Category: How To Think Sideways

  • This is the price for a Short Courses Community membership.

    I’ll offer two ways to pay: PAYMENT PLAN PRICE: The price for a SHORT COURSES Membership is going to be $5 a month for six months. After the final payment, the student becomes a lifetime member at the SHORT COURSES level. At any point during the six months in which payments are being made, the…

  • What Would You Recommend About Joining the Writers’ Boot Camp Community?

    Since my last birthday, when I decided I was going back to writing full time, Margaret and I have been working on a way for folks who haven’t taken How to Think Sideways, How to Revise Your Novel, or How to Write A Series to join my private writers’ community. Professional Plot Outline is coming…

  • The Apple iBooks Author Issue: Small things, and large principles

    The short version: I have removed my books from sale on iBookstore because Apple has included a clause in software I don’t use and wouldn’t have used anyway a clause claiming the right to refuse publication on its platform of works created with this software (which is fine and I applaud their right) and further…

  • HTTS Students: Writers’ Self-Promotion Lesson now LIVE

    Lesson 13A is now live on your student page (if you are already to Lesson 13 or higher). Look for it in the lesson links at the top of your student page, right next to 13.  It will be either 13A or Thirteen-A, depending on the class you’re taking. This is an enormous lesson which…

  • A pic from my office: My path-to-freedom workboard

    If you’ve taken any of my courses (or read some of my more detail-oriented posts, you’ll recognize me as big on goal-setting, getting a plan in place, and making sure it’s where you can see it. So the day before yesterday, I erased all the short-term stuff off my office workboard, and put up my…

  • Now writing: How To Invent and Use Your EXCLUSIVE Self-Publishing Genre

    I’m now writing the first of the special Self-Publishing lessons for HTTS.  It’ll be Lesson 7 in the public course (Kindle-Nook-iTunes if possible-print).  And Lesson 6B in the Legacy course, because I’m a complete wuss and I don’t want to have to totally rebuild the entire course across 12 variations every time I add one…

  • Answers to the Eleven Big ‘I’m Quitting Teaching’ Questions

    I was overwhelmed by the number of responses to my 51st birthday post and the announcement I made about quitting teaching. In those responses, I ran across ten questions that needed a response everyone could read, and I realized there was one question no one had asked, but that desperately needed an answer. So I’ve…

  • Think Sideways Self-Publishers’ Bulletin

    Okay. How To Think Sideways for Self-Publishers is a go. I’ve figured out how to do it, how to keep the price way down, how to put it up on the big platforms (Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Createspace), and how to get the essentials like worksheets that won’t work in e-book readers into…

  • Heads Up on the Book That Changes Publishing

    Last week, like a zillion other writers, I received notice of the publication of John Locke’s How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in Five Months. I bought it. It fits PERFECTLY with How To Think Sideways and How To Revise Your Novel. I’ve been focusing heavily on teaching the traditional path to publishing because I’m…

  • Bracing For The Storm

    I’ve been doing HTTS Walkthrough prep and setup all week. Site set-up, lesson template setup, student set-up. Today I did workflow setup. Because I’m doing two projects at once, and because one is nonfiction and one is fiction, and because they are inextricably locked together like Siamese twins—and because both are MASSIVE projects, either of…