Blog Profile / The Creative Penn

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How To Make Your Book A Perennial Seller with Ryan Holiday

How do you make creative work that lasts? In today's show, Ryan Holiday explains how to write a Perennial Seller. We talk about positioning, changes in marketing and the book industry, how to make your body of work last, as well as balancing ego with serving the reader. In the introduction, I talk about my visit […]

Writing Tips: 5 Self-Editing Essentials to Give Your Manuscript a Solid Foundation

When I finish my first draft, the first thing I do (after a gin and tonic!) is to print it out and put it in a folder ready for my first self-edit.  I go through the book line by line and work on structure, as well as character, plot and setting. After that is sorted, […]

How To Find Creative Focus With Jessica Abel

We're all busy and life seems increasingly chaotic, so how do we find the time and focus to write? In today's show, I talk to Jessica Abel, a comic book artist turned prose writer and creative teacher, about finding your focus and moving past procrastination to get your creative work done. In the intro, I mention […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Podcast Your Fiction

Storytelling has gone hand in hand with the audio format since our ancestors told each other stories around the campfire. I can remember lying in bed listening to Peter and the Wolf on tape, and before I wrote fiction, I listened to audio fiction podcasts like Scott Sigler's Infected and 7th Son by JC Hutchins, […]

Want To Win NaNoWriMo This Year? 7 Tips On Writing And Productivity

Ready to take your writing seriously? Getting ready for NaNoWriMo and need some writing and productivity tips?  I had a demanding day job when I did NaNoWriMo in 2009, but I was committed to the writing, so I got up every weekday at 5 am before work to get my words in. Those words became the […]

Secrets Of A Seven Figure Non-Fiction Indie Author With Joseph Alexander

The path to successful self-publishing can come in many forms. Joseph Alexander went from teaching guitar in person to writing 40+ books on learning how to play the guitar, scaling his business and reaching a global market, primarily through print books. In today's show, he shares his secrets. In the intro, I mention Amazon KDP's […]

Writing Tips: 9 Steps For Effectively Revising Your Novel

I'm currently in the editing phase of my dark fantasy novel, Map of Shadows, and it's complicated to rework big picture stuff like story structure and character arcs, alongside the weeds of word choice and grammar. But it's this polishing work that helps turn our piles of words into books that others might want to […]

Travel Writing With Anna McNuff

Running across New Zealand is a tough adventure and in today's show, Anna McNuff talks about how writing her book about the journey was a completely different challenge. In the intro, I talk about my writing progress on The Healthy Writer, as well as recommending the Netflix documentary on Lady Gaga, 5 Foot 2, which […]

5 Ways To Market A Memoir When No-One Knows Who You Are

As writers, we often feel like we are howling into the wind, throwing our words out into the world with no one listening.  But there are ways that you can attract an audience even if you're just starting out. In today's article, journalist and memoir author Andrew Emery shares his tips. The chances are, you’ve […]

Top 5 Mistakes Of Indie Authors With Ricardo Fayet From Reedsy

Learn from the most common mistakes that indie authors make and save yourself time, money and heartache in today's show with Ricardo Fayet from Reedsy. In the introduction, I mention my thoughts on the Independent Publishers Guild autumn conference and what we can learn from print-focused retailers. Plus, Audible expands into a Canada-specific site, Siri […]

How Watching TV And Movies The Right Way Can Revolutionize Your Writing

We're living in a golden age of TV and movies, with more channels and more quality stories than we can ever watch, many of them based on adaptations of books – both fiction and non-fiction.  But many writers feel guilty about watching film and TV, because shouldn't you be doing something more useful towards your […]

Writing Memoir With Roz Morris

How do you determine the line between authentically sharing your story vs. writing for therapy? How do you blend episodes from your life that might help others with aspects that might hurt people you love? I talk about these issues and more with Roz Morris today. In the introduction, I share my lessons learned from […]

4 Ways To Use Instagram To Market Your Books

I've only recently started using Instagram (JFPennAuthor) but I'm increasingly finding it a fun social media platform to use. I enjoy posting images and seeing where others are traveling too.  But can you use Instagram for book marketing? In today's article, Jose Lopez, author of Instagram Marketing That Sells, shows us how. Just like the […]

Lessons Learned From 6 Years As An Author Entrepreneur

Six years ago, in Sept 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author entrepreneur. Every year since I have reflected on the journey and what I learn along the way. My challenges change and grow along with the business and you will likely be at a different stage, but I hope that […]

From Traditional Publishing To Hybrid And Indie With Crime Thriller Author Michael Ridpath

The publishing world continues to change, but authors who adapt and grow with it are making the best of both worlds, straddling traditional publishing and indie in the hybrid model. In today's show, I talk to Michael Ridpath about his journey. In the intro, I talk about Kobo's move into audiobooks, Draft2Digital's new professional quality […]

WordPress For Writers: 10 Most Useful Plugins For Your Author Website

I've been using WordPress since 2008, and it's one of those tools that enables writers to make a living, reach more readers and make a living online. But although the framework can be set up easily and quickly, there are plugins (like little apps) that can make your author website work more efficiently and with […]

Revolutionize Your Writing with These 4 Editing Hacks

When you're a new writer, you tend to compare your first draft with someone else's polished finished book.  But you can't compare the two because the difference is in the editing. Here are some tips that you could use when editing your next book from Jess Lourey and Shannon Baker. You’ve spent months writing that […]

Mastering Amazon Ads With Brian D. Meeks

Today I’m talking with Brian D Meeks about Mastering Amazon Ads. We have a really interesting chat about some of the biggest things people get wrong with Amazon ads as well as how to integrate ads into a wider marketing plan – plus, how running a Facebook group can be a mixed blessing when it […]

What Writing For Children Can Teach You About Writing Fiction

There are truths about writing that transcend genre, and in today's article, A.L.Tait discusses how writing for children has provided valuable lessons that will help any fiction author.  I never expected to be a children’s author. As an established freelance writer, author of four non-fiction books and budding writer of women’s fiction, I always imagined […]

Forget Marketing Online. 5 Tips for Marketing your Books in Person

Book marketing is not all about paid advertising and online strategies. In this article, Maria Dismondy shares how personal connections through speaking, podcast interviews, and networking can help you market your book.   The first time I considered myself a successful author wasn’t when I saw a certain dollar amount in my bank account. It […]

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