This is going to be a busy month for USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith. With three new releases coming (starting tomorrow with Dean’s latest nonfiction book), Dean’s fans will have plenty to read in March. And if you haven’t read Dean’s work yet? Now’s a great time to start.

Heinleins Rules ebook cover web 284With almost 150 novels and many more short stories, Smith knows a thing or two about writing. And in the latest WMG Writer’s Guide—Heinlein’s Rules: Five Simple Business Rules for Writing—he shares how those five simple but hard to follow guidelines have helped shape his writing career.

Here’s the synopsis:

With more than a hundred published novels and more than seventeen million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith follows five simple business rules for writing fiction. And now, he shares how those rules helped shape his successful career.

In this WMG Writer’s Guide, Dean takes you step-by-step through Heinlein’s Rules and shows how following those rules can change your writing—and career—for the better.

Simple rules, yet deceptively hard to follow. Do you have the courage to take a hard look at your writing process and follow Heinlein’s Rules? Dean shows you how.

If you’re a writer, you will certainly want to pick this one up. But even if you’re not, Heinlein’s Rules provides a fascinating story behind the stories for Dean’s career.

Here’s a sample from Dean’s introduction:

[After reading Heinlein’s Rules,] I finally understood completely what I had been doing wrong for seven long years. And why my first two stories had sold.


So on January 1st, 1982, I made a resolution to write a story per week, following Heinlein’s Rules, and mail the story and keep it in the mail.

I wrote 44 stories that first year and started selling regularly in early 1983 and have never looked back.

And stayed focused on those five rules to this day.

Heinlein’s Rules will be available in ebook and trade paperback tomorrow. For a full list of the WMG Writer’s Guides, click here.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.