• Challenge,  Fun Stuff

    A Fun Bunch of Covers…

    All Smith’s Monthly Covers in One Place… You really might want to check this out. Something I am very proud of. All 65 issues of Smith’s Monthly in one place. https://wmgpublishinginc.com/smiths-monthly-magazine/ Just go there and scroll down. I found it pretty amazing and I did them all. Four or five original short stories in every issue and a bunch of novels, non-fiction, and other stuff. I do a new issue every month and I still find it head-shaking that I am doing this. On another topic, this blog is short because I have to be up at 6:30 am tomorrow morning (yes, I don’t normally go to bed until 3…

  • Challenge,  Cover Fun,  Smiths Monthly

    Last Bits of Smith’s Monthly #63

    Just Finishing SMITH’S MONTHLY #63 Up Tonight… Fun thing to do on a Friday night. As many of you know, I do all the layout of the magazine, and every month I have a blast with it. There are four original stories in this issue, plus another collection of stories and the novel that is the header of this web site. MELODY RIDGE, which is a combination Jukebox Novel and Thunder Mountain Novel. It is the origin story of all my jukebox stories. So I wanted to put the collection of the short stories, with how the jukebox stories came about, and how thirty years after I started them I…

  • Challenge,  Smiths Monthly,  Uncategorized

    Smith’s Monthly #62

    Laying It Out Now… June issue. It will be out later in the month. Yes, issue #62 of a monthly magazine that has about 70,000 or so words in it every month. All written by me. No one else. Do the math. That’s is over 800,000 words per year in just Smith’s Monthly, not counting anything else I do. Except for a light copyedit and the actual loading to the accounts, I do everything else on this magazine. I do all the covers for the short stories and the rest of the contents and the magazine itself. I do the layout into trade paper in a two-column format in InDesign.…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  Smiths Monthly

    Getting Things Cleaned Up

    Licensing Next Week… So got to get a lot of things done ahead of time this weekend. That includes getting Smith’s Monthly #61 laid out and back to WMG so they can fire it out. And recording what I need to record for the week. Tomorrow (Saturday) I will post some recordings in the Master Business Class on the how and the why of the Licensing Expo and details about the WMG Suite. So watch for that later tomorrow. And I did a bunch of business stuff today to get it all out of the way as well. Allyson will be here Sunday, which is the first time in 2.5…

  • Challenge,  publishing,  Smiths Monthly

    Smith’s Monthly #53 Published

    I Got a Little Carried Away… This monthly issue has 85,000 words in it. Yikes. Since I am working on another new Thunder Mountain novel, I thought I would put the very first one in this issue, along with nine short stories (four new, five in the serialization of Stories from July. The first Thunder Mountain novel (called simply THUNDER MOUNTAIN) was actually in Issue #2 of Smith’s Monthly in November 2013 with a very different cover on it. So anyway, thought I would note the publication today of Issue #53 of Smith’s Monthly.  All 85,000 words of it. Yikes!! Here is the link to the page on WMG Publishing.…

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    I Hope Everyone Had a Chance At The Sale…

    I Tried to Answer Questions Quickly… On request of two people, I will leave the half-price discount code in place until I get up tomorrow morning around 10 am west coast time in case someone missed something. Then the sale will be done. Kris and I and everyone at WMG Publishing really hope the sale helped and the classes will help your writing and publishing down the road. Speaking of classes, Kris and I just finished putting together the last two Pop-Ups from the Pulphouse Kickstarter and all five Pop-Ups from the stretch rewards will be sent out on the 31st. Also, I will be contacting everyone who signed up…

  • Challenge,  Fun Stuff,  Kickstarter Campaign

    Worked All Day On Kickstarter and Move

    And I Also Put Together an Issue of Smith’s Monthly… And finished a novella. Yeah, sort of a busy day. (Giant understatement.) With Kris’s pushing to keep us on schedule, we spent part of a second day just sorting art. I didn’t realize just how many signed pieces of art we have, not counting things like monster movie posters (originals in good shape) from the 1960s. (I will sell those eventually.) And maybe a good 100 Pulp magazine cover art, reproduced on cloth. All going to storage. So much of our even signed art is just going into storage. We have a stunning amount of room for art in our…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  Smiths Monthly

    Putting Together Issue #50…

    … Of Smith’s Monthly Just did part of the introduction tonight and will have all the story introductions done tomorrow and the entire project turned into WMG for copyediting. I will get it back toward the end of the month for me to lay-out in InDesign. Then it will come out in electronic and paper in the middle of June. I did 44 issues without missing a month, then when Kris got sick and we had to do the sudden move down here to Vegas, I put the magazine on hiatus. Then, after a couple “I want to start…” and the world saying “Nope,” I finally started it again in…

  • Cave Creek,  Challenge,  Smiths Monthly

    Smith’s Monthly #48…

    Now Published… This one has the short novel in it, CARD SHARP SILVER: A Cave Creek Novel. Here is the blurb… ———– More than fifty-five thousand words of original fiction from USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith. Introducing Card Sharp Silver, a novel in the new Cave Creek series, a shared world “Where the Unexpected Meets the Real World.” Also included are five new short stories in some of Smith’s most popular series: “Whistle for Help: A Marble Grant Story”, “Half a Clue: A Cold Poker Gang Short Story”, “Remembering the Last Laughter: A Bryant Street Story”, “Cat in a Hole: A Pakhet Jones Story”, and “Pleasing Pearl: A Sky…

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    Proud of Smith’s Monthly Restart

    I Got the First Three in Paper… January, February, and March issues of Smith’s Monthly Magazine are in my hands in paper. April issue will ship near the middle of the month. So thought I would goof around for a minute, take a few pictures, and post them here of the first three issues from this year. I do all the layout for the paper editions. Including a ton of ads all the way through. It is a two-column format and takes me about ten hours a month total to lay them out, do the covers for the short stories and the wrap cover for the magazine, and put in…