Blog Profile / The Creative Penn

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Archived Since:July 26, 2010

Blog Post Archive

How To Banish Writer’s Block With K.M.Weiland

Many creatives suffer periods of ‘block,’ but there are ways to get through. Today I talk to K.M.Weiland about the different kinds of writer’s block and how to deal with them. In the intro, I talk about the crackdown on discount ebook promotional sites as Pixel of Ink announces its shutdown. Plus, the Author Mindset […]

Writing Lesbian Fiction With Clare Lydon

As writers, we bring life to the page and through those experiences, others can live vicariously. We often write outside our own realm of personal experience, so it’s fantastic to learn from Clare Lydon today about writing lesbian fiction and gain an insight into what some get wrong in the portrayal of gay characters. In […]

Book Marketing: Facebook Advertising For Authors With Mark Dawson

Facebook advertising is a core part of my business now, and I only started using it because of Mark Dawson. In this interview, we discuss why Facebook Ads are so powerful and some specific examples as to how to use them, wherever you are in your author career. If you’d like a demo, you can […]

Almost Six Figures. My Breakdown Of One Year Of Book Sales By Format, Vendor, Genre, And Country

The publishing industry is awash with various sales figures from different sources, and a hell of a lot of smoke and mirrors. does a great job of highlighting indie sales on the various stores, showing the indie share of ebook sales and income rising. Their latest report for May 2016 goes into the numbers […]

The Visual Writer: Using Images To Bring Your Writing Alive With Nancy Hendrickson

As authors, we turn written words into images in reader’s minds, but we can also use images in our book research and marketing. In today’s show, I discuss these topics and more with Nancy Hendrickson. In the intro, I mention Waterstones UK leaving the ebook business and sending its customers to Kobo (excellent move!), and […]

5 Ways That Authors Can Use Facebook Advertising

I’ve got to admit that Twitter is still my favorite social network. It’s how I connect with influencers and find podcast guests, network with other author friends, and I use it to share information every day @thecreativepenn. But after years of resisting, I have now come around to the fact that Facebook is the most […]

Supercharge Your Success As An Indie Author. The Write Stuff Bundle Available Now For A Limited Time

There are two sides to being a successful author these days. The writing and creative side are clearly the bedrock because writers write, and without black on white, you have nothing. But if you want to be a successful author, then once you have written, you have to put on your business hat. There are […]

Writing Tips: Outlining For Genre And Literary Fiction With Libbie Hawker

Today I talk about outlining, writing literary fiction fast and ambition with Libbie Hawker. In the intro I mention my own writing update and how CrimeFest literary festival has changed so much for indies over the last few years, plus, Goodreads expansion into ebook giveaways and email marketing for books on sale, which will see […]

Creativity, Art And Business With Lisa Congdon

Today I’m talking with Lisa Congdon about the creative process as a visual artist, the myth of overnight success, getting over self-doubt about our work, and the importance of multiple streams of income for anyone wanting to be a full-time creative. In the intro, I talk about my trip to Spain (photos here) and lessons […]

Write The Heart Of Your Story. Tips For Writing Emotion With CJ Lyons

As Maya Angelou said, “They may forget what you said and did, but they won’t forget how you made them feel.” If you can move the reader with your writing, they will remember you and become a fan. And that’s true with whatever you’re writing In today’s show, I interview CJ Lyons about tips for […]

Print Only Products: Turn Your Book Into A Notebook Or Workbook

The key to making a living with your writing is to have multiple streams of income, and although indie authors usually make more money with digital than print, there are ways to expand your print portfolio even with existing books. (1) Turn your non-fiction book into a workbook version If you have a non-fiction book […]

How To Use Audio as an Author For Book Sales and Marketing

People connect with people, and humans have used their voices to connect for millennia. It’s hard for authors who favor text, but you can stand out if you use audio for book sales and marketing. In the intro, I talk about the launch of Destroyer of Worlds and the importance of remembering it’s about long-term […]

The Joy Of Going Small. Hawkesbury Upton LitFest And Why Local Writing Events Matter

Last weekend, I attended Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival in the Cotswolds. I was there as J.F.Penn for a crime fiction panel and also to support my Dad, Arthur J.Penn, appearing as an artist-in-residence with his linocut prints. You can watch a little video below or here on YouTube. I actually enjoyed it more than London […]

The Joy Of Genre Mashing: 5 Tips For Writing Cross Genre

Genre is a difficult word as many authors resist being ‘put in a box.’ But the reality is that, when you self-publish, you have to choose three categories for your book. And if you want a traditional publisher, they will have to put you somewhere too. So I tend to think of genre as category […]

How To Self-Publish In India With Rasana Atreya

India is an exciting market for indie authors and today, Rasana Atreya gives an overview of the publishing landscape and outlines tips for self-publishing in India. In the introduction, I talk about the death of Prince and the need to reflect on our mortality and what will make up our creative body of work. I […]

Highlights Of London Book Fair 2016

London Book Fair (LBF) is one of the highlights of the traditional publishing industry calendar. Along with Book Expo America and Frankfurt Book Fair, it is one of the places that agents and publishers go to do business, to sell rights … and to make lots of money with books! So why would an author […]

How To Build An Author Business With Helen Sedwick

Most authors start off self-publishing as a purely creative endeavor, with little expectation around writing more books or earning a great deal. But if you get the bug of writing, you may find yourself with a lot of intellectual property assets that earn you a decent income every month. At that point, you might well […]

Printmaker Arthur J. Penn Explains His Creative Process

My Dad, Arthur J. Penn, is a visual artist currently focusing on printmaking. Today, I’m sharing a short video [1 min 15] that we made of him going through the printmaking process. It’s interesting to learn from other creatives about how they work and, of course, visual art is far more physical than writing. The […]

Attract And Engage Readers With Image Marketing

We’re all busy. Our social media feeds and inboxes are cluttered, but we still want to know what’s going on. And we still need to reach our readers … so how do you stand out in a sea of content?  In today’s article Frances Caballo shares how to use images to attract and engage readers […]

Video Marketing And YouTube Tips For Authors With Michael La Ronn

Video can be a great way to stand out in a crowded book market. In today’s show, Michael La Ronn explains how to use YouTube effectively. I’ve been posting YouTube videos since 2009, but I learned a lot from this interview and am switching up my channel in the coming month. You can check out […]

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