Stark Reflections On Writing And Publishing

Sinopse

Perspectives and reflections on the writing and publishing life. Mark Leslie Lefebvre, a writer, bookseller, digital publishing advocate, professional speaker, and publishing consultant explores inclusive and collaborative opportunities for writers and book publishing professionals via interviews, discussions, and reflections about the industry. (Mark's personal website is www.markleslie.ca)

Episódios

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 130 - Writing Through Change, Tragedy,  Trauma with Kevin J. Anderson

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 130 - Writing Through Change, Tragedy, & Trauma with Kevin J. Anderson

    17/04/2020 Duração: 01h13min

    In this episode Mark interviews author Kevin J. Anderson about dictating his first drafts, about adapting to change in the publishing industry and about writing through personal tragedy, grief, and trauma. Prior to the interview, Mark shares a personal update and goes into detail about the challenges he has faced with not being able to focus or write in the past several weeks, falling behind in several writing deadlines. But he talks about how he has continued to be creative, and that creators will always create. He shares a writing warm-up practice he has started again - writing parody lyrics to songs and poetry. He then shares the experience of doing that recently and collaborating with Liz, the opening and closing voice of the podcast, and his fiance. He shares the music video they created on Easter Sunday and how working on that project has reinvigorated his own creative spirit and energy; particularly as a reminder for the fact that the world needs writers, and the smiles this parody song and video have

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 129 - Bonus Episode - Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 129 - Bonus Episode - Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting

    14/04/2020 Duração: 18min

    In this additional "between episodes" addition, Mark shares a Medium article with the following important message. "From one citizen to another, I beg of you: take a deep breath, ignore the deafening noise, and think deeply about what you want to put back into your life. This is our chance to define a new version of normal, a rare and truly sacred (yes, sacred) opportunity to get rid of the bullshit and to only bring back what works for us, what makes our lives richer, what makes our kids happier, what makes us truly proud. We get to Marie Kondo the shit out of it all. We care deeply about one another. That is clear. That can be seen in every supportive Facebook post, in every meal dropped off for a neighbor, in every Zoom birthday party. We are a good people. And as a good people, we want to define — on our own terms — what this country looks like in five, 10, 50 years. This is our chance to do that, the biggest one we have ever gotten. And the best one we’ll ever get." The message is from the article "Prepa

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 128 - Healthy Home Workspaces with Roland Denzel

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 128 - Healthy Home Workspaces with Roland Denzel

    10/04/2020 Duração: 55min

    In this episode Mark shares a live chat with Roland Denzel, AKA the Indestructable Author, from April 2, 2020 about Strategies for a Healthy Home Workspace. Roland shares what people can do to maintain health and exercise with limited space and no equipment; fundamentals of creating an ergonomic workspace in your home, and much more. Prior to the interview, Mark shares a reflection on how he feels Covid-19 is going to become a major tipping point for the way that people consume books and move from print-book puritans to eReading adoptions. He also shares the fact that it's likely the major publishers are going to be forced to finally properly dip their toes into the eBook pool. Mark then shares comments from recent episodes and a word from this episode's sponsor.   You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway.   In their conversation, Mark and Roland talk about: Roland's background as a writer and health coach

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 127 - Consistency in Word Count  Publishing with Blaze Ward

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 127 - Consistency in Word Count & Publishing with Blaze Ward

    03/04/2020 Duração: 57min

    In this episode, Mark has an in depth conversation with author Blaze Ward. Blaze Ward writes science fiction in multiple universes. He also writes odd bits of high fantasy with swords and orcs. In addition, he is the Editor and Publisher of Boundary Shock Quarterly Magazine and many other magazines and publishing projects. Prior to the interview, Mark shares comments from recent episodes. He also announced the winner of the book and workbook for THREE STORY METHOD from J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon from a random selection of commenters from Episode 123. In addition, the Patreon winner is also announced. In their conversation Mark and Blaze discuss: When Blaze started to kick into full production schedule for his writing Writing 400,000 words a year while he was employed and working full time, and how he ramped it up to 100,000 words a month, which he has consistently reached for the past two years The daily/weekly schedule that Blaze keeps in order to write 4000 words a day Monday through Saturday The plan for

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 126 - Thanks for the Inspiration and the Laughs

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 126 - Thanks for the Inspiration and the Laughs

