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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Oct 11, 2019

In this solo episode Mark talks about how authors can get their books into libraries in print, eBook and audiobook format.

He covers the topic by discussing the triple A's of: AVAILABILITY, AWARENESS, and ACQUISITION.

Prior to the main topic of this episode, Mark shares a word about the episode's sponsor Findaway Voices, which is suitably, all about how they can help authors get their audiobooks into libraries.

You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at


Mark then shares a few comments from recent episodes as well as a personal update that includes two of his non-fiction books about writing and publishing being included in a new NaNoWriMo themed Storybundle.

In his discussion of libraries, Mark talks about the following:

  • Ways that authors can get their books in to libraries in print, audio and eBook format
  • Questions that traditionally published authors should ask their publisher in relation to distribution to libraries
  • The difference within POD and returns as it pertains to the library buyers (as opposed to bookstore buyers)
  • Why he calls Amazon's KDP Print's "extended distribution" option "pretended distribution"
  • OverDrive and how they sell to library systems - including a talk about how authors can use to find their books and libraries
  • Online resources to help writers easily find library websites
  • The differences between the licensing model for selling digital assets (like eBooks and audiobooks) to libraries:  OCOU (One Copy, One User) and CPC (Cost Per Checkout)
  • Three important people to contact at the library when reaching out to them
  • The value of getting to know the local public library and being familiar with it
  • Why authors should consider the value that they are able to offer and bring to a particular library
  • The value of the Public Lending Right program in Canada and 29 other countries around the world to help authors with additional revenue opportunities
  • And more...


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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