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    Why I Do Smith’s Monthly?

    Bringing Smith’s Monthly Back with Issue #45… What is Smith’s Monthly? Simple. It is a regular 70,000 word magazine with only my work in it. It has a novel, four or five short stories, and often part of a non-fiction book or a serial of another novel. Monthly. I did 44 straight months of the magazine (three and a half years) before life rolls got in the way, things like Kris getting sick and moves to Vegas and so on. I put the magazine on pause, knowing the time would come when I would be back doing it. And this is that time, finally. So with Issue #45, January 2021,…

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    Smith’s Monthly Covers

    Working On Four Issues at a Time… And making great progress. First new issue will be out in March, #45 in the series, and after that one per month. Each one will be between 60,000 and 70,000 words of fiction. In the next week or so I will have 4 issues done and in copyediting process. Tonight, besides putting issues together, I worked on the covers and such. So thought I would show you some of them. They are trim size 7 x 10 and the black bar with the spine wraps to both the front and the back side. First #45, both wrap and epub cover. Then #46, #47,…

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    Patreon Post Up

    Just Reposted #43 and Put Up New #44 of Smith’s Monthly… I wanted to take down the first posting of Smith’s Monthly #43 I put up a few months ago and repost it to the public on Patreon. I haven’t done a public post there yet, so I figured doing that would allow my Patreon supporters to have a month or so to read it before it went public. Then right behind that I put up Smith’s Monthly #44 for just supporters. I figured that now that Patreon has backed off its stupidity on the fees, it was time to get back in the game. Thank you to all of those…

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    New Issues of Smith’s Monthly

    Subscribers and Patreon Supporters Got Three Issues… That’s right, in the last week three issues of Smith’s Monthly went out. As many of you know, I’ve been working to catch up with the date on the issues. I was hoping to be caught up by the 50th issue, but not it might take a little longer. And coming shortly, meaning a few weeks, two more issues will go out. Issues #41-43 went out to subscribers and Patreon supporters over the last week. That’s a bunch of reading. (grin) And there was a new Thunder Mountain novel in the group. In the coming Pulphouse Fiction Magazine kickstarter drive starting Thursday, there…

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    Short Story Finished

    Doing Some Short Fiction Again… Reason is pretty simple. I only have enough short stories left of the stories I want to put in Smith’s Monthly to last a few more issues. I have about a hundred or so stories (some sold) in my files, but most of them are from what I call my “Horror Period” when I was getting nominated for Stoker Awards. I have nothing at all against horror, just not who I am as a writer anymore. I have put in Smith’s Monthly a few from that period, but most are just too brutal for even my tastes. Back in the Splatterpunk days was another world.…

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    A New Day

    THANK YOU FOR THE KIND COMMENTS… I got a lot of wonderful comments, both on last night’s post about finishing four books in one month, and privately. Thank you all.  I forgot to mention one thing in last night’s post. All four of the books were final draft. I will not rewrite them. I did not write sloppy. Three books have been read by Kris so far and she loves them. All four will be going into WMG Publishing over the next week as I put together the issues of Smith’s Monthly they go into. And tonight I started a new novel called The End of Time: A Seeders Universe…

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    Now That’s a Series

    Smith’s Monthly Series Page on Amazon… It even impressed me. Wow. Shows what just dinging along every month can do. 37 titles up there, plus I will be doing 11 more in the next six months. Sorry I’m bragging a little, but if you want to see a series, even though some of the old covers are still on the titles shown, take a look at this. Got me excited to get these new ones done and in and out to Patreon supporters and subscribers. https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00YO07JG0/ref=sr_bookseries_null_B00YO07JG0 Anyhow, wanted to brag about how cool that was. As for the rest of the day, I had a WMG meeting and then Kris and…

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    Story Twenty-Six

    DAY TWENTY-SIX… As I said last night, on my wall here in the office is a breakdown of the Smith’s Monthly issues I am working on. Ten issues ahead. I have started to put some of that on the widget to the side of the posts, and will update all that in a week. Patreon folks and subscribers, you will be getting ten issues over the next five months as I get caught up. (grin) For three years I tried to start off most issues with a Poker Boy story, but have only written one and have two others. So for the ten issues on the board that will come out as…

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    Decisions on Smith’s Monthly Issues

    Decisions: Smith’s Monthly… As I said yesterday, I will update the decisions and writing being done for putting together the next three issues of Smith’s Monthly. I will usually do this every other week on Friday, when very few people drop by here. The widget on the right will be updated as I finish stuff, even though I don’t talk about it in a blog post until a weekend. I talked with Allyson at WMG Publishing today about the serial in Smith’s Monthly and we came up with it being fun to put the non-fiction writing book Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing in three installments. Granted, the book is available…

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    Putting Together Smith’s Monthly Issues

    Putting Together Smith’s Monthly… As I keep making changes to this site and get going on year four of my magazine, I thought it would be fun to sort of let you all follow along with putting these issues together. You have been watching me write stuff here for three years, so why not the next step for the next year? So over on the right side I have listed the next three issues of Smith’s Monthly and what I have ready for them now. The assigned stories are there at the moment, but might change out if I write some new ones. I like to lead off each issue…