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Strength Regular Sales Workshop Now Available

Announcing Strength Regular Sales Workshop

Just getting these up one at a time. Next up later in the week will be Craft Two.


Regular Sales: This regular publishing and writing sales course tests your basic understanding of what makes a book sell. Covers, blurbs, wide distribution, expectations, plus much more. This will not only test you, but help you understand what you need to start learning to succeed in the future.

In the Sales Two workshop, we will cover web sites, social media, newsletters, bundling, branding, series, and more detail stuff. But this Regular Sales workshop is critical to understanding sales and having the foundation under you in order for the details to work.

Ever wished major writers would help you go in the right direction? These strength workshops do just that in craft, business, and sales.


Strength Workshops are $300 each and can be bought on Teachable.com.

Or you can write me to sign up for more than one through Paypal. If you take 3 of the workshops, you get a 4th for free. If you take all six, the cost would be $1500 total and we will also give you a regular monthly online workshop as a bonus to help you get started in the learning.

The structure of these workshops is similar to the six week workshops. We do a few intro videos, then we test you on a topic. You can take the workshop as fast or as slow as you want. We will respond within 24 hours of getting the assignment from you with a personal response talking about your work and where it is strong and where weak.

Note: We are looking for strengths as well as holes, thus the name of the workshop. If we think you are doing something right, we will tell you.

Then there are three or so videos about that topic, then another test. Five tests in total per workshop, six sections.

Information about Regular Craft…

This workshop tests on numbers of critical areas, and with craft, often the areas overlap. We test on your ability to pull a reader into a story, on your characters, on cliffhangers, endings, and pacing your work. And that is just the regular craft. Craft two will go into much more depth I’ll talk about when it is finished.

Information about Regular Business…

This workshop tests on numbers of critical areas of the business of writing and publishing in this new world. We test on your knowledge of copyright, money management, business structure, time management, and wills. And that is just the regular business. Business two will go into much more depth such as corporations, taxes, hiring help, risk planning and so on.

Again, you can sign up at Teachable.com at


Or contact me directly to sign up for more than one and get the discounts and free online workshop.



  • Denise

    I want so much to do these workshops, if I can swing the money! I know that even though the craft workshops don’t apply (I write nonfiction), I’ll benefit from the business and sales modules.

    I’m wondering about my daughter and the craft workshops. She’s an 18yo writer just finishing up the 4th book in her fantasy serial, so we know she has a lot to learn. Her writing improved dramatically over the four books. She was planning to take the Depth workshop during summer break (using our Kickstarter credit). I know that depth is an area she needs to work on — we don’t need the strengths workshop to tell us that. So I imagine it would be good for her to do that workshop first, right?

    But if she does that, she might not have time to finish out the Strengths workshops until summer ’18, depending on her college schedule. Is that too far off to stretch these things? Or should we just consider that she has so much to learn in every area, she should just work her way through your regular workshop curriculum, one by one, as we find the time and cash?

    Also, as a mom, I’m feeling a bit protective. I believe she has strengths as a writer, but I know she also has much to learn in every area. I want her to be challenged but not discouraged. Will the workshop seem overwhelming for someone who is still a young beginner?

    • dwsmith


      You are correct. The strengths workshops would not be a good thing at this time for her. The Depth would be fine and see how she likes it from there.

      The strengths workshops are used for two reasons. First, to figure out where you are at in your writing, business, and sales. For your daughter, you already know. The second reason is to help chart out a game plan on study and focus in craft, business, and sales. Your daughter isn’t far enough along yet to be thinking in those terms. She will get there if she keeps interest and keeps writing. So depth and a few of the others online would be the best course. Your gut sense was right. Questions, feel free to e-mail me.