Blog Profile / The Creative Penn

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Archived Since:July 26, 2010

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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 […]

Soundtracks For Books: How One Author Is Using Booktrack For Her Novels

I live in central London and every time I travel on the Tube, I see people reading … with headphones plugged in. They are listening to music at the same time as reading.  My husband does it at home as well, usually to block out the sound of my interviews for the podcast. Ambient noise […]

Abundance For Authors And Taking Action With Honoree Corder

The ‘poor, starving artist’ myth has kept a lot of creatives down, but we’re living in a time of abundance – of creativity, of global readership and of the opportunity to publish and reach them. In this interview, Honoree Corder shares her abundance ideas for authors, plus some interesting ideas for expanding income streams. In […]

Broken, Not Bitter. An Author’s Life with Repetitive Strain Injuries

A writer’s life is not an inherently healthy one. We sit for long periods of time, and studies show that sedentary behavior is bad for us. We hunch over keys, creating back problems. We stare at screens, giving us headaches and we type and mouse a lot. All of this can lead to Repetitive Strain […]

Q&A Show On Self-Publishing And Book Marketing With Joanna Penn

In today’s show, I tackle more of your questions from The Creative Penn survey about self-publishing and marketing. The last Q&A show was one of the most popular of the podcast, so I hope you enjoy this one too. In the intro, I mention that I visited Highgate Cemetery yesterday and if you’re a fellow […]

How To Build Your Own Self-Hosted Author Website In Under 30 Minutes

Your website is one of the most important things to get sorted if you’re taking your career as an author seriously. It’s your home on the internet and the hub for your books. It’s how readers, agents, publishers, journalists, bloggers and podcasters judge how professional you are. It’s where you can start to build an […]

Discipline And Practice In Writing And Swordfighting With Guy Windsor

Sometimes I just have to interview people I think are super cool and today I talk about swordfighting with Guy Windsor I haven’t yet included a swordfighting scene into my modern day thrillers, but it might have to happen, because this was a lot of fun We also talk about how the discipline and practice […]

How I Make A Six Figure Income With My Writing

I love the transparency of the indie world. It’s so important for us to share information so we can learn from each other. I’ve just finished my 2014 -2015 tax returns in the UK, so I wanted to share my breakdowns in the hope that it helps you with your author business. How does my […]

Productivity And Working Smarter, Confidence For Writers And Breaking The Rules With Chandler Bolt

I love meeting people who challenge me by what they accomplish and how they work. Chandler Bolt has inspired me with his focused and ‘work smarter’ approach and today I interview him about how he does it. Here come the productivity tips! In the intro, I talk about the launch of Deviance and the Desecration […]

5 Lessons Learned From Writing 10 Fiction Books

Deviance is out today! It’s my tenth fiction book, the 3rd in the London Psychic series which completes the trilogy. There are also 7 books in the ARKANE series, 4 novels and 3 novellas. So these days, I finally feel like I have a bit of a clue about what I’m doing so here’s a […]

Genre, Story Tips And Getting A Film Deal With Charles Harris

It’s always good to learn from industry professionals outside our direct area of writing. Today I discuss genre, loglines and getting a film deal with Charles Harris. In the intro, I mention some VERY exciting news! I’ve just hired my husband out of his corporate job to join the business and that gives me more […]

Start Before You Know What You’re Doing. Interview With Joanna Penn On The Writer’s Journey.

I’m in my 7th year of the writing journey and things have changed a LOT in that time! In this interview on Lovelyn Bettison’s Imagine the Possibilities podcast, I go through how it all got started, how I changed careers and what I’ve learned along the way. I talk about going from newbie author to […]

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