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An Evening of Learning

A Night of Learning

Once again tonight it has been proven to me that I am one of the luckiest people on the planet. I got to sit in a room tonight with eighteen other professional fiction writers and spend three hours doing nothing but talking about publishing and writing.

The beginning writer still tucked inside of me sort of still just claps with joy.

The writers came from all over western Oregon for the evening. No structure. Only rules are only writing and publishing talk from 8 p.m. until 10:30 or 11 p.m. Sharing information and asking questions.

Tonight I ended up asking a bunch of questions actually. Terms and other promotion things I flat didn’t know. Fantastic fun.

And the night started off with a bunch of us having dinner ahead of time. So from 5:30 until midnight complete fun. I love to learn and wow am I lucky to have this opportunity. Thanks, everyone, for yet another wonderful Friday night.

Other things…

— Tomorrow I will be sending out the October online workshop letters. Stay tuned for those if you are in an October online workshop.

— Patreon supporters will be getting two issues of Smith’s Monthly shortly.

— Kickstarter supporters will be getting surveys in a week or so about their rewards. Maybe two weeks. Going to take us some time to get them all together.


October Online Workshops Start On Tuesday

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

Questions about any of the workshops, feel free to write me.

All are limited to 5 writers. All still have room at the moment.

Class #31… Oct 4th … The Business of Writing
Class #32… Oct 4th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #33… Oct 4th … Writing Mysteries
Class #34… Oct 4th … Speed
Class #35… Oct 4th … Teams in Fiction
Class #36… Oct 5th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… Oct 5th … Point of View
Class #38… Oct 5th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #39… Oct 5th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #40… Oct 5th … Advanced Depth

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


Star Fall is Out in a Bundle

Repeating this again since I really hope a bunch of you get this bundle to see what I produced in those ten days in August. Some of you might remember the book I wrote in ten days while aiming at seven days in late August. Star Fall: A Seeders Universe Novel. That book is now available as I promised it would be. The official publication date isn’t until November, but at the moment it is available in a fantastic bundle called The Extreme Science Fiction Bundle. 

Also notice that in this bundle there is a fantastic Retrieval Artist novel called Extremes by Kris. It also has a great novel by Kevin J. Anderson, another by Mike Resnick, and another by M.L. Buchman. Plus two books by J. Daniel Sawyer.

And also an amazing volume of Fiction River: Risk Takers. I edited that and it is a fantastic example of a Fiction River volume.




Totals For Year 4, Month 2, Day 30

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,107

Total Miles This Month… 155 miles

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 4,700 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,500 words 

— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,600 words

— E-mail: 8 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 444 e-mails. Approx. 28,400 words

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

      It was, Vera, and there were parts that went over my head. Which is why I was asking questions to try to understand some of what was being talked about. The world of modern writing promotion for indies is amazing and there is so much going on and on the verge of launching around the world, it feels totally overwhelming. And that’s part of the fun.