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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Sep 8, 2022

Mark interviews Rebecca Eckler, journalist, bestselling author and the founder of RE: Books.

Prior to the main segment, Mark shares a personal update, reads listener comments, and announces the patron winner of the Dialogue Doctor Masterclass

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During their conversation Mark and Rebecca talk about about:

  • The concept of retirement when it relates to writing
  • Feeling "done" after publishing 10 books with the big publishing houses
  • The concept of helping younger aspiring female authors
  • Haters being a person's best motivator
  • While Rebecca believes that publishing needs a makeover
  • Spending an afternoon outside a bookstore in order to better understand why people purchased the books they picked up that day
  • The pathetically low average advances that are being offered by publishers and how Rebecca is using a different model
  • The features that Rebecca includes on her blog/newsletter
  • Rebecca's focus on wanting to help prop up Canadian female authors
  • Hosting the annual #writeaway summer contest
  • How most traditional publishers do all the work preparing a book but only publicize a handful of their books
  • And more...

After the interview Mark reflects on Rebecca's focus on readers and propping up Canadian female authors, and the fixin' that is needed in the publishing industry.

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In addition to being one of Canada’s most well-known journalists, Rebecca Eckler is an international bestselling author. She’s penned 10 books, including the famous Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-Be, Wiped! Life with a Pint-Sized Dictator, Toddlers Gone Wild, How to Raise a Boyfriend, Mommy Mob, and her most recent success, Blissfully Blended Bullsh*t.

Eckler lives in Toronto with her two kids: Rowan and Holt. When she’s not writing or working on re:books, you can find her sharing her brutally honest opinions on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.



The introductory, end, and bumper music for this podcast (“Laser Groove”) was composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of and is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0