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A Really Nifty Podcast

A Really Nifty Podcast About Podcasting

This last week was the Master Business Class here at the coast with forty-some professional fiction writers.

At one point, for one session. Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Joanna Penn, J. Daniel Sawyer, and Mark Lefebvre (from Kobo) discussed podcasting. (Kris in the silver hair, Dan in the hat.) And Mark recorded it for the Kobo Life podcast.

(Realize learning like this went on for hours and hours every day for seven days. All brains fried. I learned a ton and I was helping pilot the ship.)

This podcast of this one session is great fun and very informative. Kris interviewed the other three. Worth the listen folks, if nothing else but to understand some of the process that goes into podcasting.


Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 069 – Podcasting for Authors



Fantastic new bundle just hit tonight. This is a bundle full of writing books. Including one of mine called Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing and Kris’s new contracts book called Closing the Deal On Your Terms.

Don’t want to miss this bundle at  It will only be available for a short time.




Kickstarter Update

Got more of the surveys out, including all the workshop surveys out. So we are about three quarters of the way through the surveys now and gaining on it. More will go out tomorrow.


Anthology Workshop

If you are signed up for the anthology workshop here on the coast in late February, you should have gotten a letter from me and an invite to the workshop group. If you are signed up did not, write me.


November Online Workshops Start in One Week!!

Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to

Class #41… Nov 1st … Author Voice
Class #42… Nov 1st … Point of View
Class #43… Nov 1st … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #44… Nov 1st … Ideas
Class #45… Nov 1st … Character Development
Class #46… Nov 2nd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… Nov 2nd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… Nov 2nd … Cliffhangers
Class #49… Nov 2nd … Pacing Your Novel
Class #50… Nov 2nd …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

If you are wondering what order would be best to take some of these workshops, we have done a curriculum for the workshops. You can see that at


Totals For Year 4, Month 3, Day 26

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,133

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

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

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count:6,600 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails.  Approx. 900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 429 e-mails. Approx. 27,700 words

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


— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories finished to date: 8 stories.

— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 2 novels.


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  • Jonathan


    I recently formatted a short story with word and it seems to have worked fine. It was a chore, though. Does Jutoh do a better formatting job than word? Do you use it for print book formatting as well?

    Thank you.

      • Chong Go

        I’ve only just heard about Vellum, but are you using it with jutoh, or is it just a Windows machine vs Mac thing? (I these were exclusive, competing programs.) Any preferences?

        • dwsmith

          Both have strengths. Vellum is way cool and easier than Jutoh, but you need a Mac to run it. We use both.

  • Scott

    I already listened to this podcast Really enjoyed it. Learned some good information.. Do you know if Joanna or Dan recorded an episode for their podcasts?

  • Kristi N.

    Thanks for the link to the story bundle, Dean. Last year\’s bundle was a tremendous help to me, and it looks like this year will be even better. Any plans to put some of the business workshops/classes into a book form? I know those are a pain to update as things change so rapidly, but there is a LOT of misinformation out there for writers trying to feel their way through the first days of launching their careers. (And yes, I have a the online workshop already on my schedule for this winter, but it would be handy to have a reference book to point writers to, like Kris\’s Surival Guide.)

    • dwsmith

      Kris just put out her contracts book which is in this bundle. And my sacred cows books and Heinlein’s Rules and Writing into the Dark books sort of give a pretty clear guide. And we do a master business class here, but only for advanced stuff. As for a basics guide, I have a book called “Think Like a Publisher” that is still the basics even though a few years old now. Hope some of that helps.

      • Kristi N.

        Thanks, Dean! I put the master class in my five year plan, but I can\’t decide whether it would be a craft or a business one. The craft terrifies me (stage fright) and the business one seems like a stretch to this greenhorn. Thanks again for all of your help!

  • Mike Jasper

    Thanks for sharing the podcast, and thanks to Kris, Joanna, Dan, and Mark for recording it! Lots of great stuff in there, and it reminded me that I do NOT need to start a podcast any time soon.

    Listening to the podcast also took the sting of not being able to make it to this Master Class. 🙂

    Thanks again!