Stark Reflections

Access to publishing has never been easier, and it is an amazing time to be a writer. But it may also be harder than it has ever been. You currently have more choices, more options, more possibilities than ever in the history of publishing.

What paths are right for you on your writing journey?

Drawing upon more than a quarter century of experience as a bookseller, a writer, an editor and a respected and trusted book industry representative, Mark Leslie Lefebvre provides context to help you make informed decisions to build your own writing and publishing life.

Along with interviews with folks from both the traditional publishing and indie-publishing communities, Mark will share his own personal experiences as a writer and industry consultant.

Mark has three key skills that I appreciated tremendously as he supported my team.
a) very strong customer focus – he sincerely was interested in supporting my team’s results
b) terrific creativity in identifying resolutions to issues
c) wonderful interpersonal skills; he listens first, speaks second in a confident and poised manner with all levels of the organization.

– Rob Spence, Senior Supply Chain Director, Indigo Books & Music

Three Key Skills

Mark was a critical hire at a critical time for Kobo. We knew independent publishing was a growing phenomenon in ebooks but needed the right person to create that all-important bridge with the author community. Mark performed that role perfectly, winning authors over to Kobo Writing Life with his combination of energy, lived experience as an author, genuine enthusiasm for how technology could extend a writer’s reach. A truly valuable person.

– Michael Tamblyn, CEO, Rakuten Kobo Inc.

Truly Valuable