• Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    COLLECTION CLASSES 2023

    INCLUDES 2021, 2022, AND 2023 CLASSES I am in the process of launching two or three of these a night. So they will be appearing on Teachable as this week and into next week. There are 24 choices of Collection Classes including six new in 2023. Each class is 9 weeks long and you write five stories, do titles and blurbs and covers and publish the collection by the end of the nine weeks. If you turn in all nine assignments (5 are stories) you get credit for a Pop-Up of your choice. The title of the class is the theme of the collection, but no genre restrictions at all.…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    Cool Collections Workshops Starting in March

    Four Different Collections Workshops They last nine weeks, you write five stories, I help you put the entire book together and the week #9 assignment is that you publish the collection that didn’t even exist before you started the class. Great fun!! And yes, by putting in the code MidWinter, you get them for half price. Also, if you hit every assignment and publish on the last day, you get a Pop-Up Credit worth $150.00 So this is a fantastic deal, especially during the sale. Collection Classes focus for March/April are SPIES RELATIONSHIPS FANTASY HEROES/HEROINES Relationships can be about any kind of relationship, not just romance. Remember, during the nine…

  • Challenge,  workshops

    All Collection Classes Now Available

    And Both Bundles of Each Year’s Classes Collection Classes are nine weeks long and you end up publishing a collection based on the theme in the 9th week. We do six different classes per year. The six from last year that are all available again in 2022 are: Portals, Heroes and Heroines, Private Eyes, Holiday, Fantasy, and Relationships. The new six for 2022 will also extend into 2023 if you miss one… I will be putting up other sessions later in the week. Right now just the first sessions are up. The new collection classes are: Pets, Spies, Space Opera, Thieves, Dynasty, and Time Travel. In these classes you learn…

  • Challenge,  On Writing

    Three Weeks Until The First of the Year

    I’m Excited to Be Started… Now that I finally decided on the challenge, I’m really excited to be going, and more than likely will write some practice stories over the next weeks just to get back into the feeling. And I still got some bookkeeping to get into place, something easy every day to keep track of things. And next Monday the Motivational Mondays start. Two extra Mondays in December for the first quarter of the year and the videos will be motivational about setting goals and challenges and such. And the positives in them. I am going to use these Motivational Mondays to help myself a lot along the…

  • Challenge,  publishing

    Having Fun With Collections

    Going to Do Seven or Eight… I had ten collections planned for my 70 books in my 70th year. I did two earlier in the year, then just forgot about these others until Allyson at WMG reminded me a few months back and told me they had them on the schedule to be published toward the end of October. Oh, oh… I have so many short stories, I have a couple of issues. First, I can’t remember what a story is about without looking at it. Second out of a choice of around 300 short stories that are already in print, mostly in Smith’s Monthly, or other WMG publications, and…

  • Challenge,  Fun Stuff,  Smiths Monthly

    Collections

    Of My Own Stories… I have 51 Issues of Smith’s Monthly published and #52 turned in. Those are, in a way, collections, since it is all my work. Novels, nonfiction, short stories, and so on. But I have also been maintaining a spread sheet of all the short stories I have published in Smith’s Monthly. The spread sheet is so I don’t duplicate any story and I have about 240 stories on that spread sheet. (Found a Poker Boy story tonight not published in there, but in one of my two Poker Boy collections.) Yes, I have two Poker Boy collections. They are called PLAYING A HUNCH and LUCK BE…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Holy Smokes!!! Was That Fun!!!

    And a Lot of Work… Tonight, for the last three hours straight, without a break, I have been doing a master class in putting collections together. That’s right, tonight I finished up putting sixty of my science fiction stories into six volumes. Kris had already done hers and she had already divided her stories up into the six volumes and sort of labeled then with a rough idea header that she used. But as those of you who watched the video on the Kickstarter can tell, Kris’s idea of a rough header and mine do not often match in thinking. But I did the best I could since she got…

  • Challenge,  publishing

    Cover Fun

    Got Playing Around… I’m going to be putting out some collections this spring and through the summer and fall, so tonight I got playing around with some covers. I managed to do both of these, both wrap for paperback (except for spine… got to have page count first) and epub covers. It took me just slightly over 45 minutes to do both, and that included finding the art work, which is always the hardest part in my opinion. So thought you might like to see two of my collections that will be out over the next month or so. I’ll do more covers later for more collections. The first collection…

  • Challenge,  Kickstarter Campaign,  publishing

    Colliding Worlds Kickstarter Doing Great!

    Hit Second Stretch Goal… And headed for the third. Kris and I are very pleased because we really love this idea of having a joint set of collections. Five books with fifty of her stories and fifty of mine to make 100 science fiction stories in total. That’s right, all science fiction. And all types of science fiction. All with the title Colliding Worlds. All of these have been published before, but I guarantee not one person out there besides the crew at WMG Publishing will have read them all. Or even a quarter of the 100 stories. Some of mine have only seen print in early volumes of Smith’s…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    Five Story Collections

    A Brand New Series of Classes… Okay, this is not official yet, but here is what Kris and I are thinking for the Collection Class Series. This is the really fun idea that has popped up a bunch of times since the summer. This would not be part of the regular workshop classes or subscription, but something very different and you will see why. But the upshot is that by the end of the class, you will have published a five-story collection you didn’t have going into the class. Here is. the structure of each class in general. A nine week class. (Yes, I said nine weeks.) And each week…