off late and had a ton of errands and meetings, some of which I didn’t make. But I did manage to get my five miles in today, thanks to Matt and Kris walking with me a different times. Thanks!

Worked at WMG for a very short time, then home to take a nap and cook dinner. Then the e-mail stuff and some Strengths workshop assignments.

Then I got to read short stories, which were fun. I should be completely caught up on those this weekend and the four writers in the May challenge will be offered the off-ramp at that point to see if they want to convert that challenge into two monthly online workshops.

The other two challenges starts on June 1st. Both the novel and the June short story challenge. I’m looking forward to them. I am really enjoying reading the stories from the May writers.



Kris, in case you didn’t read her new blog, is starting a major new series on branding. You will want to be reading it, trust me.

In conjunction with that, Allyson Longueira is going to do a very special four-week workshop on cover branding. In it she will actually design, to your specifications, a cover for you to use as a template to brand a series. (And you will get the template.)

And she and I will be doing a bunch of videos on cover branding as well. We will announce it here on Monday.

It is a one-time only thing and very limited.

In case some of you don’t know, Allyson Longueira is the publisher of WMG Publishing Inc. She has a masters in design and is an award-winning designer.

She has helped a few writers over the years with covers, mostly at our major workshops here at the coast. She does not do freelance cover work. So getting a chance for Allyson to do a cover for you and help you learn how to brand your own stuff is a rare chance.

Allyson can see things in covers us mere mortals can’t see.

So watch for the announcement on Monday morning (my Sunday night). I will have the entire four week curriculum laid out and how it will work and what you will get for your $300.

(The Kickstarter and specials from last fall can’t be used for this I’m afraid. Those were just for the regular monthly workshops.)



In the post yesterday I detailed out the new lectures that I will record in May and through June. One new lecture per week in this special series will be added. Each lecture will consist of between 9 and 15 videos.

These are Advanced, Advanced lectures, taking up where the Business Workshop leaves off. The intent of these is to let writers know this stuff even exists when the time comes.


— 1…Corporations for Writers…$50.00

— 2…Taxes for Writers…$50.00

— 3…Movies and Television Negotiations for Writers…$50.00

— 4…Estates and Estate Planning for Writers…$50.00

— 5…Copyright and Control for Writers…$50.00

— 6…IP Valuation Dangers and Possibilities for Writers…$50.00


For a week or so only, you can get all six new lectures for $250 subscription or 12 lectures in total for a $400 subscription. (You can bank the extra ones or take any existing lecture.)

All the details and planned new lectures after the business lectures are listed in the post two days ago or under the lecture tab. More detailed descriptions added as the recording starts for each one.

If you want the subscriptions, write me directly with lectures in the subject line. Very short-term offer. After that you can just get them on Teachable for their regular price.

All the available lectures are on (and these new ones will be on)

Tracking Running… May 11th, 2017
5 miles. No running.
Weight 195. (Goal 170)
Month to date distance: 49.5 miles

Tracking Word Counts… May 11th, 2017
Totals For Year 4, Month 10, Day 11 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,330

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 8,600 words  
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,300 words
— E-mail: 29 e-mails.  Approx. 1,800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 269 e-mails. Approx. 17,900 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 38 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 5 novels.


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