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Getting Published, with Mark Leslie

Ever wondered what goes on inside the mind of a horror writer? Now's your chance to find out. We'll be following Mark's struggles as he attempts to complete and find an agent for his unpublished novel 'A Canadian Werewolf in New York'.

Mark Leslie Lefebvre, who writes under the name Mark Leslie, drops his surname when writing, claiming it makes his name easier to spell and pronounce. For the past fifteen years he has been published in magazines across North America, in the anthologies 'Stardust' and 'Bluffs', and in the book 'One Hand Screaming'.

He is also is the series editor for the science fiction anthology 'North of Infinity'.

While most of Mark's writing tends to be in horror and science fiction, he has written a "regular" novel, 'Morning Son', which is currently being shopped around, and which won a Writing Show First-Chapter-of-a-Novel Contest honorable mention.

He is in the middle of completing the first draft of 'A Canadian Werewolf in New York' and is using his guest spot on The Writing Show as motivation to get the novel finished.

Episode Index:

Episode 1
Published Monday, October 09, 2006

In episode 1 of  "Getting Published, with Mark Leslie", we introduce Mark, his book, and his goals, including:

  • How he got started writing
  • Why he writes
  • Why he writes horror
  • What his book is about
  • Where he is in the process
  • How he plans to seek publication
  • How he gets started with new projects
  • How he develops his characters
  • What his writing and publishing goals are.

Episode 2
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2006

In episode 2 of  "Getting Published, with Mark Leslie", we catch up with Mark during NaNoWriMo and find out how the writing is going. We also discuss:

  • Why publishers seem to eschew horror fiction
  • What some horror writers do to try to get around the stigma surrounding horror fiction
  • What types of NaNoWriMo activities he's been participating in (and avoiding)
  • What type of music he listens to while writing
  • What things about Mark's story Paula particularly likes
  • How he came up with the notion of a "coppery taste" for blood
  • How he loses ideas because he can't always write them down
  • How he works out some of his plotting challenges
  • How horror writers spend Halloween.

Episode 3
Published Sunday, December 17, 2006

In episode 3 of  "Getting Published, with Mark Leslie", we catch up with Mark post NaNoWriMo and find out how he did. We also discuss an extensive crit from Writing Show guest host Mick Halpin, and Mark tells us about a detour he's about to take.

Episode 4
Published Thursday, March 22, 2007

In episode 4 of our reality show, "Getting Published, with Mark Leslie" we find out what happened with  "A Horse Named Cow" - or was it "A Cow Named Horse" - and dig into a fabulous critique of ACWINNY submitted by Writing Show guest host and Internet bad boy, Mick Halpin.

Episode 5
Published Sunday, July 15, 2007

In episode 5, we find out whether Mark has indeed returned to writing his horror story. We also go over another entertaining Mick Halpin critique and hear a fabulous reminiscence about clove cigarettes (inspired by one of Mick’s critiques) from Writing Show listener Mark Herbst.

Episode 6
Published Thursday, February 07, 2008

In episode 6, we find out just what Mark has been doing since July of 2007 when we last spoke with him: what happened when he pitched I, Death to an editor he met at a conference, and how the science fiction anthology he edited, North of Infinity II, has been remaindered. (He also tells us what remainders are and how they affect writers). Mark then also presents parts of chapters 9 and 10 of A Canadian Werewolf, along with another insightful Mick Halpin critique. 

Episode 7
Published Thursday, March 13, 2008

In episode 6 of "Getting Published, with Mark Leslie," Writing Show guest host Mick Halpin issued a challenge to Mark: "Stop messing around and start writing. If you'll write 10,000 words on A Canadian Werewolf in New York in 30 days, I'll write up a story about how I recently lost a tooth."

Episode 8
Published Thursday, April 10, 2008

In episode 7 of "Getting Published, with Mark Leslie," Writing Show guest host Mick Halpin issued another challenge to Mark: "Write another 10,000 words of A Canadian Werewolf in New York in 30 days, or I'll sic Bricky on you."

In episode 8, Mark reports back.

Episode 9
Published Wednesday, October 15, 2008

In this episode, Mark talks a little about his recent fiction and non-fiction sales and a lot about the Espresso Book Machine he's getting for his bookstore.

Episode 10
Published Sunday, May 09, 2010

In this episode, Mark tells us why he still hasn't finished A Canadian Werewolf in New York after almost four years!

Published Thursday, June 03, 2010

Additional Material:

Read Mark's original story here.
Read "Scene with Mack" here.
Read Mick Halpin's critique of "Scene with Mack" here.
Read the scene in which Mark introduces his protagonist's girlfriend here.
Read Mick Halpin's critique of the scene in which Mark introduces his protagonist's girlfriend here.
Read Mick Halpin's explanation of how he lost a tooth here.