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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

May 18, 2023

Mark interviews Alexandria Brown from Rising Action Publishing about her role in acquisitions and works with sub-agents on subsidiary rights.

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During their discussion, Mark and Alex talk about:

  • Alexandria starting off doing lifestyle and other non-fiction publications such as Thought Catalog from New York
  • Her first two books that focus on dating and romance, and mental health and traveling the world
  • Getting her PhD at the University of Gloucestershire
  • The focus on how to write trauma in fiction in Alex's PhD (How cross-cultural characters and trauma can impact fiction and bind people together)
  • How Alex got involved in starting up Rising Action Publishing with a co-owner she met in Humber College
  • The tremendous value, uniqueness, and diversity that independent publishers can bring to the market that traditional publishes often aren't able to
  • Their partnership with Black Bird Books from South Africa
  • Why it's really important for independent publishers to be part of a supportive and collaborative community
  • How Alex and Tina did a lot of freelance editing in order to generate enough capital to get their publishing business started
  • Leveraging subsidiary rights for things like audio rights to help bring in money for publishing expenses
  • How the publishing partnership between Alex and Tina is very much like a marriage
  • The types of fiction and non-fiction that Rising Action Publishing is looking to acquire
  • The difference between domestic suspense and thrillers
  • The wonderful challenge and problem of getting so many great submissions as a publisher
  • Some of the errors that some writers have made when making submissions
  • A few of the books that Rising Action will be releasing
  • Advice that Alexandria would offer to writers near the beginning of their journey
  • And more...


After the interview, Mark reflects on a few of the things that Alexandria talked about and goes into detail explaining how the big traditional publishers of today have a lot more in common with indie authors than at first meets the eye.


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Alex Brown has over ten years of experience in marketing and creative writing. Alex has a Bachelor’s in Communications with a major in Public Relations, a Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire, and is a Creative Writing Ph.D. Candidate currently at the University of Gloucestershire. She has two traditionally published nonfiction books. She’s a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Alex’s primary role is acquisitions and marketing as well as working with sub-agents on subsidiary rights.


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