Glenn Leibowitz is the host of Write With Impact. In his latest podcast he interviews former American diplomat Syd Goldsmith, author of Hong Kong on the Brink, a memoir of Hong Kong’s brush with the Cultural Revolution in 1967.

Glenn says:

In our conversation, which we conducted in person in Taipei, Syd shares how, despite never considering himself a writer for many years, he eventually became a published author.

He explains why it’s never too late to publish your first book: He published his first novel at the age of 68, and his latest book at the age of 79.

He underscores the importance of getting honest and critical feedback on your writing.

He talks about the value of attending writer’s conferences, and he shares the story of how he found his agent at one of them.

He describes the process he went through to pitch his book and land a publishing contract within just 9 days.

And he gives us a peek into his own writing process—a question I like to ask all of my guests on this podcast.

Go to to listen to the hour-long podcast.