Kobo Writing Life Podcast

KWL Director Mark Lefebvre interviews bestselling author M.L. Buchman (“Matt”) about his non-fiction title specifically targeted for writers and other creators, Estate Planning for Authors: Your Final Letter (and why you need to write it now), a step by step guide on how authors can make sure their legacy remains profitable for decades for their heirs after they are gone.

During the interview, Mark and Matt discuss:

  • The approximate 120 titles that Matt has written (about half full length books, the other half short stories) in the past several years
  • The 20 “sweet romance” versions of his romance titles that were re-drafted to remove the adult situations and adult words for a more “wholesome” audience. Described as: “This “Sweet Version” is the exact same story as the original, with no foul language and the bedroom door—even when there isn’t one—tastefully closed.”
  • How Kristine Kathryn Rusch, after hearing Matt state that he couldn’t write short, commissioned him to write a short story for an anthology she was editing (Fiction River: Christmas Ghosts) – showing the power that a good editor can have a pulling excellence out of a writer
  • The way that the short fiction Matt writes can help funnel readers into the various series novels he has written
  • The free short stories that Matt posts to his website for free on the 15th of every month (called “the Ides of Matt”) and how he uses that to earn money (both the individual short stories available on all retailer websites as well as in compendium editions later on)
  • How Matt’s book on estate planning came out of the fact that his wife and child were terrified about how they might manage his IP should something happen to him
  • A will might control who gets what, but it doesn’t usually include instructions on how to manager that person’s IP (Intellectual property)
  • The examples of estates that were not necessarily handled well as well as examples of estates that were managed spectacularly (how Priscilla Presley turned a near-bankrupt Elvis estate into a multi billion dollar legacy
  • The 14 page letter that explains, “in English” (ie, explaining publishing industry concepts that most non-publishing people don’t understand) how to manage the various elements of an estate, particular one that includes assets from an author publishing digitally
  • How this process and the “final letter” works not only for writers, but for anybody who has an IP that can be passed along to heirs

After the interview, Mark reiterates the importance of thinking about the future and about the long term and reminds authors the importance of putting a plan in place to ensure that their heirs are equipped to properly manage their IP when they are no longer around. He then reminds writers of the forthcoming NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and encourages writers to take advantage of such “global” activities where writers can mutually support and cheer one another on to get that first draft of a novel written in a 30 day period.


Links of Interest

M.L. Buchman’s books on Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/search?query=M.L.%20Buchman&fcsearchfield=Author

M.L. Buchman’s website:  http://www.mlbuchman.com/

M.L. Buchman on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mlbuchman

M.L. Buchman on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mlbuchman

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)


Bestselling author M.L. Buchman started the first of over 50 novels and as many short stories while flying from South Korea to ride across the Australian Outback. All part of a solo around-the-world bicycle trip (a mid-life crisis on wheels) that ultimately launched his writing career. His true love in military romantic suspense, with contemporary romance, thrillers, and SF all vying for second place.



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Heather Tucker, author of The Clay Girl, had an entire career as a nurse, teacher, bereavement counselor, and professional writer, before she discovered that “playing with words is more fun than working with them.” What is it like to publish a debut novel at age 62?

  • She kept an emotional journal from a young age to age 50. She was going on a big trip to Asia and taped a note on the boxes that said, “If the plane goes down, do not read. Burn these.” Then she decided to take them outdoors up North and burn them herself. She didn’t lose her stories, she opened them up and set them into the universe, freed herself to pull them back and rework them in a new way
  • Now she does positive journaling, putting actual pen to paper, drawing and painting. If her plane goes down now, she has boxes of writing and journals that she does want to share
  • Her first books as a kid were the Junior Classics Collier’s Encyclopedia set. She felt intimidated by reading, until her grade 2 teacher gave her a copy of Pippi Longstocking. After that she was obsessed with waiting for the Bookmobile to come and bring new stories
  • How do you get started writing fiction at age 50? She joined a local writing group that has become her “tribe.” She reapplied to school for creative writing, and crashed the registration system because her student number was so outdated.
  • Michael Redhill taught one of her courses. One day after class she told him she was afraid she’d waited too long to start writing. He replied, “It’s never too late to start writing. Some start too early, but it’s never too late.” Now she feels she’s not late to the writing party, she just was conducting 50 years of research before she got started.
  • For any baby boomers considering starting to write fiction, it’s NOT too late. “You are the people with stories to tell. You’ve gathered stories through whatever your life experience has been.”
  • How she deals with negative feedback. She has to fight the urge to explain and defend her story. But she’s trying to hear the criticism and improve for the sequel
  • How she found her publisher, ECW Press: a mix of serendipity and luck. She didn’t set out to be a published author, she just wanted to write for fun
  • What it means to her to be a Canadian author, and for The Clay Girl to be considered “CanLit”
  • One of the most interesting part of the publishing process has been learning that readers are particular about HOW they want to read – eBooks, large-print, library, audio. Authors need to provide every format so that customers can keep discovering wonderful books in the form and location they want
  • When she started writing fiction, she would wake up at 2am and “give the best hours of my day” to writing before she went to her day job
  • You can make connections and have experiences no matter where you live and what you do. As long as you’re experiencing (and not just observing), you’re gathering stories to inform your writing
  • “There’s enough despair already in the world. I want to leave behind a legacy of hope.”


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