    28/03/2020 Duração: 35min

    Thanks for the Inspiration is a type of show that appears from time to time in the regular schedule for this podcast. As writers, we often absorb elements from the world, the places, and the people around us. We observe, we ask questions, we speculative, we listen, we watch, we feel, and we write so much of that down which gets re-integrated, like some sort of sausage creation, into the stories and words and worlds we share with our readers. Thanks for the Inspiration episodes are an attempt to acknowledge and say thanks to the people, places, and things that have helped to either feed the muse, or perhaps just to feed the very soul and makeup of the writer behind that writing. In this bonus episode of the podcast, Mark thanks the creative spirits who have produced musical parodies about Covid-19 and the current global situation. Because laughter is important.   Yes, these are dark times, but laughter is important. It connects people. And laughter has been shown to actually stimulate positive activity in a pe

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 125 - Simplifying, Streamlining,  Organizing with Janice Savage

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 125 - Simplifying, Streamlining, & Organizing with Janice Savage

    26/03/2020 Duração: 46min

    In this episode, Mark interviews Janice Savage, Savvy Concierge about strategies that enable work-life balance which translates into more personal time and less stress. Prior to the interview, Mark reads a word from this episode's sponsor, Findaway Voices... You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway. He then reads comments from recent episodes, reminding listeners they still have a chance to win a copy of THREE STORY METHOD and the accompanying workbook from J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon by commenting on Episode 123 before the end of March 2020. He also shares a brief personal update that includes the adaptation of the Career Author Summit in Nashville in May (where Mark is a featured speaker) to a virtual event, as well as being a guest on the Rebel Author Podcast with Sacha Black. In their conversation, Mark and Janice talk about: How Janice loves being in a position to do something to help other people, whi

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 124 - Lindsay Flanagan on Working with an Editor

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 124 - Lindsay Flanagan on Working with an Editor

    19/03/2020 Duração: 49min

    In this episode, Mark interviews Lindsay Flanagan, an editor that he had the privilege of working with. Prior to the interview, Mark shares a public service announcement from CDC regarding Covid-19, a number of comments from previous episodes, a new Patron (Katie), and injects a bit of a personal writing update in with those comments. Mark also reminds listeners of their chance to win a copy of THREE STORY METHOD from J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon by commenting on Episode 123 before the end of March 2020. He then shares a tip from this episode's sponsor, Findaway Voices... You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway.   In their conversation, Lindsay and Mark talk about: How Lindsay had always been into writing, studying English Language and Literature, how her career took her away from that, and her eventual return back to the world of writing and editing The role-flip that Lindsay and her husband took about who

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 123 - Three Story Method with J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 123 - Three Story Method with J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon

    13/03/2020 Duração: 41min

    Storytelling doesn't have to be complicated. In this episode, Mark chats with J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon about their new book THREE STORY METHOD which proves that storytelling can be straightforward. Bohannon and Thorn are successful co-authors, are the minds behind the Authors on a Train, Vampires of New Orleans, Sci-Fi Seattle, Night of the Writing Dead and Cleveland Rock Apocalypse writing retreats. They also launched their Career Author podcast in January 2018, the same week that the Stark Reflections Podcast was launched. Prior to the interview, Mark waxes poetic about the previous times J. and Zach were on the podcast, including episode 74, where Mark had shared details about how he had proposed to his girlfriend Liz on the 50th birthday during an Alicia Witt concert, with a song Alicia wrote for him to use for the occasion. He also shares a short clip from the chorus of the song. Mark then talks about working on getting a representative from Google Play Books to come on in a future episode, and reminds

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 122 - Evan Gow on StoryOrigin

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 122 - Evan Gow on StoryOrigin

    06/03/2020 Duração: 48min

    In this episode Mark interviews Evan Gow, founder of StoryOrigin, about the platform and the many tools and offerings it has for authors. Prior to the interview, Mark shares the two winners of the book TAKING THE SHORT TACK: Creating Income and Connecting with Readers Using Short Fiction written by Mark and Matty Dalrymple. One winner was randomly selected from those who left comments on Episode 116, and the other was select from among the patrons of the podcast. Mark then shares a word from this episode's sponsor, Findaway Voices... You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway. He then shares a personal update that includes writing projects, revised book covers, and the cancellation of the London Book Fair. In their conversation, Evan and Mark discuss: The origin of StoryOrigin, which started in high school and then a college entrepreneur program called "Three Day Startup" in Austin, Texas How Evan determined

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 121 - Reinventing Yourself and Currency for Everyone with Sir John Hargrave

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 121 - Reinventing Yourself and Currency for Everyone with Sir John Hargrave

