Think Like a Publisher Classic Workshop

Knowing how to think like a publisher will help you grow your indie writing business.

Writers in 2018 not only must deal with their writing business, but they must learn to think like a publisher for sales, promotion, production, schedules, getting help, and so much more.

Thinking like a publisher is a skill most writers haven’t yet learned.

And they need to. Desperately.

We do a workshop called Business which is for writers and their writing business. We don’t talk in that workshop about how to build a publishing business. This workshop is how to build a publishing business right from the ground up. Even if you have no intention of outgrowing your own laptop, you need this workshop to understand how the modern world of publishing works and thinks.

This workshop will incorporate elements of common sense business, from how to promote a book to how to set up a business for taxes to how to understand what a book actually costs to produce. And so much more. Tons more.

If you fear business, you are holding yourself and your writing back. Making money is fun when it comes from your writing, but you need to know how to deal with the money and how to even know if your business is profitable, no matter the size.

This workshop goes hand-in-hand with the Business for Writers workshop we do, as well as the Sales Copy workshop. But you do not need to take the other two to take this one. And if you have taken the other ones, then this will add even more.

This is the nuts and bolts of thinking like a publisher.

If you ever saw my book Think Like a Publisher 2012 and wondered when I was going to update it, this is the update. This new world of publishing has gotten so complex, it is beyond one simple book at the moment.

A workshop for those who want to learn more about how to be a publisher and think like a publisher in 2018.

No matter what is said in the video, this is a classic workshop, so please do not send in any assignments. But it is a good idea to do them for yourself to get the most out of the workshop.

Your Instructor

Dean Wesley Smith
Dean Wesley Smith

With over twenty-three million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith now brings you original fiction every month for the past three years in his own magazine, Smith’s Monthly.

Dean wrote over twenty-five original Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, plus Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man novels, and others. He wrote many gaming novels including Final Fantasy.

He wrote novels and stories under almost fifty pen names and did scripts for Hollywood as well as being an editor for various magazines. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch. You can follow his writing life at

Course Curriculum

  Introduction to Think Like a Publisher Classic Workshop
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
For lectures and classic workshops, the course starts now and stays on your dashboard for as long as you like! They are completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. For the monthly regular workshops, each has a start date and each week's lectures will appear on the same day. After the course is finished it will remain on your dashboard for as long as you like.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Who do I contact about the course?
If you have any questions at all about anything in a course, simply email Dean with the word "workshop" in the subject line. His email is [email protected]

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