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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Feb 6, 2020

This episode features a conversation with Jami Albright and Sara Rosett.

Jami is the multiple award-winning author of the Brides on the Run series–a fun, sexy, snarky, laugh-out-loud good time. USA Today and Audible bestselling author Sara Rosett writes lighthearted mysteries with atmospheric settings, fun characters, and puzzling whodunit.

The two are the best of friends, and Mark talks with them about their writing, their friendship, and their new podcast Wish I'd Known Then for Writers.

Prior to the interview, Mark shares an audiobook marketing tip from this episode's sponsor, Findaway Voices...

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Mark then shares a personal update, which includes:

  • Flying to Colorado Springs for the 2020 Superstars Writing Seminars where he is a returning guest instructor
  • The release (on Feb 4th) of TAKING THE SHORT TACK (a book on how writers can leverage short fiction for marketing and revenue), which he co-authored with Matty Dalrymple

He then announces the winners of two different prizes that were randomly drawn from listeners who left comments on two previous episodes as well as patrons of the show who support the podcast over at

During their conversation, Jami, Sara, and Mark discuss:

  • How they first got into writing, and their unique entrances and pathways into the writing world, as well as the unique genres they write in
  • The runaway bride trope/theme in romantic comedy and the potential double standard of runaway groom not being as popular
  • The cozy mystery genre and the way certain readers have specific preferences for how a series is structured
  • What it would take for either of them to say "yes" to a traditional publishing contract
  • Why a traditional publisher wouldn't be able to afford an advance for what Jami makes in a money off of her indie eBook sales
  • How Sara ended up with POD print titles in a bookstore and how she managed returns with a returnable status for the US and Canada only and non-returnable for the rest of world
  • How Sara and Jami first met at the Smarter Artist Conference in Austin, TX and learned that they both lived in Austin about ten minutes away from one another
  • The ongoing "ladies that lunch" they participate in, often with other local writers
  • The importance of having other writer friends
  • Why they both enjoy attending writer gatherings and writer conferences
  • The origin of the new podcast that Jami and Sara started called Wish I'd Known Then for Writers
  • What they each wish they'd know then, before they got into writing


After the interview, Mark reflects on something Sara mentioned about changes in the industry. Be warned, attentive listener, because Mark uses that as an excuse to quote Rush lyrics.  ;)


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Jami Albright is a born and raised Texas girl and is the multiple award-winning author of The Brides on the Run series--a fun, sexy, snarky, laugh-out-loud good time. If you don't snort with laughter, then she hasn't done her job.

USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett writes lighthearted mysteries for readers who enjoy atmospheric settings, fun characters, and puzzling whodunits. Sara loves all things bookish, considers dark chocolate a daily requirement


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