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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Jan 10, 2020

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.

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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, such as a day job or a busy/demanding family life?

After the conversation, Mark asks listeners to share their own reflections on what they learned, or perhaps their own unique tip on productivity.

All listeners who comment on the episode show notes over at for Episode 113 will be entered into a chance to win either a hardcover or paperback (their choice) copy of Joanna Penn's Productivity for Authors.

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M Jane Colette writes tragedy for people who like to laugh, comedy for the melancholy, and erotica for men and women who like their fantasies real. She believes rules and hearts were made to be broken; ditto the constraints of genres. The result? “A whole new sub-genre of her own… social realist erotica that’s frenetic and complex and funny and very well observed.”

Tracy Cooper-Posey is a #1 Best Selling Author. She writes romantic suspense, historical, paranormal and science fiction romance. She has published over 100 novels since 1999, been nominated for five CAPAs including Favourite Author, and won the Emma Darcy Award.

Andrea Pearson - Andrea is the author of many full-length novels (the Kilenya Chronicles, Mosaic Chronicles, and Koven Chronicles), and several novellas. Writing is the chocolate of her life - it is, in fact, the only thing she ever craves. Being with her husband and kids, family, and close friends is where she's happiest, and she loves thunderstorms, the ocean, hiking, public speaking, painting, and traveling.

Talena Winters writes page-turning fiction for teens and adults in multiple genres including young adult, urban fantasy, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction. She loves travel, music, whole food, sewing, knitting, reading, and chocolate. She is addicted to tea and silver linings. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up.


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