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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Feb 21, 2020

In this episode, Mark has a chat with Leah Cutter who writes page-turning, wildly imaginative fiction set in exotic locations, such as a magical New Orleans, the ancient Orient, rural Kentucky, Seattle, Minneapolis, and many others.

Prior to the main episode content, Mark shares a quick personal update that includes details related to his writing income for 2019.

2019 Writing Income
64.97% Self Published
15.03% Traditional Publishing
20.00% Mixed Self and Trad

He also shares a word about this episode's sponsor, Findaway Voices...

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In their discussion Leah and Mark discuss:

  • Leah's choice of doing the interview and some writing at a local coffee shop
  • How Leah does the majority of her writing during the week in the tiny house she lives and works in during the week
  • Leah's 8 year old document that stated that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer
  • The way that Leah only writes on one specific project at a time (despite writing broadly in multiple genres)
  • How each new project she works on must pass "the giggle test" and how she can't write something that she's not truly excited about
  • Leah's writer tagline as "Writer/Traveler"
  • How many projects Leah publishers in a given year
  • The decision Leah made to publish something new once a month every month for the past three years
  • How Leah knows if a project is going to be a story, a novella, or a novel
  • The fact that Leah has a seperate writing computer and a separate writing desk in her tiny house where she divides up the different types of work
  • The "Business for Breakfast" books that Leah has published
  • The strategy of publishing to the 30 day Amazon pulse while still publishing wide to other platforms
  • The two flavors of newsletters that Leah produces based on things she learned from Tammi Lebreque's Newsletter Ninja course
  • ...and more...

After the interview, Mark reflects on Leah'a positive attitude, her passion, and the dual newsletters that she produces each month for her followers.

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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