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Podcast #4: Mark Leslie

The Start Writing Podcast chat with author, editor and book nerd Mark Leslie on the craft of telling stories, and the business of finding an audience.

Episode 4: Mark Leslie

From punching out fan fiction on an Underwood typewriter at age 13, to published author and editor, Mark Leslie has built his life around stories. He is the past president of Canadian Booksellers Association, a novelist, speaker, and the driving force behind Kobo Writing Life, a DIY portal for authors and small publishers. 

I chatted with Mark about his writing process (fast!, most of the time), how the digital era has changed for writers and booksellers, his recent novel Invasion and his upcoming collection of spooky true tales, Haunted Hospitals.

The slush pile (of submissions) is now the catalog . . . it’s not an editor in New York that’s saying yes or no to your manuscript, it’s readers in general. So we’ve just kind of moved some of the gatekeeping off . . . in an exciting and mostly positive fashion.

Episode 4: notes and links

MarkLeslie.ca – Mark Leslie’s personal site

Kobo Writing Life – A portal for writers on the craft & business of writing, providing valuable insights from some of the brightest minds in our industry.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) – Every November 1st, participants are challenged to write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Free to take part.

Wattpad – The world’s largest community for readers and writers.

When Worlds Collide – Annual festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers in Calgary.

Dundurn Publishers – Toronto publishers of Mark’s real haunting books.


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