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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Mar 14, 2019

In this episode, Mark interviews Adriel Wiggins about the behind the scenes support she provides authors as both a virtual assistant as well as a continuity editor.

Prior to the interview, Mark provides a short personal update and talks 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

In their chat, Mark and Adriel discuss:

  • The backstory of how Adriel got involved in becoming an author's virtual assistant
  • The random jobs she had been working at prior to taking editorial and VA type work
  • The different and unique tasks that each author Adriel works with use her for
  • What she looks for in terms of authors that she is interested in working with
  • How an author can determine if they are ready for a virtual assistant
  • Typical charges for a virtual assistant's various tasks
  • What continuity editing is and why it is important
  • The four types of editing (Developmental Editing, Copy/Line Editing, Proofreading, Continuity Editing)
  • The eggs benedict breakfast that James A Owen hosts at Superstars Writing Seminars
  • The importance of valuing yourself


After the interview, Mark reflects on the importance of valuing yourself and your time as a writer.

Links of Interest


Whether she is running her own business, tackling administrative duties at her local Christian school, or raising her family, Adriel Wiggins always seems to find herself the center of a situation in need of organization. Combining her passion for organization and optimization with her love of books, Adriel Wiggins now helps authors to streamline the non-writing aspects of managing a successful writing career. For more than four and a half years, she's balanced the in's and out's of book promotion, community growth, online marketing, and more for a growing roster of clients from around the world.


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