Blog Profile / The Creative Penn


URL :http://www.thecreativepenn.com/
Filed Under:Arts / Writing
Posts on Regator:544
Posts / Week:2.2
Archived Since:July 26, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Writing Horror And Making A Living With Your Writing With Michaelbrent Collings

Some of the loveliest authors I know write horror and Michaelbrent Collings is one of them! Today we discuss the boundaries of the horror genre, writing to heal, screenwriting and multiple streams of income. Super fun In the introduction, I talk about the change to the podcast – it will now go out every Monday […]

Pros And Cons Of Being An Indie Author

I spent last weekend at CrimeFest in Bristol alongside lots of amazing crime authors, both traditionally published and indie authors. It was a fantastic time and I met some super people … I found myself in a number of conversations with authors who wanted to know what their publishing options were in a fast-changing market. […]

All Your Editing Questions Answered With Jen Blood

It’s a crowded marketplace these days and you need a quality book to even have a chance of standing out. In my opinion, one of the best investments to help your book become the best it can be is professional editing. In today’s show, we go through all kinds of questions that authors ask about […]

Author Websites Q & A: How To Create An Effective, Mobile-Friendly Website

On a recent post about author websites, I mentioned the importance of a mobile responsive theme. It’s now even more critical to get this sorted for your author website as Google have made changes to their algorithms to favor mobile-friendly sites. I’ve also written in the last few weeks about the rebranding and retitling of […]

Crowdfunding, A Passion For Print And WB Yeats With Orna Ross

Crowdfunding is becoming ever more popular with creatives to raise fund for various projects. But when is it a good idea for an author? In this interview with author, poet and creative coach, Orna Ross, we go into her love of WB Yeats and how this passion has turned into her own print project, as […]

Tips On Screenwriting, Film Rights And Adapting Your Novel With Lucy V. Hay

Most fiction authors have a dream of seeing their stories on the big screen – but it doesn’t have to be a dream. There are lots of things you can do to ensure your story has a chance of success in film/TV. In this interview, Lucy V. Hay gives us some tips. In the intro […]

How To Make A Living With Your Writing. Video Overview

As part of the fantastic IndieRecon free online conference for authors last month, I recorded a 54 min video on How to Make a Living with your Writing. Or at least, how I make my living It’s based on the material in my book, Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur, available in […]

On Changing Book Titles And Covers: My Own Experience And How You Can Do It Too

I’ve just been through a massive rebranding process: re-titling and re-covering the first 3 books in my ARKANE series, and updating the back matter for all the other books. A hefty amount of work! Here’s why and how, just in case you want to go through this sometime. It’s quite a long, confessional style of […]

Writing Fiction: Tips On Plot With Roz Morris

If you need to nail your novel, Roz Morris can help! In her latest book, and this podcast, she explores plot in detail to help you sort yours out. In the intro, I talk about the rebranding, retitling and recovering of my first 3 books; how brilliant IndieRecon was and a little about London Book […]

How To Record Your Own Audiobooks For ACX

Audiobooks are a fantastic growth market for authors, narrators and producers alike, and I’ve been working with fabulous narrators for my fiction since ACX opened up in the UK in 2014. But as a reader, I much prefer to listen to non-fiction audio in the voice of the author themselves, so I decided to record […]

Does Your Author Website Have The Essentials To Attract Readers And Sell Your Books?

Your author website is important, wherever you are on the author journey. Your site portrays your author brand and gives a sense of your personality as well as your professionalism. It’s how people judge you online. It’s the first place a journalist, publisher or agent will look if they are interested in you. They will […]

Book Titles That Sell, Productivity For Authors And Marketing For Introverts With Tim Grahl

A wide-ranging discussion with Tim Grahl about writing book titles that sell, productivity and habits for writers, how to build a platform around you rather than your book, and marketing for introverts. Super fun! In the intro, I mention the upcoming self-publishing conference, IndieRecon.org, which is a free event with some amazing speakers so make […]

Want To Spend More Time On Your Writing And Tired Of Doing It All? A Virtual Assistant Can Help

Indie authors often have an edge of control freakery … well, I do! I like being in control and I enjoy pretty much all aspects of being an author entrepreneur. But I hit a wall about 18 months ago, and I definitely needed some help, so I started looking for a virtual assistant to help […]

Business for Authors: How To Be An Author Entrepreneur. Now An Audiobook!

Do you want to take your author business to the next level? Do you love listening to audio? Do you love listening to British accents?! Exciting news! Business for Authors is now available as an audiobook on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Written by me and narrated by … me! Packed full of everything I know […]

How To Use Audio And Podcasting Effectively To Promote Your Book With Viv Oyolu

One of the best ways to stand out as an author is to have some aspect of multimedia in your platform. With the growth of streaming audio through smart phones and soon to be implemented in cars, it’s time to learn how to incorporate audio into your book marketing. Today I interview Viv Oyolu, The […]

Author Entrepreneur: Increase Your Revenue

There’s a learning curve for all indie authors, which I have covered before in the arc of the indie author. But once you get the hang of the process – writing, editing, publishing, marketing – then you start to think about the business side. If you want to make more profit, then increasing your revenue […]

Optimizing Kindle Categories, Email List Building And Facebook Marketing With Nick Stephenson

Sometimes one little tip can help you tweak your book pages or your author business to become more successful. I’ve learned some cool things from Nick Stephenson recently and in today’s show, we go through a whole load of things you might find useful. [But remember, the most important thing is still … write more […]

Solving The Discoverability Problem: Virtual Reality And The Future Of Publishing

“if Oculus Rift achieves its potential, it will change more than just a game, but entire industries.” From Techcrunch, 16 March 2015 This is how I feel about virtual reality, Oculus Rift and all the other tech possibilities, about High Fidelity and the future of education, about how virtual reality will be the next shift […]

Creativity And Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned By My 40th Birthday

I turned 40 yesterday and I am super thrilled that I have made this milestone birthday while doing something I love with my life! It’s been a journey and I have learned a lot along the way … I’ve been sharing everything here since 2008 but here are some of the most important things I’ve […]

Limited Time Deal: Learn Scrivener Fast , Kindle Launch Plan, Video Marketing, Book Proposals And More

The one tool that changed my writing life? Definitely Scrivener. It continues to be the most important piece of software for me as an author of fiction and non-fiction. It helps me organize and plot, write first draft, edit and publish my books. The software itself is incredibly powerful, so I recommend people learn how […]

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