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Last Hours On Two Things.

And Some Fun Stuff…

Very short time left on both of the Christmas Boxes from WMG. They end at NOON on Wednesday, the 19th, West Coast Standard Time. So if you get this after noon, never mind. (grin)

Second, I have three in the Mentor Program for 2019, but I will take just one more. Kris and I have decided I can handle four without a problem and it will be more fun, actually. Write me if interested in the last spot. Details in a post a ways back.

Do, if you get a chance, read that post from Steven Barnes I put up yesterday. Amazing.

And if you want to see a very reasonable person so lost in the myths as to be sad, I let a comment through on the “Traditional Publishing” post a while back. The person didn’t call me names or anything, just sadly lost in the myths. Check it out to see the types of comments and letters I get regularly, although most are more angry at me. Great fun.


  • Philip

    Dean, thanks for pointing out that comment. I went back and read it and agree it was worth letting through as an example of the defeatist, myth mentality.

    Before my first indie release, I took two weeks to study (for free) all I could online about book formatting and cover design. I used a free trial to get stock photos and then used Canva (free) to design a cover. From there, I was able to write a short story per day for 30 days and slapped them all up by dinner time that night they were finished. These were erotica short stories. Did NO PROMOTION, no social media, etc.

    Month 1 (started mid month): $30
    Month 2: $300
    Month 3: $1,500!

    I invested only time, and frankly the time was fun because I was writing silly smut shorts. Costed me no money at all. I’ve stopped putting up new erotica shorts but my backlist STILL nets me just over $3,000/year.

    That covers my car payment and cell phone bill every month. Not bad, eh?

    Now just imagine what would happen if I had more mainstream genre works up, such as mystery or scifi?

    As you always say, Dean, people can’t argue with math and the real numbers.

    I will say this, for now, as I posted yesterday, I’m solely a short story writer. That’s what I enjoy because I can quickly hop to any genre, etc. I still submit my shorts to ONLY PRO PAYING trad periodicals. Once they get rejected by my handful of top markets, I slap them up indie.

    No investment of money. No agent. No nonsense.