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Meet Marsha Cook of Michigan Avenue Media in Northfield

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marsha Cook.

Marsha, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a Chicago screenwriter, as well as an author and radio show personality on Blog Talk Radio. The World Of Ink Network was started by Virginia Grenier and myself over seven years ago. My shows are group discussions or individual interviews about writing and publishing screenplays and books. There are also times when my shows are about other subjects that I like to share with my audience. I’m always open to new ideas.

From romance and inspirational to adventure and fiction, I have more than 20 years of experience in the writing industry as well as a Literary Agent featuring screenplays which at this time does not take clients. Overall, I have written 10 books, five of which are children’s and 11 feature-length screenplays, several have had film options. Many of my books have Audio’s listed in Audibles because I think children’s audio’s work well as an educational tool and my Audibles for adults are wonderfully relaxing.

Recently I write Romantic Adventurous Stories under the name Lady Jane Sinclair and I write my screenplays under the name Max Irving. My Grandfather’s name was Max and my father’s name was Irving. So as you can see I love to change and have fun with my writing.

Even though I am not taking new clients I’m able to help new authors if they need it. On my radio shows we talk about writing and information helpful to authors as well as screenwriters. Listeners can always talk to my guests or me during the shows because they’re live shows. For those that can’t listen in the shows are archived.

I love writing and helping new authors because there were times in my career when I had to learn the hard way but certainly that helped me develop my skills.

My message to authors and screenwriters has always been don’t give up something you love.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No it hasn’t, but it has been fun. I like to think of how much I learned and all the people I have met which truly made this one great ride!

As a writer, I had quite a few rejections, probably too many to count, but every time I got a letter of rejection it just made me work that much harder.

At the end of the day, I probably wouldn’t have learned as much as I have if everything went smoothly.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Michigan Avenue Media – what should we know?
Michigan Avenue Media started as just a simple place to independently publish my books but as time went on I developed my skills as a radio show host who helped authors get started and learn new ways to market.

I currently decided that going out to speak to school and libraries might be a way to help others develop their skills both as an author and being able to promote themselves with good marketing skills.

What sets me apart from others is the fact that I know how hard this business is and can help others learn to stay in the game because if they really love what they do their skills will develop and before they know it they can have a successful career doing something they love.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My family and friends have helped me by supporting me in all my efforts. My husband and son have always been there for me and that has truly allowed me to reach for the moon, which I constantly try to do. My best girlfriends always were in my corner which was a wonderful push, especially my best friend B.

My editor, Jeff Fleischer, has been there from the start because I like every other writer needs a good editor. Also, last but not least, Robin Surface, from Fideli Publishing. Over the last ten years without her help I doubt if anyone else would have been able to start me on the right publishing road.

And my co- partner at World of Ink Network, Virginia Grenier who lives in Utah has helped me and the network keep going and hopefully we will continue for years to come.

There are so many more people to thank but most of them I don’t even know their names but they are my listeners and without them there would be no show.

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  1. Marsha Cook

    September 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you Voyage Chicago.
    Marsha Cook

  2. Sherri Merel

    September 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Marsha is someone to be so admired for her perseverance and dedication!
    She is also someone who is so willing to help others! Personally she
    is the best friend any girl can have! All those qualities make her the
    terrific author script writer & talk show host she is!! She’s only just begun!

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