Sometimes i don't even make any money. For example, on July 18th I'm teaching a class on plotting as a fundraiser for Write Around Portland. It costs $35 and all the money goes to the organization.
This year, I've also taught that class for Left Coast Crime and for Oregon Literary Arts. A few years ago, I taught a class on how to start a series.
Well, one of the guys who was in that class, Curtis C. Chen, came up to me after my signing at Powells, and told me he had just made a two-book deal and had been going over the old notes from my series class to help him approach his series.
And then today, I saw that another one of my old students, Lisa Alber, had also made a deal:
And last year, Cindy Brown, a woman from one of my original classes who went on to be my friend, made a three-book deal. The first book, MacDeath, is laugh-out-loud funny (a rare thing) and I'm in the middle of reading an advance copy of her second, The Sound of Murder, which is even funnier.