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Blog Profile / The Creative Penn


URL :http://www.thecreativepenn.com/
Filed Under:Arts / Writing
Posts on Regator:615
Posts / Week:2.7
Archived Since:July 26, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Self Development. We All Need Mentors At Different Points In The Journey.

I love to learn, and I’ve been sharing what I learn on this blog for almost 6 years now! I had an email from a lady the other week and she asked me, “How do you continue when things are tough?” This could be about writing, or just life in general, but for me, it’s […]

Book Cover Design And Entrepreneurship With Derek Murphy

There are two things that are non-negotiable in my opinion for indie authors who want to sell books. Professional editing and professional cover design. In today’s episode, I talk about book cover design with Derek Murphy, who designs all my book covers, plus we discuss the importance of artists also being entrepreneurial. In the intro, […]

Beating Self-Censorship And How Embracing The Shadow Helps My Fiction

I recently did an all-encompassing interview with the lovely Deb Ozarko about changing the status quo. We talked a lot about going indie, self-publishing and creative entrepreneurship, but we also got into some deep and meaningful topics. I must admit to being fueled by pinot noir for the interview, so I opened up a lot […]

Why The Writing Journey Is Just Like Skiing

Everybody wants to know the best way to write, to publish, to market. But although there are tracks to follow and experts to emulate, there really is no single right way to do anything in the author life. We will all have a different journey. Imagine that you want to ski down a hill. Even […]

The Christian Publishing Market With Jeremy Bouma

I have a degree in Theology and my interest in religion is enmeshed in my fiction. I write books that can be described as religious thrillers, and yet I’m not a Christian, although I do describe myself as spiritual. In today’s show, I interview Jeremy Bouma about the complexities of the Christian publishing market, and […]

Adapting A Novel And Other Lessons Learned From London Screenwriter’s Festival

A few weeks ago, I attended the London Screenwriter’s Festival which was a cornucopia of fascinating information and networking packed into a couple of intense days. Authors can learn a lot from screenwriters, especially in an age where there’s some amazing television. After getting rid of the physical TV six years ago, we’ve been downloading […]

Pitching Literary Festivals, Genre Boundaries And Crime Fiction. With Clare Mackintosh

I attend quite a few literary festivals and I always come away having learned something. I definitely think they are worth going to for the new perspectives as well as the networking opportunities. Today on the blog, I interview crime author Clare Mackintosh, who also runs a literary festival in Chipping Norton in the UK. […]

Reinvention And Lessons From The Journey. Special Podcast Episode 200

It’s a big day! This is episode 200 of the podcast! The first show went out in March 2009, so this also marks over 4.5 years of podcasting every couple of weeks. That has to be a milestone worth celebrating! In the extended intro, I reflect on the last 100 episodes and how things have […]

How To Get A Unique Illustration For Your Book Cover

With the explosion of creativity that is the indie publishing revolution, you may have noticed the array of book covers that use similar stock photos in their designs. Some authors these days have private photo shoots to ensure their cover images are unique, but what about if you have a smaller budget, or you want […]

Indie Author Power Pack. 99c For 3 Of The Biggest Books In Self-Publishing. Plus An Exclusive Interview.

Cue exciting music … dim the lights … And get ready for all the writing, self-publishing and book marketing advice that you can handle in the super-duper … Indie Author Power Pack! Including 3 of the top-selling books for indie authors PLUS/ a 1 hour exclusive conversation – never heard before – with me, David […]

From The First Book To Running A Multi Genre Story Studio With Sean Platt

For some authors, this creative life is about seeing their one book in the world. Others have a vision of their stories reaching the world in many forms, over many years. Today I interview Sean Platt about the beginning of his story studio, and his journey from co-author of one book to the multi-faceted creative […]

How To Be Successful In Self-Publishing

Last week, I spoke at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the Kobo booth and talked about what it takes to be successful in self-publishing to a small group of indie authors. Thanks to Camille Mofidi from Kobo Writing Life Europe for inviting me and also getting me a star on the walk of fame – […]

Six Figure Success Self-Publishing Non-Fiction Books With Steve Scott

If you want a six figure income from your books, it’s a good idea to model people who are already making this kind of money. Steve Scott seemed to burst onto the indie non-fiction scene in early 2014, but in fact, he has 42 books and has had an internet business since 2006. I interview […]

How To Read Your Own AudioBook And Sell Direct To Customers

I love ACX.com and I am all in with my fiction there, but I’m also a podcaster and after years of doing my own interviews and audio, I decided to read my own non-fiction audiobook, and sell it direct! Here’s how. Recording the book I live in a basement flat with pretty good acoustics for […]

Copyright, Publishing Contract Clauses, Image Use And Avoiding Getting Sued With Helen Sedwick

There are questions that come up over and over again in the self-publishing world: What does copyright even mean? How do I write about real people and not get sued? How can I protect against piracy? Today, I interview lawyer Helen Sedwick about these and many other legal issues. In the intro, I talk about […]

Q&A Time: My Journey, Writing Routine, Author Platform Tips, Global Publishing And Mistakes

I recorded this video for the Gulf Coast Writer’s Conference recently and I thought you might find it interesting as well. It’s 26 mins long and contains slides and images as well as my talking head Thanks to thriller author Michael Lister for the invitation! I also recently interviewed Michael about his religious thrillers, if […]

Writing Religious Thrillers And Storytelling Lessons From Commercial TV With Simon Toyne

It’s always fantastic to talk to mega bestselling authors and a few years back, Simon Toyne’s Sanctus series was one of the biggest books in the UK, as well as an international bestseller. In this interview, he explains the inspiration behind the books and how 20 years of TV experience taught him the most important […]

Launch Of Business For Authors. How To Be An Author Entrepreneur Ebook, Print And Audiobook

Everything you need to run a business as an author. I’m excited to launch Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur today, as it contains everything I have learned from 13 years of being a business consultant, and 6 years of being an author. This is not a book on creativity or the […]

The Self-Publishing Revolution Is Only Just Beginning. Reflections On My Stockholm Trip

I spent a couple of days in Stockholm last week, and did three events in just over 24 hours for Lava Forlag, meeting authors at all stages of the journey. Here are my reflections on my time there. The indie revolution is expanding… and it is incredibly exciting to see the light dawning in people’s […]

How Has Self-Publishing Changed In The Last 2 Years? Interview With David Gaughran.

Today I interview David Gaughran, author and outspoken commentator on all things indie. David has just released the second edition of his fantastic book, Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should from Amazon, Amazon UK, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo for $4.99/£2.99. This book is one of the reasons I decided […]

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