Blog Profile / The Creative Penn

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Archived Since:July 26, 2010

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Book Trailers And Using Video For Book Marketing

I’m definitely a fan of multimedia as one aspect of marketing. I’ve been doing audio podcasts and videos for nearly 5 years now and I think it can help stand out from the crowd since authors, unsurprisingly, mostly use text based marketing. I’ve also made my own book trailers before, for Pentecost and also for […]

Getting Your Self-Published Book Into Bookstores And Libraries With Debbie Young

Many authors want to get their self-published books into physical bookstores and libraries as well as being allowed into literary organizations. In today’s interview, I talk to Debbie Young about how this can be done. In the introduction, I talk about speaking on the Shetland Islands, my article on the rollercoaster of being a writer, […]

The Writing Life: Research, Ideas, Genre, Process And Tips For A Creative Career

I recently did a wide-ranging and fun interview on the Genretainment podcast with Marx Pyle and Julie Seaton. We talked about how I got into writing and why I write supernatural thrillers, the challenges when first starting out, the details of my writing life and how I get ideas and research books, plus tips on […]

The Roller Coaster Of Being A Writer. Do You Ever Feel This Way?

I hate writing. It’s so hard to force myself to sit and type words that are a load of crap anyway. I love writing. Some days I can get into a flow state and the words come effortlessly onto the page, and they’re actually pretty good! I love creating something from just my brain. It’s […]

Overwhelmed As An Author? How To Work With Virtual Assistants With Chris Ducker

As you move from just being an author to running a business as an author, you will need to find people to work with you and take things off your shoulders. You’re a writer, so you need to offload some of the other tasks, even if you can do it all yourself. I know how […]

Recommended Books For Writing, Self-Publishing, Book Marketing And Creative Entrepreneurship

These are some of the books I love and recommend for authors. I know there are gazillion more, but these have been the most useful to me on my own writing journey. Books on Writing and Creativity On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King. Insights about writing that will make you feel […]

Time To Sort Out Your Author Website?

After writing and publishing your book, sorting out your author website is an important next step. But what kind of author website do you need? Do you have one book and only really need a quick book launch page? Are you an established author with lots of books with a need for more professionalism? Do […]

The Story Grid. How To Tell A Story And Edit Your Fiction With Shawn Coyne

If a reader can’t put your book down, it’s because you wrote a good story. And if a reader makes it to the end of the book and is satisfied, they are likely to buy your next book. And that makes for happy readers … and writers! In today’s show, I interview Shawn Coyne about […]

Productivity For Writers: 5 Ways To Become More Productive

Some of the most common emails I receive every day include: How do I find the time to write? And how do you get everything done? While I don’t write a book a month (at the moment!), I do get quite a lot done! I published 4 new books in 2014 in ebook and print, […]

Behind The Scenes In My Writing Life Featuring The Swiss Ball And My Brompton Bicycle

Last year, Amazon came and filmed me for a day, and I took them to some of the places where I write, as well as socialize. They made a few videos of the day. In the first, you get to see behind the scenes at my flat (notice the swiss ball and motivational pinboard!) and […]

Ebooks: A Treasure Trove For Dyslexic Readers

 Reading has always been my escape as well as my hobby, my education as well as my entertainment and inspiration. I am a book junkie! But there are people who struggle with reading. I have dyslexia in my family and I have friends with children who are dyslexic. I usually point them towards Richard Branson, […]

The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide With Joel Friedlander

When I first started this blog back in Dec 2008, one of the first people I met online was Joel Friedlander. We did the same course on how to start blogging, but Joel was already way ahead of me in self-publishing as he had started years before and was (and still is) an expert on […]

Game Changing Technology For Self Publishing Children’s Picture Books With Laura Backes

Up until recently, one of the hardest markets to self-publish in has been the children’s picture book market. But that has now all changed with the launch of KDP Kindle Kids’ Book Creator, a tool from Amazon to help publish image-based books for children. This could be a game-changer! In today’s podcast, I discuss this […]

How To Grow Your Fiction Email List Subscribers. My Own Case Study

Your email list is the only way to consistently let fans know about your work. If you own this list, you can always earn money from your creative work. Email is a critical part of how I connect with my audience, as well as how I make income, because once you have a list of […]

Habits Of A Book Junkie In A Digital World

Reading has always been my idea of fun! I love reading and I love books, plus I believe writers are usually great readers. We spend our lives immersed with our minds elsewhere, in someone else’s world or one of our own creation. Happy times indeed! Hugh Howey posted a video about his reading habits and […]

How To Make A Living As An Author. Joanna Penn With Mark McGuinness

Today’s podcast features me as a guest, which makes a change! It’s an in-depth interview ranging through my fiction writing and branding, to the aspects of making a living as a writer. In the introduction, I talk about achievements of 2014, goals for 2015 and my take on the recent posts about falling income and […]

Write Books You Love. Think Global. Consider Multiple Streams Of Income

There’s been much teeth-gnashing in the indie community in the last month with lots of posts about quitting, about income dropping with Kindle Unlimited and the new EU Tax Law, about this or that changing. There’s also been a rash of super blog posts, and in this article, I want to round a few things […]

Writing And Creative Entrepreneur Goals For 2015

After wrestling with letting go of self-censorship in 2014, I am ready to embrace the ups and downs of the creative process in 2015. As Dean Wesley Smith says, “Dare to be bad,” and something good will come out of it! I feel as if my basic process and business model is now (finally) set, […]

End Of Year Reflection On Creative Goals Achieved For 2014

Here we are again! The year rushes by and we stand at the end wondering what we achieved in the last 12 months! This is one of the reasons I love blogging – the passing of time is actually trackable. We all change, our goals change, but at least by writing out what we want […]

Christmas Day Reading List 2014

Happy Holidays everyone! Holidays are for reading, in my opinion. Yes, yes, I know – every day is for reading but holidays mean you can spend more hours devouring books in any format. Here are some of the books I’ve enjoyed or found useful this year: some are useful for writers, others may change your […]

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