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Another Sacred Cow Treatment



Well, read one too many articles about the stupidity of giving a traditional author an advance so they could be free to write their book. That myth had to be stabbed at with my little sword.

Oh, and I got back to work on the novel.



Did an interview for a podcast this afternoon. Great fun and I’ll link to it when it comes out. Then off to walk, then to the mail, the store, and back to WMG offices where I worked on different stuff until 7 p.m. including starting on the Sacred Cow chapter.

Home to cook dinner, watch some television, do my email, finish the Sacred Cow chapter, take a nap, then back in here to fire back up on the novel.

More television, another chapter on the book. About 2,100 words total for the night. And I figured out what needs to go away in what I have already written, but I’m going to wait until I go over the end to make sure before I cut out anything. Normal for me.

And with the featured books below, still working my way though the nonfiction books. Interesting that with a new Sacred Cows post the first book with the first ten is the featured book tonight. I didn’t plan that, honest.


Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing

The publishing world continues to evolve, but myths about who can make a living as a fiction writer maintain a life of their own. 

Whether you pursue traditional or indie publishing success, you need to know the pitfalls and traps that undermine many writers’ careers.

In this WMG Writer’s Guide, USA Today bestselling author and former publisher Dean Wesley Smith addresses the ten most damaging myths that writers believe in modern publishing.

Topics Include:
Right vs. Wrong
Writing Speed
Books as Events
Writing to Trends
Making Money
Writing is Hard
Career Killers

Available in:
ebook, $5.99
Trade paperback, $12.99
ISBN 978-0615959511

and others around the world.

For information about all my writing and nonfiction books,
click on the Nonfiction Books tab above.



All of the April online workshops below have openings. This is a great bunch of workshops this month.

Remember, each regular online workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time during the week.

All workshops have openings.

Class #31… April 4th … Author Voice
Class #32… April 4th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #33… April 4th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #34… April 4th … Ideas into Stories
Class #35… April 5th … Character Development
Class #36… April 5th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… April 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #38… April 6th … Designing Covers
Class #39… April 6th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #40… April 6th … Advanced Depth

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

Full descriptions of the workshops and how to sign up under the Online Workshop tab above.


TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Sacred Cow post above this post

Feel free to ask questions or make comments on the Sacred Cows post above.


The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

(List shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish. And I do not count days I didn’t write on the book. I started this book the last of November. Horridly slow for me.)

Day 24.. 3,950 words.  Total words so far… 44,100 words.
Day 25.. 2,000 words.  Total words so far… 46,100 words.
Day 26.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 47,150 words.
Day 27.. 1,150 words.  Total words so far… 48,300 words.
Day 28.. 3,300 words.  Total words so far… 51,600 words.
Day 29.. 2,300 words.  Total words so far… 53,900 words.
Day 30.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 55,000 words.
Day 31.. 2,100 words.  Total words so far… 57,100 words.
Day 32.. 2,100 words.  Total words so far… 58,300 words.
Day 33.. 2,500 words.  Total words so far… 60,800 words.
Day 34.. 2,300 words.  Total words so far… 63,100 words.
Day 35.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 64,200 words.
Day 36.. 2,100 words.  Total words so far… 66,300 words.


Totals For Year 3, Month 8, Day 15

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 907

— Daily Fiction: 2,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 5,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 1,700 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,600 words 

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,400 words

— E-mail: 9 e-mails.  Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 284 e-mails. Approx. 14,800 words

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


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