Blog Profile / The Creative Penn

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Archived Since:July 26, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Why I’ve Moved From Scrivener To Vellum For Formatting Ebooks

I love Scrivener. It is the best writing tool and I couldn’t imagine writing without it now. I’ve also been using Scrivener to format my ebooks for the last five years and that has been fine. Until recently. In the last few weeks, a reader reported that a couple of my books had a formatting […]

23 Million Books Sold. How To Have A Successful Long Term Writing Career With Kevin J Anderson

If you want a long-term writing career, then it’s a good idea to listen to people who have walked the path before you … and who are still adapting to the changes in publishing. So, I’m super excited to bring you this interview with Kevin J Anderson today! In the introduction, I mention our PulsePounders […]

Author Entrepreneur: Lessons Learned From Digital Commerce Summit 2016 #DCS2016

I’ve spent the last few days in Denver, Colorado at Digital Commerce Summit (DCS) where I spoke on Intellectual Property Assets, or Making Money with Books. (Yes, I will be posting a version of the talk online in the coming weeks. And yes, it was freezing when I arrived, hence the hoodie!) The conference was […]

The Successful Author Mindset With Joanna Penn

Are you struggling with self-doubt, fear of failure or comparing yourself to other authors? In this interview, Joanna Penn talks about the successful author mindset. (Yes, it’s an interview with me!) In the intro, I talk about the week’s publishing news, including the launch of Amazon Prime Reading, KU page reads allegedly affected by Page […]

Writing Tips: How To Find And Capture Ideas For Your Novel

“Where do you get your ideas from?” Authors get asked this all the time and some get tired of it, because once you get into the hang of capturing ideas and writing them down, it seems like they just happen by magic. But I remember back when I was a cubicle slave and used to […]

From One Novel To A Universe Of Books. Writing A Series That Sells With David Wood

I first met David when he had just written his first novel, and now he runs a small press and has a whole universe of fiction. Here’s some of his lessons learned along the way. In the intro, I mention Kobo’s expansion into Taiwan, NookPress allows free pricing and Amazon changes terms and conditions on […]

Writing Fiction: 7 Steps To Write Your First Novel

Is it your dream to write a novel? Are you unclear on the process? Perhaps you’ve read a ton of books on writing or done a class, but you’re still confused on the way forward. Don’t worry. I know how you feel! When I started out writing fiction, I was just as overwhelmed as you […]

Writing Authentic Settings And Keeping A Series Fresh With Toby Neal

The best way to earn money as an indie fiction author is with a series, but how do you keep that series fresh over the long term? I discuss this topic and the importance of setting with Hawaii-based author, Toby Neal in today’s show. In the introduction, I mention that Sainsburys in the UK has […]

How To Use PR To Authentically Market Your Book With Janet Murray

PR can be great for building your author brand and there are ways to get PR without spending money … IF you can tell a good enough story. In today’s show, Janet Murray explains how. In the (extended) introduction, I mention that Kickstarter now counts as one of the big 5 publishers in terms of […]

My Writing Process, Book Marketing Tips And More. Facebook Live Replay Sept 2016

As ever, it was super fun to answer your questions live on Facebook video! I’m a little flustered at the beginning as I started to record on my personal page and then wondered why my family were watching, so I had to restart on my Creative Penn page. Minor panic! (which is why I don’t […]

How To Self-Edit Your Book And Avoid Common Story Mistakes With Harry Dewulf

How to avoid the common mistakes of first-time authors, plus self-editing tips. Today’s interview with Harry Dewulf will help improve your book. In publishing news, I discuss Bowker’s report on ISBNs, a “Dry Spell” for New Novels on the Bestseller List from The Hot Sheet report, Publisher’s Weekly report on a self-published poetry book selling […]

Lessons Learned From 5 Years As An Author Entrepreneur

Five years ago, in September 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author entrepreneur. Every year since, I have posted a round-up of my lessons learned and things have definitely changed along the way! It’s interesting how the challenges are different at each level and of course, the goals keep moving as […]

Writing Fiction As A Non-Fiction Writer Plus How To Launch Your Book With Tim Grahl

Writing fiction as a non-fiction writer can be a steep learning curve. Tim Grahl and I discuss this today as well as tips for launching your book. In the introduction, I mention BookFunnel’s new giveaway feature, the Arthur C Clarke award opening up to indie authors. Plus, the launch of my new course, How to […]

How To Sell Two Million Self-Published Books With Rachel Abbott

Success as an indie author is not about luck, it’s about putting significant effort into all aspects of the author business. In today’s interview, I talk to Rachel Abbott, one of the UK’s top crime authors, who also happens to be indie. In the intro, I talk about how Amazon has overtaken Flipkart as India’s […]

How To Write Short Stories That Sell With Alan Baxter

Writing short stories can be more challenging than a novel so they’re excellent for developing craft, plus they can also be a good side income. Today I talk to Alan Baxter about how to get ideas for stories, and how to write and sell them. In the intro, I talk about my ARKANE boxset hitting […]

How To Hit The USA Today Bestseller List As A Single Author With Ad Stacking

Last week my ARKANE box-set hit the USA Today bestseller list at #121. This is a case study describing how I did it in case you want to try it yourself. But remember, this is only an anecdote and one person’s experience, so results will depend on each individual situation. Why bother trying to hit […]

Ad Stacking, Writing Habits, Boxsets, And Motivation Through The Tough Times

Live video is something that freaks authors out … me included. But with a cheeky Chilean pinot noir in hand, this intrepid author attempts to answer your questions on Facebook Live! Here’s the replay from last Sunday 14 August where I get into ad stacking and other book marketing tips, as well as writing habits, […]

How To Write And Market Romance With J.A.Huss

Romance writers are ahead of the curve when it comes to marketing, so whatever your genre, you’ll definitely pick up some ideas from this discussion with J.A.Huss. In the intro, I mention physical merchandising with Click here to check out the Creative Mug, and get some ideas about your own author merch. I talk […]

How To Create A Profitable Online Training Course

There has been a massive shift in education in the last few years. People still do local courses in person, but increasingly they are also buying online courses to learn just-in-time information from teachers all over the world. With just a laptop or a phone, and an internet connection, you can learn just about anything […]

How To Write Memorable Characters With Jen Blood

If you write fiction, then creating characters is a must-learn skill. Today I talk to Jen Blood about creating memorable characters. In the intro, I mention the new Draft2Digital Universal Book Links, Amazon launch KU in Japan, Apple launch an Instagram account for iBooks and I discuss lessons learned from the Forbes Richest Author List. […]

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