Publish Your Purpose: An Author’s Journey

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This podcast features the unique relationship between an author and their publisher. This podcast follows author, Mark David Gibson, through the publishing process of his memoir “Served in Silence.” Alongside him you’ll hear from Publish Your Purpose Press Founder and CEO, Jenn T. Grace, as she navigates Mark through this journey. This authentic, empathetic, and at times comedic duo will take you on the journey from having an idea in your head to holding a book in your hands. You’ll go through all of the emotional ups and downs with Mark as this podcast covers his experience in real time. You’ll learn how to be better prepared when you set out to write your story. Whether you are writing a memoir or any non-fiction where a piece of your story is shared, you’ll be better equipped for success after having listened to this show.

Jenn and Mark have volunteered and donated their time. If you’d like to support the show on Patreon you can do so for just a couple of dollars a month, which is less than a cup of coffee! Your contribution will help with the hosting and transcription of the show.



Epi. 1 – An Introduction

Epi. 2 – The Journey Begins

Epi. 3 – Clearing the Battle-space

Epi. 4 – Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Epi. 5 – Writing Habits

Epi. 6 – Help is on the Way!

Epi. 7 – Writing Rituals

Epi. 8 – Dealing with Unforeseen Obstacles in the Road

Epi. 9 – Enjoying the Little Wins!

Epi. 10 – Support system, do you have one?

Epi. 11 – Teamwork makes the dream work with special guest James Nowlin

Epi. 12 – How to Handle The Developmental Edit

Epi. 13 – Maintaining Vision & Enthusiasm In The Publishing Process with special guest Lisa Corrado

Epi. 14 – The long and winding road

Epi. 15 – Mindset of an Author

Epi. 16 – The toss of the hot potato continues

Epi. 17 – Meet the Editor

Epi 18 – Love affair with the manuscript

Epi. 19 – Support Systems

Epi. 20 – Manuscript to the Fun Stuff

Epi. 21 – Proofing Process

Epi. 22 – Where to Start With Marketing Your Book

Epi. 23 – The Book Launch

Epi. 24 – Finale

About Jenn:

Jenn T. Grace is a business strategist, speaker and author specializing in the LGBTQ market. Her work guides corporate and non-profit clients as they navigate the space where doing business and managing the workplace intersects with LGBTQ issues. She has written multiple Amazon Best Selling books and is a nationally recognized speaker and podcaster. Passionate about helping people share their stories of adversity, Jenn is the Founder of the Publish Your Purpose Academy and Publish Your Purpose Press. She holds an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Communications from Salem State University. She lives in Hartford, Connecticut with her family.

About Mark:

Captain (ret) Mark David Gibson was born & raised in Upstate New York and joined the Air Force as a ticket-out to find himself and see the world. Gibson is a 20 Year highly decorated war veteran having deployed multiple times to Southwest Asia in support of OPERATION Enduring Freedom (OEF) and OPERATION Noble Eagle (ONE). Mark earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree simultaneously while also earning a commission in the U.S. Air Force as an Officer (ROTC).

Mark, outside of the military, has worked for major corporations. He currently works for the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he was selected to co-author, design, develop and execute with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Harvard Award-winning,  “LGBT Business Builder,” a National LGBT Economic Empowerment Outreach initiative.  Business Builder promoted NGLCC business certification coupled with SBA programs and services to grow LGBT business across the Country.

In addition to having lived in Costa Rica, is an avid world traveler, and a gourmet cook, Mark is a tri-athlete, runner, and has a spirit of volunteerism. He is most passionate about living an authentic life to its fullest.  He and partner Aaron (aka: Mr. Wonderful) split their time between Atlanta and Lake Oconnee or weekend getaways at their AirBnB in Savannah.

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