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Copywriting For Authors With Joanna Wiebe

Authors need to know about copywriting. It’s writing designed to make the reader take action, so we can use these techniques in writing the all-important sales description for the online book retailers, as well as ads for Facebook, BookBub and more. In today’s show, Joanna Wiebe from Copyhackers gives us some tips. In the (personal) […]

Robert Yerachmiel Snyderman Looks at Besmilr Brigham’s Fermenting Lyric

At Jacket2, Jerome Rothenberg has posted a piece by Tucson-based Robert Yerachmiel Snyderman that moves through a “politics of fermentation” and a consideration of the lyric subject and incantation, to, eventually, the work of the poet Besmilr Brigham, whose archive was a focus of study for C. D. Wright. Sitting among Brigham’s things at her […]

Fatimah Asghar’s Brown Girls

Time profiles Fatimah Asghar, the co-creator (with Sam Bailey) of Brown Girls, a webseries based on the real-life friendship of Asghar and the series’s music consultant, which “explores storylines the creators feel are rarely covered...Show More Summary

Find And Serve Your Niche For Long Term Success With Chris Brogan

This is one of those landmark interviews for me because Chris Brogan was one of the first people I followed online. His book, Trust Agents, shaped the way I run my business, and his video on the 10-year overnight success helped me through difficult times. So I’m thrilled to have Chris on the show today. In […]

The Importance of the Adversarial Ally

Jeanne Cavelos was a senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, where she ran the fantasy, science fiction, and horror programs and won the World Fantasy Award for her work. Jeanne left publishing to write and to work with writers in a more meaningful way. Her seven books include the best-selling Passing of the Techno-Mages trilogy; […]

How To Write Fiction As A Non-Fiction Author

Do you write non-fiction but secretly want to write a novel? Are you confused about the process? Do you think you’re not creative enough, or worry that you don’t have enough ideas?  Are you afraid that writing a novel might be a waste of time with no return on investment or practical use in your […]

How To Protect Your Creative Work With Kathryn Goldman

As authors, our wealth is in our intellectual property assets – our books. So it’s important to protect them and ensure they continue to earn us money for the life of copyright. In today’s show, attorney Kathryn Goldman explains copyright and how you can protect your books for the long term. In the introduction, I […]

How To Balance Art And Business With Tara Gentile

I met Tara Gentile at Digital Commerce Summit in Denver last year, and her message around business design helped shape my (new) 10-year plan. So I’m thrilled to introduce her today as we talk about creativity and commerce. In the introduction, I say hello from Auckland, New Zealand. I’m posting pics on Instagram and on The Creative […]

Be the Encouragement

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

I spend far too much time on the internet. Not (just) reading political stories which occasionally make me feel frustrated and/or helpless, either. No, I also spend far too much time in forums and writing groups and the like, which also occasionally make me feel frustrated and/or helpless. So I’d like to take a moment […]

Use Your Own Life Story To Bring Depth to Your Writing with Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield is a mentor to many writers through books like The War of Art and Turning Pro.  But Steve learned his creative lessons the hard way, and he shares that story in his new book, The Knowledge. In this interview, I ask Steve how he turned real life into fiction, accessing the darker side […]

Balance Consumption With Creation. A Writing Interview With J.F.Penn

You mostly get Joanna Penn on this site – my smiley, bubbly, helpful, non-fiction personality. But sometimes, I get interviewed as my fiction writing darker side, J.F.Penn. This interview has some writing tips that might be useful, so thanks to Rachael Herron for a great show on the How Do You Write? podcast. We had […]

The Mastery Journal And How to Self-Publish Premium Print Products with John Lee Dumas

Some of the most popular print products and merchandise are not books filled with the words of the author, but journals waiting to be filled. In today’s interview, I find out how John Lee Dumas made $400k by self-publishing a premium print notebook, including the print and distribution services he used. John also shares how […]

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

last monthArts / 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

2 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

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 […]

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