Episode 55: Mark Tabb- The Power of Storytelling

Mark Tabb joins The Illuminate Podcast today! Mark is an author and has written his own books as well as been a co-author for over twenty books. Mark has worked with so many incredible people to co-author their books including YouTube stars Cole and Savannah Labrant, Olympian Lopez Lomong, actor Alec Baldwin, Superbowl champion Ben Utecht, and so many more! He was the co-author of the New York Times Bestselling book Mistaken Identity.

In this episode, Mark shares about the collaborative writing process, what he loves about writing and storytelling, how he seeks out these stories, some of his favorite books that he has written, authors and books that he loves, and so much more! If you love reading and writing, you will love hearing this interview with Mark.

This episode is hosted by Emma Benner.

Show Notes

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What we talked about:

3:00- Introduction and how he got started writing

10:00- Why he kept trying after 27 rejections of one book and how he finally got it published

11:45- What type of books he writes these days

13:30- He shares about his book Convicted: An Innocent Man, the Cop Who Framed Him, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship

18:10- The process of doing collaborative writing and working with other people

28:35- How he finds the stories to co-author

30:15-The length and time commitment of the writing process

31:50- What it feels like when he finishes writing a books

34:25- Authors that he looks to for inspiration and ideas he pulls from other authors

39:00- Negative reviews he has gotten and he uses them to help improve his writing

45:50- What he loves about writing other people’s stories and the power of storytelling

46:20- The marketing of his books

49:10- Working with Lopez Lomong to write his book Running for My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games

52:50- The dream story to write about or person to work with

54:15- Favorite book that he has written

57:05- End of podcast questions

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