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It’s Saturday

It’s Saturday!


As I said above. It’s Saturday. So not much to put here. I did a lot today. I’ll explain in a couple of days why.

I finished the 1,700 last chapter of the Writing Sales Copy book. And got it turned in.

I did a bunch of other stuff. But that’s good enough for now.

1,700 words of nonfiction. No fiction.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: The Nine Chapters

The nine chapters of How to Write Fiction Sales Copy will remain here for free on the blog until the book comes out. Then I will take them down.

Not at all sure when the book will come out. Sometime this fall, I would imagine.

But the topic for tonight is read that book. It’s free and it’s done. And it’s Saturday, what other things do you have to do? (grin)


Writing of Heaven Painted as a Cop Car

Day 1… 2,100 words… Total Words to date… 2,100 words.
Day 2… 2,300 words… Total Words to date… 4,400 words.
Day 3… 0,000 words… Total Words to date… 4,400 words.
Day 4… 2,400 words… Total Words to date… 6,800 words.
Day 5… 2,100 words… Total Words to date… 8,900 words.
Day 6… 1,100 words… Total Words to date… 10,000 words.
Day 7… 2,400 words… Total Words to date… 12,400 words.
Day 8… 1,900 words… Total Words to date… 14,300 words.
Day 9… 1,100 words… Total Words to date… 15,400 words.
Day 10…3,500 words… Total Words to date… 18,900 words.
Day 11…00 words… Total Words to date… 18,900 words.


Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 15

Writing in Public blog streak Day 745

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 18,900 words  

— Nonfiction: 1,700 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 13,250 words

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,300 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 427 e-mails. Approx. 14,900 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers


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  • Felicia Fredlund

    I loved the blurb book. I now have a note on my desktop with all seven methods. Super useful since I’ll need to write several blurbs this fall.

    Off-topic question:
    I know you publish your short stories as singles. I know form the July book your shortest story was a couple of hundred over 1000 words, right? I have a couple of stories around 700–800 words and wondered if they were your stories, would you still publish them as singles? Most people would call them flash stories. And would you put the same price as all your other short stories?


    • dwsmith

      Chances are if one was that short, I would put it up only electronic and charge 99 cents. Just me. But at the 1,300 length and up as all of the ones in this challenge are, I will put them up stand alone and in paper stand alone. Plus in collections and the big July book and in Smith’s Monthly over the next two years. But flash fiction, I would avoid the stand alone paper and just do 99 cents.

      But that’s just me.

      My very first published short story professionally was one I sold to Damon Knight. It was 250 words. Not sure what to do with that one. (grin)

      • Felicia Fredlund

        Thanks. I’ve been struggling to figure out how I should think about those very short stories. Because I put up my short stories like you, although I have not made paper editions of them (yet). When I have more published I’ll put them in collections that will definitely have both ebook and paper.

        Where would you say the dividing line are for you between a $0.99 ebook only and $2.99 ebook with paper? Is it 1300 words or 1000 or some other word count? Does it have something to do with how small a paper edition can be?

        I know you don’t have all the answers, but you have experience and it’ll give me something to help my thinking about how I’ll do it. Thanks!