Blog Profile / The Creative Penn

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Archived Since:July 26, 2010

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Writing Tips: 5 Rules for Writing Creative Non-Fiction

The techniques of fiction can be used in non-fiction to bring the truth alive, and in today's article, Antony M. Brown from outlines some tips.  In the movie Infamous, there is a scene in which Harper Lee and Truman Capote are discussing the book he is writing about the Clutter murders, the brutal slaying of […]

Writing Christian Fiction And Success Over A Long Career With Jerry B Jenkins

How do you write consistently over a long career? How do you deal with huge ‘overnight' success on your 125th book? How do you balance faith and a great story when writing Christian fiction? I talk about these topics and more with mega-bestselling author Jerry B Jenkins on today's show. In the introduction, I mention […]

Writing Tips: 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Injuring Your Fictional Characters

My main character in the ARKANE thriller series (and alter-ego), Morgan Sierra, has been beaten up, stabbed, shot, scratched by demon claws, and almost blown up over the nine books I've been writing her story.  That's what you get as an action adventure heroine! But how much can we injure our characters and still write in […]

6 Tips for Successful Self-Publishing Outside Your Home Country

Regular readers of the blog and listeners to my podcast know that I am always excited about global opportunities for writers.  I have recently started using PublishDrive to get my books onto Google Play and so of the other international retailers that are hard to reach through other (primarily US based) distributors.  In today's article, Zsofia […]

Mobile, Multimedia, And An Audience Of Voracious Readers. Talking Wattpad with Ashleigh Gardner

Forget print. Look at the rise and rise of mobile reading and writing, especially amongst Millennials. In today's show, Ashleigh Gardner talks about the latest developments from Wattpad. In the intro, I talk about how Amazon KDP Select has moved to KENPC v.3 and some of what authors are saying about it, lessons we can […]

Book Trailers: What They Are, What They Were, And What’s Next

I'm fascinated by book trailers. On the one hand, they seem like an awesome way to bring a book to life and catch the attention of impatient scrollers on Facebook or YouTube. They can definitely drive potential buyers to your books and I've used them myself as part of launch campaigns for fiction and non-fiction. […]

Book Marketing Questions to Help You Sell More Books

If your book isn’t selling what you hoped, you can use these questions as a checklist to determine whether you’ve done everything possible to help it reach the right readers. Of course, you don't have to do everything on this list, but choosing elements from each section will help your book stand out from the crowded […]

Your Magic Bakery Of Intellectual Property Rights With Dean Wesley Smith

As an author, you create a piece of art. But you also create an intellectual property asset that you can license in multiple ways to provide you with a long-term income. In today's show, I discuss the concept of the magic bakery with Dean Wesley Smith. In the intro, I discuss how the traditional publishing […]

How To Get Book Reviews As An Unknown Author

A few months ago, I started a new pen-name and have kept it secret in order to avoid ‘pollution' of the also-boughts. But it has been SO hard because I have basically started from scratch – with no email list, no street team, no reviews, no platform, no social media.  The pen-name is slowly gathering […]

Polarities Of Book Marketing. Where Do You Sit On The Scale?

Book marketing is not a monolithic thing, it doesn't happen at one single time, and your marketing activities will change over your career as a writer. There is no magic bullet, only a number of different options that you can utilize along your author journey.  Here are some of the opposite polarities on the marketing […]

Balancing Ambition And Contentment. Lessons Learned From Thrillerfest 2017

In today's show, I talk about my lessons learned from Thrillerfest 2017 on balancing ambition and contentment, the current publishing and book marketing environment, writing craft tips, the ethos of the working writer, and more. In the introduction, I mention how China's online reading and digital experience is challenging the Kindle (Forbes), how second-hand ebooks […]

How Walt Disney Made Me A Better Writer

Authors are used to creating alone, but most creative industries work in teams and this is spreading into the writing industry in the growth of co-writing.  I've talked before about Jim Henson and his workshop of puppet storytellers, and artist Damien Hirst and his team of artisans. In today's article, Jim Denney talks about how […]

9 Ways To Get The Very Best Out Of Your Book Cover Designer

A great cover design is one of the best ways to help your book get noticed because readers DO judge a book by its cover. Your book cover will also be one of the best marketing assets you can invest in because you will use it everywhere – on your book sales page, your website, […]

Real Artists Don’t Starve. Creativity And Money With Jeff Goins

It's time to banish the poor author back to the garret and explode the myths of the penniless creative. Choose the model of Picasso and Michelangelo, merging creativity and business to get your words out in the world, change lives and grow your bank account. We live in the best time in history to be […]

4 Ways To Develop The Unique Voice Of Your Character

Think about some of your favorite series – either books or TV shows. Why do you keep going back for more?  It's most likely to be about the characters because people are interested in people. We experience life vicariously through the experiences of others, real or fictional, and that's why we love character-driven story.  In […]

7 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Book Promotion

My marketing advice comes from my own experience of selling books under multiple pen names, but it is only anecdotal and what works for me might not work for you. The best advice comes from the organizations that work with multiple authors and have thousands of books going through their platform a month, collecting data […]

How To Write Fast, Publish Slowly And Focus On Your Author Marketing With Rachel Aaron

We all have limited time, and part of being a successful author is knowing what to focus on. In today's show, I talk to Rachel Aaron about how to write more words faster, edit and publish carefully, and how to decide which marketing strategies will work for your books. In the intro, I reflect on […]

Do You Want To Sell More Books And Reach More Readers? How To Market A Book. Third Edition Out Now

Do you want to sell more books and reach more readers? Do you want to discover how to build an author career for the long-term as well as spike your book sales right now? How to Market a Book Third Edition is out today in ebook, print and audio formats. (Coming soon on Audible.) The […]

5 Tips For Writing Superbad Villains

I really enjoy writing my villains. I can channel my dark side and it helps me think about character motivation far more than I do for the protagonist. Because the villain is the hero of their own story, and their reasons for destroying the world (in my books) needs to be convincing. In today's article, […]

The Rollercoaster Of Traditional And Indie Publishing With Sean Black

Many authors still want a traditional deal and in today's show, thriller author Sean Black talks about his journey from winning the literary lottery through to happy indie success. In the intro, I talk about the new multi-currency pricing feature on PublishDrive and a reflection on 10 years of the iPhone, released on 29 June […]

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