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March Workshops are Available

April Workshops Tomorrow…

It is Friday, so I decided to get some chores done. So I managed to post and get live all the March regular workshops. List Below.

And tomorrow I will post and get live all the regular April workshops as well.

I am leaving two spots open in April for new workshops and one open in March. So thanks everyone, on the feedback yesterday.

And going to give some thought to writing a short book on the Stages of Publishing as a series of blog posts, then put the entire book in Smith’s Monthly before I publish it stand alone. And do the workshop as well in there somewhere.

I think Writing Memorable Characters might be a good short writing book through a series of blog posts as well. And a workshop as well much expanded.

So thanks, everyone. And Advanced Pacing and Floating Viewpoints workshops will be sometime soon. Both could be fun for me to do. (grin)

To get the spots open I am going to send to Classic Status the Making Money workshop and Licensing 101.


Also remember only about five days left to get the two special workshops on the Colliding Worlds Kickstarter Campaign. It will be the only place you will ever be able to get them. One is a three week workshop on how to write in science fiction about the VASTNESS OF SPACE. Another one is a three week workshop about how to write SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORIES.

You have your choice of taking one or both starting March 2nd or April 6th. There is a reward that you can get both at a discount price.

Plus if we hit all the stretch rewards, you end up with two classic workshops and two Pop-Ups. About $600 in value. So take a special workshop and get more workshops. Pretty good deal now that we have made it this far.


  • JM6

    Saw this article about musicians selling song libraries for money. It’s unclear from the article what, exactly, was being sold and/or licensed, and the article seemed to conflate selling part or all of copyright with selling licenses. Anyway, I thought you might be interested to see what the music people are currently doing with their “magic bakeries.”

      • Kate Pavelle

        Dean, a topic for the licensing workshop – learning from the music industry. Granted these are big names licensing out already-coveted troves of work, but the way they are doing it, say to streaming services, uses their content in a way that allows the end-user (“fan”) to consume it in addition to something else and the same works for a number of lesser-known music artists. Music for TikTok videos and Peloton was mentioned, as well as various streaming platforms.

        Color me either stupid or ignorant, but I have a really hard time coming up with fiction used in tandem with another platform or industry outside of audio and gaming. Both have high production costs. I do see ways to sell reprints, bundles with other authors, and so on. It’s the “content consumed as a side feature” concept where music seems, to me, so different from fiction.

        Since I have such a rough time of it (and belive me, I’ve tried: writing lyrics, doing digital painting of characters, a Tarot deck for one of my worlds, products for POD physical items), I’d love if we could maybe explore what we can glean from the music industry and at what cost. I’d love to find ways which incur minimal production costs. (I consider running a Kickstarter to have a world and its characters developed by a graphic designer a good way to do it, and am working on this right now. I’m too slow at graphic design, and WIBBOW.)

        Thank you. Sorry if I’m being dense 😉

        • dwsmith

          Audio, gaming, movies, television, merchandise… And all the different areas those simple words cover. (grin)

          Licensing is a partnership, usually, with another company. Gaming, audio, television, and merchandise. You go into agreements with partners (very different from publishers) to produce a product for a specific time under specific guidelines and so on. Licensing, for the most part, is not a do-it-yourself proposition.

          What the musicians (old timers, not the young ones) are doing with licensing catalogs is basically the same thing, only in bulk.

          What you can learn from the music industry is that copyright has value. A lesson writers just never seem to grasp or understand.

          • Kate Pavelle

            Thanks, Dean. So I’m actually on track, because I decided not to worry about film and TV at this stage. When the licensing expo takes off again, I hope to revisit that idea.