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Mentor Program

Still One Spot…

For the Kickstarter campaign, I had opened up two mentor spots, bringing my total of writers I would be working with to 5. I felt good about that number since the ones that started in January seemed to be doing fine, moving along, checking in.

And one of the writers who wanted to join the program through Kickstarter doesn’t even want to start until the middle of the year. So why do I have an extra? Some person I had never talked to and who wouldn’t answer my email (so I had a hunch something was wrong) just dropped out in the last hour or so, as I expected would happen. (Update: Turns out it was a health issue which was why no answer. Perfectly understandable.)

The campaign did hit the second stretch goal before that happened, so I am going to give all supporters that second stretch goal reward anyway.

But that leaves one spot open in the mentor program. I like the idea of working with five different writers. I got a hunch I will learn a ton that way.

So if interested, write me at The cost is $3,000 and I will work with you for a full year (and past that as well, I won’t just vanish on your I promise.)

Details are in a post I did way back when. You can read that here.

Thanks, everyone, for the kind support on this crazy project. I am so excited about learning new stuff with layout and doing these books. It will be great fun and as I have said, I will keep everyone updated here and show you covers and everything.


  • Gordon Horne

    It’s very generous of you to honour the second stretch goals despite not crossing the line in the end. I’d probably be impressed even if I weren’t getting extra goodies. But I am. Yay, me.

    I hope you have a lot a fun fulfilling your challenge.

  • Emilia

    I looked at the Kickstarter page this morning on my way to work and was shocked to see the amount pledged drop. It had been 14,400+ when I last checked. I hope the possible troll didn’t block someone who wants to join the mentor program. If that happened the person will probably see this post.

    I agree with Gordon, you’re very generous. Also I noticed I can buy your and Kris’ books and Fiction River in paperback from Adlibris (big Nordic web based bookstore).

    • dwsmith

      Yup, the person took a mentor spot, but that is now back open for anyone who wants it. Just write me if interested on that.

      And nifty on the books. Thanks!

  • Céline Malgen

    Wow, thank you so much Dean for honouring the second stretch goal, even if it wasn’t a real pledge! I’m looking forward to these Pop-Ups.

    On the up side, that does leave one extra mentorship position open for a lucky writer. I hope somebody will be able to take advantage of it.

    And have fun with these Smith’s Stories! You enthusiasm is always inspiring.

  • Kenny Norris

    I wanna be a #metoo on the second stretch goal!

    Thanks, Dean, and I’m looking forward to learning even more from you. Oh, that and reading tonnes of your stories…

  • Topaz

    Thank you honoring the second stretch goal.
    I am looking forward to the short stories and the pop ups and your update posts about the project. The first one was already helpful for my next steps towards publishing print books.

    I wish you a great time with the 100 short stories.

  • E. R. Paskey

    Wow, I am so sorry to hear that somebody dropped out of the mentor program. Thank you for honoring the second stretch goal anyway! That is very generous of you. I’m looking forward to those Pop-ups. 🙂

    Congrats on making your main goals! Looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds!

  • Lacy Rey

    Oh I’m tempted to do the mentor program but I don’t have $3,000 yet. Will once my tax refund comes but who knows when that will happen haha. Anyway, I’m looking forward to using the workshop credits and reading the stories!