Decision Time for 2021…
A week from Friday the 2020 Anthology workshop will be starting here in Las Vegas. The writers have been writing since the last week of November and now all of us are reading like crazy.
The writers wrote for seven paying anthologies and one brand new major magazine. Plus I am always looking to buy for Pulphouse Fiction Magazine during this anthology workshop.
But this workshop loses WMG money and we have been talking about cancelling the Anthology workshop for next year (2021), first to save the money and second to allow Fiction River to get caught up.
Actually, this year there is only one Fiction River anthology being bought. So that will help a lot getting that caught up. But with the anthology workshop losing money, cancelling the workshop just seemed to be the only solution.
But none of us want to do that. We like the anthology workshop a lot. It is so much fun. So we started detailing out the issues to fix for next year for us to put it on again.
First, we will be looking to find a new venue that honestly will be cheaper than the Golden Nugget. That is the biggest expense by far. But to find that venue, it is going to take me, Kris, Allyson, and Chris York a bunch of time and energy.
And we want the venue to be better for the writers as well. Lots and lots of options here, just extremely time-consuming to figure out and book.
So the other day during a conversation about cancelling the workshop or not cancelling the workshop, I got the question…
“How many people are signed up and paid already for next year?”
“Exactly six,” I said, after looking at my sign-up sheet, “and no one paid except for the lifetime Las Vegas subscribers.”
So not only do we have a workshop that is costing us money, but we have one with almost no interest at this point in time.
Part of that reason we understand is that anything with the date 2021 seems like a distant future, when in reality the workshop will start writing in just eight months from now.
So we decided that we needed to see the interest to make our decision. So here is what we are doing….
If we can get enough writers signing up and PAYING for the 2021 Anthology workshop (that starts in November writing), we will do all the work to find the new venue and have a great workshop.
But if we don’t have the interest from the writers, we will cancel it and refund anyone’s money they have paid to the workshop.
So up to you guys to save this thing.
And if you help us save this, we will give you an early bird discount. Normally the fee is $750, but if you pay between now and next Friday (Feb 21st) when the Anthology workshop starts, the price would be $650 early bird discount.
If we do not get enough people signing up and paying ahead, we will refund everyone’s money and cancel the anthology workshop.
If you are a lifetime Las Vegas workshop subscriber, just let us know and sign up and we will count you as well.
Anthology workshop 2021 is scheduled for February 26th through March 2nd, 2021.
Normal fee is $750… Early Bird Discount is $650.
Early Bird discount lasts until February 21st, but if no interest before that, we will just cut it off and cancel the workshop.
Writing will start November 29th this year, group list will start in August.
If enough writers sign up and pay, we will do the work to find a new venue and make the anthology workshop even better for the writers.
If not, we will cancel the workshop and refund your money.
Simply write me to get your name on the list and then pay the early bird discounted fee to Paypal at the email LasVegasWorkshops at wmgbooks dot com.
None of us want to cancel the anthology workshop. It has been a wonderful workshop we have done now for eighteen years. But if no interest, then no interest and we all move on.
But I would really miss it. So let us know if you would as well, give us a reason to do the work it will take to make the anthology workshop even better than it is.