Blog Profile / The Creative Penn

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Archived Since:July 26, 2010

Blog Post Archive

New Books: Co-Writing A Book And Risen Gods

Creative challenge is part of why we do what we do and my first co-writing experience has had its ups and downs, but overall, it’s been fantastic! Here are the two books that J. Thorn and I have written together – a dark fantasy thriller and a little book on how we did it, and […]

What Happens When An Author Dies. Estate Planning With Kathryn Goldman

Copyright in most countries is 50-70 years after the death of the author and your intellectual property assets can go on earning for your heirs and successors … but only if you make the right preparations in advance. In today’s interview, I talk to attorney Kathryn Goldman about appropriate estate planning for indie authors. In […]

Translation For Indie Authors Plus Profanación in Spanish

It is an incredibly exciting time to be a writer! Indie authors can now publish in 190 countries (and I have personally sold books in 68), and in ebook, print and audiobook formats. Indie authors can get film deals and print distribution deals with bookstores and even with Walmart! Indie authors can also get their […]

Motivation For Creative People With Mark McGuinness

We all want to write, but sometimes it’s hard to find the motivation. In this interview, Mark McGuinness explores what motivates us as creatives and what can keep us going for the long term. In the intro, I mention my own writing updates and why it’s important to cut through all the noise and focus […]

How To Co-Write A Book. Collaboration And Co-Creation With J Thorn

We all use a team when we self-publish – editors and cover designers, in particular. But co-writing a book is something quite different. I’ve just co-written Risen Gods with J. Thorn and in today’s interview/discussion, we talk about how the process worked, the challenges and what we learned along the way. In the intro, I […]

How To Dictate Your Book With Monica Leonelle

One of my big goals for 2016 will be to move to dictation for first draft fiction and non-fiction. In this podcast, Monica Leonelle explains why dictation is so brilliant for writers and some technical tips on making it work for you. In the introduction, I mention the books I’m working on writing at the […]

Pros And Cons Of Indie And Traditional Publishing Plus Virtual Reality With Dean Crawford

Dean Crawford won the ‘literary lottery’ with a fantastic deal with traditional publishing for his first book – but now he is an outspoken indie. In this podcast interview, he explains why and we also delve into some virtual reality fun! In the intro, I talk about my recent move to Bath, an update on […]

Writing And Editing Fiction: 7 Things To Fix In Your First Self-Edit

Writing a book is a process and it can be broken down into parts. There’s the idea gathering and then creative outpouring of the first draft when you can banish critical voice. But then the editing begins, and the first step is self-editing, a crucial part of the process that will also help you save […]

The End of Jobs And The Rise Of Creative Entrepreneurs With Taylor Pearson

Indie authors are just one part of the global renaissance in creativity and entrepreneurship. There are now indie film-makers, indie musicians, indie gaming companies as well as maker movements in all kinds of crafts, science and tech. Consumers are buying from small batch breweries, artisan breadmakers, Etsy crafters and farmers’ markets. People are turning away […]

Writing: The Art of Turning a Unique Phrase

Originality in writing is something we all strive for. But sometimes we’re all guilty of over-using the same words and descriptions. In today’s article, Becca Puglisi from One Stop For Writers shares some ideas that might help. One of the things that pumps me up the most when I’m reading a book is when the […]

Creativity, Productivity, Fear And Writing. An Interview With Joanna Penn

Today I’m interviewed by Sarah Painter from about definition of success, creativity, productivity and facing fear as a writer. In the intro I mention that I am away in Paris as this goes out, as well as an update on Risen Gods and how I am using 99Designs to get a custom map done […]

Successful Freelance Writing And Confidence For Writers With Carol Tice

Confidence in writing and valuing your words are so important, and today’s interview with Carol Tice focuses on how you can develop that as well as some great tips about making very good money with freelance writing. In the intro, I discuss Russell Blake’s recent post about what he would say to his earlier indie […]

Writing Discipline And Mindset For Authors With James Scott Bell

In this wide-ranging interview, James Scott Bell and I discuss aspects of making a living with your writing, including discipline and writing tips, plus mindset and how art and commerce can play happily together! In the intro, I mention the demise of Oyster’s subscription service but why I’m excited that there might be something happening […]

From Newbie Blogger To A Six Figure Business Built On A Blog

This is a very exciting day for me! My blogging journey feels like it has come full circle, so I hope this story will encourage you whatever stage you’re at. Here’s my interview on Entrepreneur’s Journey with Yaro Starak. You can listen to the story and my tips for blogging and writing on YouTube here, […]

Don’t Go Exclusive. Build A Long Term Career As An Author On Multiple Platforms With Liliana Hart

If you want to build a long-term career as an author, you need to grow your readership on multiple platforms, with multiple quality products. Today, superstar indie author Liliana Hart shares her experiences and tips. In the intro, I talk about the latest Author Earnings report which shows that indie books now make up 42% […]

How To Write Your Book Sales Description With Bryan Cohen

It’s hard enough to write thousands of words for a book … But then you have to turn that into a few hundred words to sell it to readers. In today’s show, Bryan Cohen and I deconstruct book sales descriptions in detail. In the introduction, I mention the expansion of indie authors into the print […]

Lessons Learned From 4 Years As An Author Entrepreneur

Four years ago in Sept 2011, I gave up my job as a business consultant to become a full time author entrepreneur. Every year since, I have reflected on what I have learned along the way. To recap, here’s the post when I gave up my job, here’s lessons learned from year 1, year 2 […]

State Of The Indie Nation With Mark Coker

In today’s show, Smashwords CEO Mark Coker and I review the state of the indie nation and how things have changed since we both met in 2010. In the intro, I talk about completing the Creative Freedom Course and how excited I am about helping people discover how to make a living with their writing. […]

Writing And Editing: Five Problems to Avoid in Your First Novel

The first novel is definitely the hardest! You think you have internalized how a story works as a reader and then you discover there is so much more to learn. In this article, Natasa Lekic from New York Book Editors takes us through five problems that are common in first novels and how to avoid them. […]

Book Marketing Tips For Fiction And Non-Fiction With Ricci Wolman

I love learning from smart marketers who are using data to analyze what actually works in selling books. In today’s show, Ricci Wolman shares some brilliant tips based on extensive sales data through Freebooksy, Bargainbooksy and more. In the intro I mention the first Createspace print on demand book to hit the bestseller lists, perhaps […]

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