Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

Finishing Up Short Story Challenge Reading

And Writing Up Comments…

I also did a bunch of work on Pulphouse Fiction Magazine #1 besides reading and typing up my comments back to the writers in the short story challenge. I also allowed myself to take a long nap, meaning almost two hours tonight. Guess I needed it.

I had a meeting up at WMG with the the crew there to get approval for my crazy idea I will announce on Monday. I had to get their approval and feedback on some things before I could even do this, since they have to do a bunch of the work on the idea.

This will add into the 67 challenge.

Oh, I also recorded the Advanced Business Copyright Lecture. It will take me about a week to get that up on Teachable with the other four. I will announce it here and send everyone who is signed up for it already a code. Then I will finish the last one in a few weeks and start into some newer lectures by the end of January.

So guess it was a pretty good day. Getting ready to fire back up the writing on Monday. Going to be fun.


Want to Be Challenged for the New Year?

There are still two spots open in the novel challenge starting January 1st and two spots open in the short story challenge. You get two regular workshops out of it no matter how you do. But you will do fine if you try it.

Two writers who took the novel challenge ending January 15th are just extending their challenge for another three months after that date. Nifty idea because the challenge is getting them focused and to the keyboard. And they get workshop credits. (grin)

Ticking clock… In three days this offer goes away.

Details at


Promotions Package

Three spots still open in the Promotions Package offer from WMG Publishing.

Ticking clock… In three days this offer ends as well.

Everyone who is signed up should have gotten the first very preliminary questionnaire from me. If you didn’t, write me.

Details if interested at


January and February Online Workshops Are Now Up on Teachable.

Getting all the workshops moved to Teachable has taken me almost seven weeks total, with all the details involved. But they are there.

It has caused me to get behind on my responses to the last short story and novel challenge because with only one good eye, I have limited computer time and the workshop move ate up a ton of that time. Also why I haven’t been writing much. Had to get that move done and take care of what is left of my sight.

So anyhow, if you have credits from the Kickstarter, you need to write me to sign up. You can also sign up through me and use Paypal just like normal. Or you can go directly to Teachable and sign up there for any workshop using either Paypal or a credit card.

To see all the courses, just hit the link at the top that says “All Courses” and it will show you all the lectures and workshops available.

Class #1… Jan 2nd … Depth #3: Research
Class #2… Jan 2nd … Author Voice
Class #3… Jan 2nd … Business
Class #4… Jan 2nd … Writing into the Dark
Class #5… Jan 2nd … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #6… Jan 2nd … Think Like a Publisher
Class #7… Jan 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #8… Jan 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #9… Jan 3rd … (empty)
Class #10… Jan 3rd … Pacing Your Novel
Class #11… Jan 3rd … Novel Structure
Class #12… Jan 3rd … Writing Fantasy

Class #13… Feb 6th … Think Like a Publisher
Class #14… Feb 6th … Endings
Class #15… Feb 6th … Point of View
Class #16… Feb 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #17… Feb 6th … Speed
Class #18… Feb 6th … Teams in Fiction
Class #19… Feb 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #20… Feb 7th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #21… Feb 7th … Character Development
Class #22… Feb 7th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #23… Feb 7th … Advanced Depth
Class #24… Feb 7th … Novel Structure

Full information about any workshop or March and April schedule is under Online Workshops on the sidebar.


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  • Mark Kuhn

    Dean, I’ve been meaning to comment on this for a while, but while watching some of your lectures, I’ve noticed your incredible looking collection of Ace Double paperbacks on the shelves behind you. I used to love reading those back in the day. Glad to see that some of those stories are available on Kindle.

    • dwsmith

      Yup, got most of them, if not all. Slowly selling off that later numbered ones on eBay and all my duplicates. But I have all the D, F, G, and K series, sf and other genres. Full run. Pretty silly, actually.

    • dwsmith

      I don’t mind middle or young adult for the challenge. No issue at all. The key is to have the goals and get writing into this new year. Plus get two workshops. (grin)