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How Authors Can Empower Themselves as Creative Entrepreneurs with Kristine Kathryn Rusch

It’s easier to imagine a successful creative life when you have examples to model yourself on. Today, I’m thrilled to share an interview with Kristine Kathryn Rusch, one of my online mentors and creative examples. Yes, I’m a total fan girl ???? In the intro, I share news that OverDrive Reports Library Borrowing of eBooks Up […]

Art is theft...in a good way

19 hours agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Here's a brief and delightful animation from Daniel Cordero that might just refresh your view of creativity: Art is Theft from daniel cordero on Vimeo.

Why Success is Hard

It’s even hard to type that word, especially when thinking of oneself. Success. What is it, exactly? Specifically? What would it be like for you, in your life? One of the things that I often suggest to writers when thinking about what their protagonist enters the story already wanting is something I call the “Eyes […]

Thinking About Quitting Your Day Job To Become A Full-Time Writer? Tips From CJ Lyons And Joanna Penn

I left my day job in September 2011 to become a full-time author entrepreneur, and I haven’t regretted it for a moment. BUT there are a lot of things to consider if you want to give up your day job to go into writing full-time. If you want to make the best of it, then […]

Animator Theodore Ushev Creates a Joyful Film From Lorca’s ‘Romance Sonámbulo’

Would Federico García Lorca have approved of “The Sleepwalker,” a creative interpretation by animator Theodore Ushev of his poem, “Romance Sonámbulo”? This is the question over at Open Culture, which featured the piece yesterday. It’s worth watching, if not for the (quite jumpy!) “purely visual language” (Ushev jettisoned the words!) of surrealist painter Joan Miró, […]

Beautiful Ebook Formatting with Brad Andalman from Vellum

I want my ebooks to look great but I don’t want the technical hassle of having to care about formatting issues. So when I discovered Vellum, I quickly became a convert and then an evangelist! Today I get my geek on with Brad Andalman. In the intro, I go into some pertinent publishing news: Kobo […]

Mathias Svalina’s Dream Delivery Service

Emily Litvak writes about “the guy with the dreams,” also known as Mathias Svalina, for U. of Arizona’s Poetry Center blog. Svalina was in Tucson on a leg of his Dream Delivery Service, and met with Litvak in the early hours of a Wednesday. Litvak explains his presence, and his project: From November 1 until […]

Plan To Achieve Your Creative Goals In 2017. Webinar Replay with Joanna Penn

Do you want to achieve your creative goals in the coming year? Perhaps you want to write your first book, or get another series out? Sell 1000 copies or reach a particular income goal? Do you need help with planning and productivity? Is your To Do list unmanageable?! I did a live webinar last week […]

RIP David Meltzer (1937-2016)

Over the weekend as the New Year was being rung in, the multi-talented poet, musician, jazz critic, teacher, and scholar David Meltzer died at the age of 79. Meltzer was a long-time fixture in the San Francisco poetry scene, whose writing is most often associated with the Beat generation and San Francisco Renaissance of the […]

How I Turned My Shitty Night Job into a Novel

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

This is the article that gets Max fired. Column by Max Booth III This is the article that gets me fired, so pay attention. Unless you’re my boss, then instead of reading this article please spend your time watching this video of very...Show More Summary

My 2017 Goals. Plus Visualization and Positive Thinking For Authors with Nina Amir

I love the New Year! It’s full of promise for the year ahead and in today’s show, I talk to Nina Amir about positive thinking and creative visualization to help you set your goals for 2017. In the (mega-45 mins) introduction, I go through a couple of the trends I see for 2017. The Amazon […]

How Authors Can Use Content Marketing To Sell More Books With Pamela Wilson

Some say there’s too much content out there, that it’s too late to start creating a blog or a podcast … or a book. I say that we’re only just getting started ???? In today’s show, I discuss content marketing with Pamela Wilson. There are many more voices in the world than the ones represented […]

Be More Like Yourself

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

I just received an email from someone who started getting my newsletter about a decade ago, and still reads it every week. In the email, she mentioned her favorite posts, one of which I had completely forgotten about. I was overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude to her for reaching out, and for allowing me […]

Dennis Cooper’s Favorite Everything of 2016 Concludes With Visionary Kenward Elmslie

As many artistic-minded folks tend to agree, the best year-end list of best things is Dennis Cooper’s “Mine for yours: My favorite fiction, poetry, nonfiction, film, music, art & internet of 2016.” This year, Cooper’s poetry list has much we’ve enjoyed, and much more we want to, including Jos Charles’s Safe Space (Ahsahta Press); Renee […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 279: What Do They Want? — Transcript

4 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 279 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, we will be looking at how characters tell us what they’re after, either with or […]

What Works & What Doesn't: "Gremlins"

4 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Is this the ultimate comedy creature feature? Column by Christopher Shultz Welcome once again to What Works & What Doesn't, whereby we analyze a particular film script for its merits and flaws. This month, we're going to take a lookShow More Summary

Seven Years And 300 Episodes. Creative Lessons Learned From Podcasting Since 2009

I started The Creative Penn podcast in March 2009 as a way to learn about writing, publishing and book marketing as well as make connections in the industry. I recorded the first interview with a landline phone on speaker and a hand-held recording device. It was a pretty terrible start but hey, it’s improved! I […]

10 Best Winter Poems for Poets and Lovers of Poetry

In the northern hemisphere, winter is nearly upon us. In fact, many would argue that winter is already here–and they have the snow to prove it! As such, here are my picks for the 10 best winter poems for poets and lovers of poetry. If I’ve missed your favorite, no problem. Show More Summary

Merchandising For Authors With Melissa Addey

Bookstores are busy with shoppers buying presents for the holiday season right now. They’re buying books, but they’re also buying merchandise related to those books or author brands. Many indie authors have got to grips with producing ebooks, print-on-demand and audio, but we’re only just starting to look into merchandise. In today’s show, Melissa Addey […]

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