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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Jan 18, 2019

In the episode Mark interviews Donna Cook who has published over a dozen books in two genres. She writes epic fantasy under her own name and writes contemporary romance as Jordyn White.

Donna talks not only about her writing life as both Donna and Jordyn, but also offers up advice on the important topic of Cash Flow for Writers.

Before the interview, Mark shares a word about this episode's sponsor, Findaway Voices . . .

. . . which includes their recent announcement of two new international distribution options: MLOL and AudiobooksNZ.

You can read more about that here: Findaway Blog.

Mark provides a personal update and also welcomes new patron Pranathi K.

In their interview, Mark and Donna talk about:

  • The fact that writers and creative types don't often talk about money
  • Donna's eye-opening experience understanding the importance of her relationship to money
  • The importance of applying her financial know-how to her author business
  • The basic principles of understanding money flow and cash flow
  • The additional costs of charging and using credit
  • Where people can go to find more information about cash flow via Donna's course and Excel tool:
  • The difference between the creative writer Donna Cook and the romance author Jordyn White
  • The fact that Donna can write contemporary romance faster than she can write epic fantasy
  • The satisfaction that comes with the regular production of creative writing
  • The eclectic music that Donna listens to when she is writing
  • The Wonder Woman sound-track and accompanying poster in Donna's "power woman" room
  • The "no need to sign up" ability to read a complete book right online that Donna has recently created and how it removes a barrier for readers
  • The "Writer CEO" one day conference Donna and her colleague Colleen are running in Sept 2019 in Boise, Idaho
  • The fact that Donna will be presenting at NINC in the fall of 2019
  • How Donna divides up the different writing, coaching and teaching work she does in order to make her writing time more effective
  • The advice Donna would give herself when she was first starting up, including the importance of patience

After the interview, Mark reflects on the importance of patience, and the hard work and blood and sweat and tears that writers put in behind the scenes.

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