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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Dec 30, 2022

Mark talks with Elizabeth Ann West about her writing and using AI tools such as Sudowrite for intriguing new types of collaborations.

Prior to the interview, Mark shares a comments from recent episodes, a personal update, and a word about this episode's sponsor.

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During their conversation Mark and Elizabeth talk about:

  • Elizabeth's start in indie publishing back in the "early days" of self-publishing
  • The Jane Austin Fan Fiction that Elizabeth writes for a living
  • The panic in the writing community with the dropping of chatGPT (GPT = Generative Pre-trained Transformer)
  • What Public Domain content is and a look at the grey area of AI generated content and copyright
  • Changes to Public Domain and copyright law related to Disney and Mickey Mouse
  • How Public Domain is really important to culture
  • Some of the areas where AI has already been integrated into the tools we use as writers and just in general
  • AI as a robotic co-writer that you can lean on as an author
  • Sudowrite and how it's based on a UNIX command called "Super Do" and not "pseudo" making you the super user
  • How as the human in this equation, you are the "creative director" still responsible for all of the final writing, the research, the voice, etc
  • How prompts work within Sudowrite and the way authors can be very specific with them
  • The importance of authors being unique and creative when creating their prompts
  • How the AI works within the context of the most recent segment of the document an author is working within
  • The idea that's in development of performing something like a "fine tune"
  • A bit of the tech about how "tokens" work within the technology
  • Playing within "Open AI Playground"
  • How much time a tool like Sudowrite can help writers with outlining and summarizing a chapter
  • Simulating readers reacting to a piece of writing
  • The process of interviewing an AI character
  • The cost structure for using Sudowrite
  • How Elizabeth has written and released three books since Nov 2021 with the assistance of AI
  • The re-write function in Sudowrite that performs a "show, don't tell" on a sentence
  • Feeling like a writer with super-powers by having access to these types of tools
  • How Elizabeth teachers her online classes for learning how to collaborate with AI
  • The $99 fee that gives people access to all of Elizabeth's "Learning AI" classes and recorded live sessions past, present, and future
  • Elizabeth's thoughts for writers who are nervous, anxious, or worried about the disruption that AI will bring to writing
  • And more...

After the interview, Mark reflects on a few things Elizabeth said. He then shares his own recent experiment with creating a book description using chatGBT.

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A Jane-of-all-trades, mistress to none! Elizabeth Ann West is the author of 12 novels and 11 novellas, 22 of which are story variations of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Her books have won reader conference awards and hit the Historical Bestseller lists on Amazon, Kobo, and the iBooks stores multiple times. A lover of all things geeky, Elizabeth codes websites, dabbles in graphic design, and is always looking for new technology to learn and master. She teaches authors at conferences like 20Booksto50KVegas, RWA Nationals, on topics of technology and business in the digital publishing world.


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