A (Super) Brief History of Publishing

1 day 15 hours ago
I was asked, several years ago, to be one of the guest speakers at The Writers of the Future for the 30th Annual Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, California. The topic they wanted me to cover was the future of publishing. You can't, of course, consider the future of publishing without first taking a quick look at the history of publishing. And that's exactly what I did, in this talk that begins
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Hemingway And His Cats Have Nothing on Me

3 days 14 hours ago
So I was writing in the study (a beautiful book-lined room with the requisite desk, computer, reading chair and comfy love-seat coach, not to mention some skulls and a great painting of Hemingway writing for good measure) the other day. As I looked up from my writing, I realized that all four of the animals were lounging in the room with me. After a slight heart-warming pause, I snapped some
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Podcast: Stark Reflections on Capturing Reading Data via eBooks

4 days 8 hours ago
In the third episode of the Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing podcast, Mark interviews Sinead McElhinney, PR Coordinator on the Communications team from Rakuten Kobo in Toronto, Ontario about some interesting reading data that Kobo released near the end of 2017. They discuss the analysis of reading data, understanding core eBook readers better, as well as some of Sinead’s favorite
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Podcast: Stark Reflections on Writing & Publishing Episode 2: Living the Healthy Writer's Life with Joanna Penn

6 days 14 hours ago
In Episode 2 of the Stark Reflections on Writing & Publishing podcast, Mark interviews Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn about her latest book The Healthy Writer: Reduce Your Pain, Improve Your Health, And Build A Writing Career For The Long Term (co-authored with Dr. Euan Lawson) and they also have a discussion about trends in publishing and speculation about the opportunities that are likely
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Virtual Talk/Presentation - Understanding the Business of Writing & Publishing

1 week 1 day ago
On Wednesday January 17, 2018 I will be leading a virtual talk/presentation called Understanding the Business of Writing & Publishing. The virtual talk, which is free to Canadian Authors Association members (or costs $10 for non-members to attend), is being hosted by the Waterloo-Wellington Branch. (Now local to me since my January move to Waterloo from Hamilton) The description for the 1.5
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Year It Was, What a Beer It Was, It Was

2 weeks 1 day ago
So I recently posted my annual update of my previous year in beer. I use the Untappd app to track and rate the beers that I have in a year. I have been using Untappd since early April in 2013 and have checked in a total of 3,479 unique beers since then. When explaining Untappd to my friends, I usually describe it like Goodreads for beer. You can read the FULL post on my Spirits Untapped
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Podcast: Stark Reflections on Writing & Publishing Episode 1: New Year, New Reflections

2 weeks 3 days ago
I have launched a new podcast and am copying the show-notes from the main website for this (Stark Reflections) below.... Welcome to the first episode of the Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing Podcast. If you have questions or topics you’d love me to cover, please feel free to comment or email me at mark@markleslie.ca or reach out to me on Twitter @MarkLeslie. The start of a new
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A Holiday Gift For Writers

4 weeks 2 days ago
I just received a great offer from the good folks behind Superstars Writing Seminars and am delighted to be able to share this during the holiday season. In February 2018 I will be a returning guest instructor at a three day workshop designed to teach writers the BUSINESS of writing and publishing. Superstars Writing Seminars (or SWS for short) is a conference that embraces all aspects of the
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Channeling My Inner Dominatrix

4 weeks 2 days ago
I was recently a guest on Dana Pharant's Inner Dominatrix podcast. Episode 77 is entitled "Transition Time Can Be Fun" and in it we talk about the recent changes in my life and how I am taking the time to enjoy the moment rather than panic about what is about to come next. It's funny, this is the first time that I haven't had steady work (via an actual job where I'm required to be somewhere
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Make Your Own Path On Life's Journey

1 month 1 week ago
Yesterday I drove to Barrie to say goodbye to a friend. I hadn't seen Frank Nelson in person in a couple of years, and it had been much longer since I had seen Frank on a regular basis. We worked together at Chapters/Indigo many years ago. But he continued to inspire me. And he continues to inspire me to this day. On December 8, 2017, Frank Nelson passed away. I won't say that he "lost his
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What Canadians Read in 2017

1 month 2 weeks ago
One of the things I always loved about Kobo was their willingness to share insights about reading data. I rec'd two messages from Kobo today that really tickled me. One was about my Kobo Reading Life. (And yes, when I created Kobo Writing Life I DID base it on the already awesome "Reading Life" program the company had crafted) Interesting to see how much MORE reading I have done in the past
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The Long Goodbye, The Quick Hello

1 month 2 weeks ago
In my podcast feed this morning, two of the Wednesday podcasts that loaded to my pod-catcher come with interesting timing. My final podcast as host of the Kobo Writing Life Podcast, interviewing Rachel Amplett My first post-Kobo podcast interview on the Self-Publishing Podcast, with Johnny, Sean & Dave The interview with Rachel took place in Kobo's office in October and is wonderful
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So Long And Thanks For All The Books

1 month 2 weeks ago
A few weeks ago I did something I didn't think I would ever do. I said goodbye to a job that I not only loved, but that I felt was the absolute perfect role for me. It wasn't easy. Starting in October of 2011 I had the role of Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations for Rakuten Kobo, Inc. It truly did feel like a role that was custom built for me. And not just for the fact that,
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Cheers to Beers

1 month 2 weeks ago
Admittedly, I haven't been blogging here much, even though I'm proud to say that I have been blogging since my initial post on March 3, 2005. That first post wasn't much, just a note that my friend from work, Mathew (work back then was Chapters Online, or Chapters/Indigo) had mocked me into starting a blog. It's short (so unlike me) and sweet (well I can sometimes be sweet) and called
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Feel The Fear In Many Forms

3 months ago
Fear comes in many forms and guises. It creeps up on us in more ways than even the most creative parts of our minds can ever imagine. I explored the various different types of fears in an anthology I edited and which was recently released by WMG Publishing. FICTION RIVER: FEEL THE FEAR is an anthology that explores a concept inspired by the Douglas E. Winter quote that "horror is not a genre but
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Mark Leslie is a writer, editor and bookseller who lives in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2005, Mark joined the blogging bandwagon and started posting random thoughts and musings on writing, bookselling and being a father.
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