Blog Profile / The Creative Penn

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Publishing Tip: Why Authors Shouldn’t Worry About Piracy

One of the common questions from new writers is, “How do I stop people pirating my work?”  Many of them are even concerned about sending a manuscript to an editor, just in case it ends up on Amazon as a bestselling book under another name. But authors should be more concerned about obscurity than about […]

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 […]

Writing Tips: 7 Steps to Deal with Overwriting

I love being a writer because there is always more to learn about the craft. And even if you do know something already, it never hurts to revisit the basics.  Today, Charlie Wilson from The Book Specialist gives us some tips on avoiding overwriting. Whether you’re an aspiring fiction author or a seasoned novelist, overwriting is […]

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 Use Story In Your Non-Fiction Author Business

Storytelling is not just for fiction authors these days. Increasingly, businesses and brands are using the power of story to engage people. If you write non-fiction, then you can use story to bring life to your books … and your marketing. In this article, Melissa Addey, author of The Storytelling Entrepreneur, explains how.  Over the […]

From Indie Author To Small Press. Print Books, ISBNs, Branding And More

In January 2017, I launched Curl Up Press – a publishing imprint under my company, The Creative Penn Limited. In this article, I’ll explain why I moved to a small press model, what the implications are for my books and products as well as fun stuff like ISBNs. What is Curl Up Press? How does […]

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 […]

3 Copywriting “Tricks” That Can Help You Sell More Non Fiction Books

Many authors are intimidated by ‘copywriting,’ considering it somehow less creative than writing books. But we all need to understand the principles of copywriting as authors. Copywriting is writing to sell, or writing so that people take action on our words. We need copywriting for our sales descriptions (or back blurbs), as well as our […]

What Are You Writing? Word Count. Standalone, Series or Serial.

‘What are you writing?’ can seem like quite a simple question until you consider the range of possibilities. I’m currently in the early stages of shaping a new story and I’m still not quite clear on exactly what it is ???? Will it be stand-alone, or the start of a new series? What word count […]

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 […]

3 Key Strategies for Thriving in the Ever-Changing World of Being an Author

Every day we hear of new strategies for writing faster or book marketing, we learn of a new tool that could help our author business, or we listen to a podcast that gives us more ideas. The To Do list doesn’t ever get shorter, and the world will not stop changing around us. We have […]

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 […]

Using Libraries To Boost Your Indie Publishing Business

As readers, we grew up with libraries but many indie authors struggle to get their self-published books into libraries, even though they are crying out for more content at lower prices because of funding cuts. In this article, Rachel Amphlett shares how she is able to get her books into libraries in Australia, which contributes […]

How To Research Your Novel … And When To Stop

I love book research. It’s one of the most fun parts of the book creation process for me, but I definitely need to make sure I don’t disappear down the rabbit-hole of research and forget to actually write! In this article, I’ll explain how to conduct research for your books, how to organize and manage the information you […]

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 […]

How to Choose a Book Idea: Using the Hedgehog Concept

If you want to write a book, how do you know if your idea is worth pursuing? Today’s guest post is from Jeff Elkins who introduces us to what Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, calls The Hedgehog Concept. Living a writing life is all about wearing two hats; the creative, and the businessperson. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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