Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, with more than 30 million books sold, writer Dean Wesley Smith published far more than a hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds of short stories across many genres.

At the moment he produces novels in several major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the Old West, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, a superhero series starring Poker Boy, a mystery series featuring the retired detectives of the Cold Poker Gang, and the Mary Jo Assassin series.

His monthly magazine, Smith's Monthly, which consists of only his own fiction, premiered in October 2013 and offers readers more than 70,000 words per issue, including a new and original novel every month.

During his career, Dean also wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds. Writing with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch under the name Kathryn Wesley, he wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and other books for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.

He wrote novels under dozens of pen names in the worlds of comic books and movies, including novelizations of almost a dozen films, from The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown.

Dean also worked as a fiction editor off and on, starting at Pulphouse Publishing, then at VB Tech Journal, then Pocket Books, and now at WMG Publishing, where he and Kristine Kathryn Rusch serve as series editors for the acclaimed Fiction River anthology series.

For more information about Dean's books and ongoing projects, please visit his website at

The Pop-Up Series Workshop: Fear of Success by Dean Wesley Smith

#21…Fear of Success: Learning How Fear of Success Holds You Back

Most writers do not even realize they are being held back by a simple fear of success. Often this comes from how we are raised or our expectations of being a writer.

Fear of Success is also a major driving force for the critical voice in all of us.

This Pop-up will give you all sorts of tricks, hints, and plans to help you successfully learn how to deal with your fear of success, no matter the level.


To match our themes on success, WMG Publishing has given us a pop-up workshop on the ways to overcome the fear of success that plagues so many of us. This pop-up workshop is worth $150, making the Storybundle on this alone an incredible bargain. – Kristine Kathryn Rusch