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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Nov 2, 2023

Mark interviews author, coach & CEO/Founder of Little Labradoodle Publishing April Cox.

Prior to the interview, Mark shares a brief personal updates and a word about this episode's sponsor, the Authorpreneur Summit 2023.

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During their interview Mark and April talk about:

  • April's background as a former IT consulting geek
  • Leaving that corporate world to assist authors with their publishing goals and helping to make their dreams come true
  • How her desire to write a story for her grandkids led to an entirely new and dynamic role and purpose
  • Recognizing how she could make a huge difference being there to help authors who would normally be easy targets for so many of the predatory outfits looking to take advantage of them
  • The origin of Little Labradoodle Publishing which was more of a legacy project
  • How the consultant, programmer, and project manager in April were applied to help authors with navigating the complex world of publishing books for younger readers
  • Why April puts so much free content on sites like her YouTube channel
  • April's 12-week course that takes authors through the process of getting a book ready for publishing
  • The importance of having a network of trusted professionals to work with
  • Wanting to create a summit that focused more on the business side of publishing, which became the Authorpreneur Summit
  • Some of the amazing interviews that have been lined up for this summit which takes place for free Dec 4 through Dec 8, 2023
  • The bonuses April will be releasing for those who sign up for the summit early
  • Advice April would offer to authors who are receiving numerous rejection letters from traditional publishing
  • And more . . .


After the interview Mark reflects on the value when an author combines their passion with filling in a hole within a particular market.


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April Cox is an Author, Coach & CEO/Founder of Little Labradoodle Publishing. She has successfully guided over 1,500 authors from manuscript to a high-quality, self-published book through her 90-day signature program, Self-Publishing Made Simple.

April is a passionate teacher and speaker on publishing topics and has personally launched over 400 books.




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