Blog Profile / The Creative Penn

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Archived Since:July 26, 2010

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Writing Habits And Routines, Filling The Creative Well And More Tips On Writing And Productivity

This is an excerpted chapter from my latest book, How To Make a Living with Your Writing. You can’t make a living from your writing if you’re not actually writing. And while writing may seem easy to some and it has its fun moments, it’s actually really hard work! I think it’s the best job […]

Do You Want To Move From Author To Entrepreneur? Check Out The Self-Publishing Summit

I’m super excited about the Self-Publishing Summit, coming up July 12 – 23 – and you can access the amazing speakers for free! Read on to find out more. 35 top authors and entrepreneurs will be speaking and the event’s broken down into 3 steps so it’s easy to navigate. You can get access to […]

On Writing And Mindset For Indie Authors With Susan Kaye Quinn

So much of becoming a successful author, indie or otherwise, is about mindset. Today I talk to Susan Kaye Quinn about some of the biggest issues we all have as writers: self doubt, fear of judgement and comparisonitis. We also go into branding and tips on organizing your marketing. In the intro, I mention the […]

New Book: How To Make A Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn

Here’s my latest book for authors! Now my business has ticked into six figures, I wanted to share how that breaks down and how you can do it too. Would you like to leave your job and make a living with your writing? This book will show you how. I spent 13 years working as […]

Q&A On Writing, Self Publishing And Book Marketing

Today I’m answering some of your questions from The Creative Penn survey – talking about self doubt, what defines a good book, discipline and habits, ideal genres, editing and time spent on marketing. In the intro, I mention the changes with Amazon Kindle Unlimited payments move to page reads as well as machine learning for […]

Gaming, Writing And Collaboration With Nathan Meunier

Gamers love their games, many are addicted and are passionate about the experiences they are immersed in. I think we’d all love to see more of that addictive behavior around books! In today’s show, I interview Nathan Meunier, an author and game journalist, about what we can all learn from gaming. In the intro I […]

Writing Fast, Building An Audience And Facebook Advertising For Authors With Mark Dawson

Recently, Forbes ran an article about Mark Dawson with the headline: Amazon pays $450,000 a year to this self-published writer. Today, I interview Mark about how he writes fast, the empowerment of being indie, Facebook advertising and email list marketing. In the intro I talk about my cycling trip to Croatia which was a much […]

Virtual Reality For Writers, Publishing And Gaming With Rob Morgan

I’ve been excited about virtual reality for a while now and today I finally get to do a whole show on it! Rob Morgan explains what VR and augmented reality are, how the technology impacts writers and storytelling as well as discussing what the future might hold for gaming, education, retail and VR socializing. […]

Making Time to Write When You Have Young Children: Mission Impossible?

When I speak at writing events, one of the most common questions is how to find time to write when life is just so busy for everyone. We all struggle with this regardless of our family situation and I’m happily childfree (by choice), but I have lots of friends with children who juggle multiple conflicting […]

Writing Horror And Making A Living With Your Writing With Michaelbrent Collings

Some of the loveliest authors I know write horror and Michaelbrent Collings is one of them! Today we discuss the boundaries of the horror genre, writing to heal, screenwriting and multiple streams of income. Super fun In the introduction, I talk about the change to the podcast – it will now go out every Monday […]

Pros And Cons Of Being An Indie Author

I spent last weekend at CrimeFest in Bristol alongside lots of amazing crime authors, both traditionally published and indie authors. It was a fantastic time and I met some super people … I found myself in a number of conversations with authors who wanted to know what their publishing options were in a fast-changing market. […]

All Your Editing Questions Answered With Jen Blood

It’s a crowded marketplace these days and you need a quality book to even have a chance of standing out. In my opinion, one of the best investments to help your book become the best it can be is professional editing. In today’s show, we go through all kinds of questions that authors ask about […]

Author Websites Q & A: How To Create An Effective, Mobile-Friendly Website

On a recent post about author websites, I mentioned the importance of a mobile responsive theme. It’s now even more critical to get this sorted for your author website as Google have made changes to their algorithms to favor mobile-friendly sites. I’ve also written in the last few weeks about the rebranding and retitling of […]

Crowdfunding, A Passion For Print And WB Yeats With Orna Ross

Crowdfunding is becoming ever more popular with creatives to raise fund for various projects. But when is it a good idea for an author? In this interview with author, poet and creative coach, Orna Ross, we go into her love of WB Yeats and how this passion has turned into her own print project, as […]

Tips On Screenwriting, Film Rights And Adapting Your Novel With Lucy V. Hay

Most fiction authors have a dream of seeing their stories on the big screen – but it doesn’t have to be a dream. There are lots of things you can do to ensure your story has a chance of success in film/TV. In this interview, Lucy V. Hay gives us some tips. In the intro […]

How To Make A Living With Your Writing. Video Overview

As part of the fantastic IndieRecon free online conference for authors last month, I recorded a 54 min video on How to Make a Living with your Writing. Or at least, how I make my living It’s based on the material in my book, Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur, available in […]

On Changing Book Titles And Covers: My Own Experience And How You Can Do It Too

I’ve just been through a massive rebranding process: re-titling and re-covering the first 3 books in my ARKANE series, and updating the back matter for all the other books. A hefty amount of work! Here’s why and how, just in case you want to go through this sometime. It’s quite a long, confessional style of […]

Writing Fiction: Tips On Plot With Roz Morris

If you need to nail your novel, Roz Morris can help! In her latest book, and this podcast, she explores plot in detail to help you sort yours out. In the intro, I talk about the rebranding, retitling and recovering of my first 3 books; how brilliant IndieRecon was and a little about London Book […]

How To Record Your Own Audiobooks For ACX

Audiobooks are a fantastic growth market for authors, narrators and producers alike, and I’ve been working with fabulous narrators for my fiction since ACX opened up in the UK in 2014. But as a reader, I much prefer to listen to non-fiction audio in the voice of the author themselves, so I decided to record […]

Does Your Author Website Have The Essentials To Attract Readers And Sell Your Books?

Your author website is important, wherever you are on the author journey. Your site portrays your author brand and gives a sense of your personality as well as your professionalism. It’s how people judge you online. It’s the first place a journalist, publisher or agent will look if they are interested in you. They will […]

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