    28/02/2020 Duração: 51min

    In this episode Mark interviews Sir John Hargrave, the author of MIND HACKING, SIR JOHN HARGRAVE'S MISCHIEF MAKER'S MANUAL and the bestselling book BLOCKCHAIN FOR EVERYONE. Prior to the interview, Mark discusses listener comments from recent episodes and also shares a word from this episode's sponsor, Findaway Voices... You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway. Mark offers a personal update in which he shares a writing tip gleaned from Dean Wesley Smith at the recent WMG Publishing anthology workshop in Vegas that Mark had been speaking at earlier in the week. He also shares the result of this year's PLR Program (Public Lending Right Program) check. In their discussion John and Mark chat about: The origin (which was a prank) where the name Sir John Hargrave came from The concept of reinventing yourself and how John went from being a human author to a geeky self-help author, to discussing rebuilding the glo

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 120 - Writing All The Things WIth Leah Cutter

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 120 - Writing All The Things WIth Leah Cutter

    21/02/2020 Duração: 44min

    In this episode, Mark has a chat with Leah Cutter who writes page-turning, wildly imaginative fiction set in exotic locations, such as a magical New Orleans, the ancient Orient, rural Kentucky, Seattle, Minneapolis, and many others. Prior to the main episode content, Mark shares a quick personal update that includes details related to his writing income for 2019. 2019 Writing Income 64.97% Self Published 15.03% Traditional Publishing 20.00% Mixed Self and Trad He also shares a word about this episode's sponsor, Findaway Voices... You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway. In their discussion Leah and Mark discuss: Leah's choice of doing the interview and some writing at a local coffee shop How Leah does the majority of her writing during the week in the tiny house she lives and works in during the week Leah's 8 year old document that stated that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer The way that Leah o

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 119 - Super Reflections on Superstars Writing Seminars 2020

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 119 - Super Reflections on Superstars Writing Seminars 2020

    14/02/2020 Duração: 39min

    In this episode Mark shares a few tidbits from the 2020 Superstars Writing Seminars conference held in early February in Colorado Springs. Prior to the main episode content, he shares a personal update about his writing (or lack thereof) as well as a few comments from listeners from previous episodes. Just before the main topic, Mark shares a word about this episode's sponsor, Findaway Voices... You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway. In this episode, Mark discusses things that were mentioned by the following instructors/attendees of the conference during various presentations and panels. Nick Thacker Michael Anderle Brian Meeks Tara Cremin Kevin Ikenberry Rebecca Moesta James A. Owen Kevin J. Anderson Mark mentions that this is just the tip of the iceberg of the amazing content that was packed into several days for this conference. He closes by reflecting upon the Rush lyrics that opened out the episod

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 118 - Wish Id Known Then WIth Jami Albright and Sara Rosett

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 118 - Wish I'd Known Then WIth Jami Albright and Sara Rosett

    06/02/2020 Duração: 01h16s

    This episode features a conversation with Jami Albright and Sara Rosett. Jami is the multiple award-winning author of the Brides on the Run series–a fun, sexy, snarky, laugh-out-loud good time. USA Today and Audible bestselling author Sara Rosett writes lighthearted mysteries with atmospheric settings, fun characters, and puzzling whodunit. The two are the best of friends, and Mark talks with them about their writing, their friendship, and their new podcast Wish I'd Known Then for Writers. Prior to the interview, Mark shares an audiobook marketing tip from this episode's sponsor, Findaway Voices... You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway. Mark then shares a personal update, which includes: Flying to Colorado Springs for the 2020 Superstars Writing Seminars where he is a returning guest instructor The release (on Feb 4th) of TAKING THE SHORT TACK (a book on how writers can leverage short fiction for market

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 117 - Multi-Layered Collaboration with Kerrie Flanagan, Chuck Harrelson, and MacLeod Andrews

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 117 - Multi-Layered Collaboration with Kerrie Flanagan, Chuck Harrelson, and MacLeod Andrews

    31/01/2020 Duração: 54min

    Mark has a conversation with Kerrie Flanagan and Chuck Harrelson who are collaborating yet again under the author name C.G. Harris, and their mutual collaboration with audiobook narrator MacLeod Andrews. They discuss the book The Nine, which is the first book in The Judas Files series, which is narrated by MacLeod, a multi-award-winning narrator. Prior to the conversation, Mark shares a few personal updates, which include: Heading to Colorado to attend Superstars Writing Seminars as a guest instructor the first week of February A forthcoming two hour keynote he has been booked into for the spring A virtual talk he'll be doing at one conference in Alberta while he is attending another conference in Colorado Mark then shares a word from this episode's sponsor, Findaway Voices... You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway. In the interview, Mark, Kerrie, Chuck and MacLeod talk about: The origin of Kerrie and

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 116 - Taking the Short Tack with Matty Dalrymple

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 116 - Taking the Short Tack with Matty Dalrymple

