Blog Profile / The Creative Penn

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Archived Since:July 26, 2010

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How To Find Your Author Voice With Roz Morris

It took me a lot of time and writing to find my author voice. In today’s show, Roz Morris and I discuss how you can find yours. In the intro, I report back on my 100km Race to the Stones walk and how ultra-marathons are a bit like writing. Plus, I mention the RWA report […]

9 Lessons Learned About Writing From Walking 100km In A Weekend

Last weekend I completed the Race to the Stones, 100 km from Lewknor to Avebury standing stones along the Ridgeway, one of Britain’s oldest walking trails. I did it over 2 days, so I walked 50km on Saturday, then camped and then walked the final 50km on Sunday … and despite weeping a lot in […]

How To Give Away Free Books And Why You Should With Damon Courtney From BookFunnel

Indie authors are a lot like tech start-ups, bootstrapping and pivoting and trying new things. In today’s show, I go full-on geek with Damon Courtney as we discuss how mobile reading impacts publishing, piracy, direct sales and much more. In the intro I mention the rise of augmented reality with Pokemon Go, Daemon by Daniel […]

Think Long Term. Create A Body Of Work.

This is an excerpt from The Successful Author Mindset. Out now in ebook, print, workbook and audiobook formats. Logically, we know that overnight success is a myth. When we see stories in the media about a particular author who made it big, who seemed to come from nowhere, there are usually years of hard work […]

How To Become A Freelance Food Writer With Kate Parham Kordsmeier

Who doesn’t love food and writing?! In today’s show, I discuss both with Kate Parham Kordsmeier. In the intro, I mention Orna Ross’s article on How independent are indie authors anyway?, Audible’s new podcast subscription service, my blog post on how to create boxsets and why you should, plus I talk about my own writing […]

Writing and Publishing: Facebook Live Q&A Replay 3 July 2016 with Joanna Penn

We had another fun Facebook Live session last weekend, so thanks to everyone who came along. I’m a morning person so doing evening stuff is always difficult, so I thought I would just do 20 minutes, but it turned into another full hour and everyone was very enthusiastic! It turns out that these live streams […]

How To Create An Ebook Boxset Or Bundle And Why You Should

Traditional publishers have always made box-sets for print books, and over the last few years, they have become popular for ebook bundling, rising high in the bestseller lists as customers snap up the deals, boosted by BookBub and other promotions. Box-sets can be a great opportunity for authors to collaborate with other authors to reach […]

How Authors Can Use 3D Printing With Kevin Koekkoek

Regular listeners to the show will know how much of a futurist I am, so this is an exciting episode as I discuss 3D printing with Kevin Koekkoek and how authors can use it right now. Fun! In the intro, I mention the launch of The Successful Author Mindset, Nook announce print-on-demand service, Amazon announces […]

Writing and Publishing: Facebook Live Q&A Replay June 2016 with Joanna Penn

I’m generally pretty reticent about doing live online stuff. I pre-record the podcast and edit it so you get a smooth audio, and I get really nervous before anything live. But my friend Mark Dawson encouraged me to do a Facebook Live video Q&A. He even said it would be fun. So I tried it […]

New Book Out Now. The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook For Surviving The Writer’s Journey

Today is an exciting and also terrifying day, because this is my most honest book to date. It contains excerpts from my journals which hopefully will help you understand that you’re not alone. Being a writer is not just about typing. It’s also about surviving the roller-coaster of the creative journey. Self-doubt, fear of failure, […]

How To Write 50,000 Words In A Month With Grant Faulkner

NaNoWriMo changed my writing life in 2009 when I wrote the first few thousand words of what eventually became Stone of Fire. Writing a speedy first draft without self-censoring is still what I aim for with my books, and in today’s show I discuss how it can be done with Grant Faulkner. In the intro, […]

How To Banish Writer’s Block With K.M.Weiland

Many creatives suffer periods of ‘block,’ but there are ways to get through. Today I talk to K.M.Weiland about the different kinds of writer’s block and how to deal with them. In the intro, I talk about the crackdown on discount ebook promotional sites as Pixel of Ink announces its shutdown. Plus, the Author Mindset […]

Writing Lesbian Fiction With Clare Lydon

As writers, we bring life to the page and through those experiences, others can live vicariously. We often write outside our own realm of personal experience, so it’s fantastic to learn from Clare Lydon today about writing lesbian fiction and gain an insight into what some get wrong in the portrayal of gay characters. In […]

Book Marketing: Facebook Advertising For Authors With Mark Dawson

Facebook advertising is a core part of my business now, and I only started using it because of Mark Dawson. In this interview, we discuss why Facebook Ads are so powerful and some specific examples as to how to use them, wherever you are in your author career. If you’d like a demo, you can […]

Almost Six Figures. My Breakdown Of One Year Of Book Sales By Format, Vendor, Genre, And Country

The publishing industry is awash with various sales figures from different sources, and a hell of a lot of smoke and mirrors. does a great job of highlighting indie sales on the various stores, showing the indie share of ebook sales and income rising. Their latest report for May 2016 goes into the numbers […]

The Visual Writer: Using Images To Bring Your Writing Alive With Nancy Hendrickson

As authors, we turn written words into images in reader’s minds, but we can also use images in our book research and marketing. In today’s show, I discuss these topics and more with Nancy Hendrickson. In the intro, I mention Waterstones UK leaving the ebook business and sending its customers to Kobo (excellent move!), and […]

5 Ways That Authors Can Use Facebook Advertising

I’ve got to admit that Twitter is still my favorite social network. It’s how I connect with influencers and find podcast guests, network with other author friends, and I use it to share information every day @thecreativepenn. But after years of resisting, I have now come around to the fact that Facebook is the most […]

Supercharge Your Success As An Indie Author. The Write Stuff Bundle Available Now For A Limited Time

There are two sides to being a successful author these days. The writing and creative side are clearly the bedrock because writers write, and without black on white, you have nothing. But if you want to be a successful author, then once you have written, you have to put on your business hat. There are […]

Writing Tips: Outlining For Genre And Literary Fiction With Libbie Hawker

Today I talk about outlining, writing literary fiction fast and ambition with Libbie Hawker. In the intro I mention my own writing update and how CrimeFest literary festival has changed so much for indies over the last few years, plus, Goodreads expansion into ebook giveaways and email marketing for books on sale, which will see […]

Creativity, Art And Business With Lisa Congdon

Today I’m talking with Lisa Congdon about the creative process as a visual artist, the myth of overnight success, getting over self-doubt about our work, and the importance of multiple streams of income for anyone wanting to be a full-time creative. In the intro, I talk about my trip to Spain (photos here) and lessons […]

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