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Fun Idea From Vegas

Sitting In Las Vegas…

In the Golden Nugget Buffet, of course, talking with Lenny, a friend of mine who happens to be the son of my best friend. Lenny is now well into his thirties and is successful in the music industry. He and I were talking about Teachable. (His dad, my best friend, was off running an errand, so we weren’t boring him.)

Lenny said he was thinking about setting up a tip of the week on Teachable and that I should think about doing that for writers. I liked the idea, since Teachable allows subscriptions and other things I was planning.

So I came home on Monday and even with reading all the help menus I could on Teachable and talking with Kris and others, I just couldn’t figure out a way to make a Writing and Publishing Tip-of-the-Week work on Teachable.

The idea is good, but Teachable has a few mechanics that work great for the workshops and lectures we are doing, but would not work well with a subscription tip thing like I was thinking about.

So this afternoon, with all the crew but Josh gone home for the weekend at WMG, I was muttering about how I couldn’t figure out how to make the tip idea work. So Josh, a computer expert, helped me brainstorm and by the time his wife showed up to pick him up, we had it figured out.

So thank you Lenny and Josh for the idea and helping me figure it out. This will be fun.

And Kris and Allyson will both contribute tips.

So we are going to fire that up pretty soon. Great fun. Stay tuned. The price will be $10 per month on a subscription payment system. Each weekly tip will be a video on writing or publishing of about seven or eight minutes long. So at least four tips per month, sometimes five. A new tip will be put up each Sunday night. I’ll explain the details when it is officially announced.

And then, on another workshop front… A writer came to me asking about learning how to do covers. Well, many of you know that Allyson and I did covers workshops last year, one on branding in general, one on science fiction, one on fantasy. We have no plans in the near future to do another.

Those workshops are similar, yet with different focuses and by the time you are done, you have a pretty good sense of how to do your own professional covers. In fact, Allyson did a template for everyone in each workshop and then the last assignment is for the writer to use the template and do covers of their own so Allyson could look them over.

I can tell you this, the writers coming out of those workshops ended up doing some stunning covers.

I suggested to this writer who approached me that I would open up just for him the science fiction and the fantasy workshops and he could do both at the same time. Allyson would look at his stuff and would design him a template for each workshop.

Allyson loved the idea and is very willing to help. So the writer bought both workshops and is now starting through them on his own pace.

Back to me reading every support document Teachable has trying to find a way to do the tip idea. I came across a nifty thing they do which allows me to bundle workshops. Sort of an official way to do what I offered this one writer.

And I could bundle workshops by topic. By an area of craft. And so on. Nifty.

So those kind of bundles might be coming down the road. Especially in the covers workshops, the Strengths workshops, the Classic Workshops, and the Lectures. All are possible to bundle. If I can find the time to set it all up. (grin)

And always interested in seeing what I can do if you have a certain need in these workshops. They are here to help.

Wow, a long post for a Friday night when no one is around. (grin)


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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


  • Mark Kuhn

    Dean, all this sounds great. Bundling workshops sounds like a great idea and one I would be very interested in. Oh, and thanks again for pointing out that I had fallen into the “writing is important” trap. I’m out, in the clear and moving forward again.

    • dwsmith

      Super, Mark. That’s a nasty trap that every writer falls into for one reason or another over time. I have been no exception, which is why I can see it happening in others.

  • Gnondpom

    Your idea of tips sounds like great fun, and a nice learning opportunity!

    Would you consider making them part of your rewards on Patreon? Like at one tier the patron gets all your ebooks, and at a higher tier your ebooks and the weekly tips? Or maybe during your next Kickstarter drive, some of the rewards could include a one-year subscription to your tips, or something like that?

    Just my two cents. In any case it sounds like a great idea, especially to get time-sensitive advice.

    • dwsmith

      All good ideas. We’ll get it up and running first. And there will be general tips and also many time-sensitive stuff as it happens.

      We also have a way we are going to put three months of tips together for people to go back and see them all who are coming in late. And also an entire year now that I know how to bundle on Teachable. (grin) I’ll explain it all once we get it up and going. At least we have it figured out.

  • paladin3001

    I like that tips idea and would definitely sign up for it. I am sure there are lots of things that you and your group have learned in all the years that newbies could use starting out now.