    24/01/2020 Duração: 01h08min

    Mark has a conversation with Matty Dalrymple about her new collaborative book project. Matty is the author of the Lizzy Ballard Thrillers and the Ann Kinear Suspense Novels. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Brandywine Valley Writers Group. She lives with her husband Wade and their three loveable puppies in Chester County, Pennsylvania, which is the setting for two of her Lizzy Ballard Thrillers. Prior to the interview Mark shares comments from recent episodes and reminds listeners of the chance to win prizes for leaving comments on recent episodes thanks to his amazing patrons. Then he shares a word from this episode's corporate sponsor, Findaway Voices... You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway. In their conversation, Mark and Matty talk about: How and why they both got into writing short fiction Their experiences with collaboration

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 115 - Embracing the Indie Author Mindset with Adam Croft

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 115 - Embracing the Indie Author Mindset with Adam Croft

    16/01/2020 Duração: 55min

    In this episode Mark interviews Adam Croft and talks about the important and significant change in Adam's mindset that allowed him to become a successful best-selling author. Prior to the interview, Mark shares a marketing/release strategy tip from this episode's sponsor, Findaway Voices... You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway. Mark then shares and talks about some of the comments from Episode 113 and reminds listeners of the chance to win a copy of Joanna Penn's PRODUCTIVITY FOR AUTHORS by commenting on that episode show notes at www.starkreflections.ca by Jan 31, 2020. Within that comment talk, he shares a short clip from a podcast he had started in 2006 (and then abandoned in 2011 after only 18 episodes) called Prelude to a Scream.   In their conversation, Mark and Adam talk about: How long it took to plan out the interview (based on both Mark and Adam being disorganized) The beginning of Adam's jou

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 114 - Thanks for the Inspiration: Neil Peart

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 114 - Thanks for the Inspiration: Neil Peart

    14/01/2020 Duração: 48min

    Thanks for the Inspiration is a type of show that appears from time to time in the regular schedule for this podcast. As writers, we often absorb elements from the world, the places, and the people around us. We observe, we ask questions, we speculative, we listen, we watch, we feel, and we write so much of that down which gets re-integrated, like some sort of sausage creation, into the stories and words and worlds we share with our readers. Thanks for the Inspiration episodes are an attempt to acknowledge and say thanks to the people, places, and things that have helped to either feed the muse, or perhaps just to feed the very soul and makeup of the writer behind that writing. In this particular episode, Mark thanks Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for RUSH and writer, for the way his work has repeatedly inspired him over the decades. This episode is sponsored by the Patrons of the Stark Reflections Podcast via patreon.com/starkreflections In his reflective thanks, Mark shares the influence that Neil Peart h

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 113 - Productivity for Authors

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 113 - Productivity for Authors

    10/01/2020 Duração: 01h06min

    This episode features a live webinar panel discussion that Mark moderated with authors: M Jane Colette Tracy Cooper-Posey Andrea Pearson Talena Winters ...who have all mastered productivity in different ways. As Mark attempts to learn more about how to be a productive author, he asks questions and solicits tips from these masters. This episode is sponsored by Findaway Voices. You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway. Prior to the panel discussion on productivity, Mark shares a recent comment as well as a brief personal update. In the discussion, the following questions and more get discussed: Why is productivity important? Is it important for someone to be productive? How do you measure productivity? How do you figure out the best time of day that works for you to be productive? What tools are effective in helping with your productivity? How do you find time to write when you have conflicting priorities,

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 112 - 2019 Goals and Sales Reflections

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 112 - 2019 Goals and Sales Reflections

    03/01/2020 Duração: 38min

    Mark takes a look at his 2019 goals compared with his accomplishments for the year and also shares the %'s of his eBook, audio, and print sales for his indie published books in 2019. Prior to the main content, Mark shares some recent comments and emails received. He also talks about a forthcoming live webinar he will be hosting featuring: M Jane Colette, Tracy Cooper-Posey, Andrea Pearson, and Talena Winters talking about productivity for 2020 (On Monday Jan 6, 2020). This episode is sponsored by Findaway Voices. You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway. Mark thanks Lindsay Buroker for joining the team of Patrons supporting the show over at Patreon.com/starkreflections. In the main content, Mark reviews his 2019 goals and discusses the fact that he only achieved one of those items on his list. He then looks at the things he DID accomplish in 2019 that weren't on the initial list. And he follows that with ou

  • Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 111 - Progression

    Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing EP 111 - Progression

    27/12/2019 Duração: 13min

    In this episode, Mark shares the chapter on Progression from his book The 7 P's of Publishing Success. The introduction is very brief because, as Mark explains, he has been hit hard with a nasty flu virus.   You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at starkreflections.ca/Findaway.   Links of Interest: The 7 P's of Publishing Success Findaway Voices Patreon for Stark Reflections   The music for this podcast (“Laser Groove”) was composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com and is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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