Blog Profile / The Creative Penn

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Archived Since:July 26, 2010

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How To Sell Two Million Self-Published Books With Rachel Abbott

Success as an indie author is not about luck, it’s about putting significant effort into all aspects of the author business. In today’s interview, I talk to Rachel Abbott, one of the UK’s top crime authors, who also happens to be indie. In the intro, I talk about how Amazon has overtaken Flipkart as India’s […]

How To Write Short Stories That Sell With Alan Baxter

Writing short stories can be more challenging than a novel so they’re excellent for developing craft, plus they can also be a good side income. Today I talk to Alan Baxter about how to get ideas for stories, and how to write and sell them. In the intro, I talk about my ARKANE boxset hitting […]

How To Hit The USA Today Bestseller List As A Single Author With Ad Stacking

Last week my ARKANE box-set hit the USA Today bestseller list at #121. This is a case study describing how I did it in case you want to try it yourself. But remember, this is only an anecdote and one person’s experience, so results will depend on each individual situation. Why bother trying to hit […]

Ad Stacking, Writing Habits, Boxsets, And Motivation Through The Tough Times

Live video is something that freaks authors out … me included. But with a cheeky Chilean pinot noir in hand, this intrepid author attempts to answer your questions on Facebook Live! Here’s the replay from last Sunday 14 August where I get into ad stacking and other book marketing tips, as well as writing habits, […]

How To Write And Market Romance With J.A.Huss

Romance writers are ahead of the curve when it comes to marketing, so whatever your genre, you’ll definitely pick up some ideas from this discussion with J.A.Huss. In the intro, I mention physical merchandising with Click here to check out the Creative Mug, and get some ideas about your own author merch. I talk […]

How To Create A Profitable Online Training Course

There has been a massive shift in education in the last few years. People still do local courses in person, but increasingly they are also buying online courses to learn just-in-time information from teachers all over the world. With just a laptop or a phone, and an internet connection, you can learn just about anything […]

How To Write Memorable Characters With Jen Blood

If you write fiction, then creating characters is a must-learn skill. Today I talk to Jen Blood about creating memorable characters. In the intro, I mention the new Draft2Digital Universal Book Links, Amazon launch KU in Japan, Apple launch an Instagram account for iBooks and I discuss lessons learned from the Forbes Richest Author List. […]

Why Write? There Are Already Too Many Books In The World

A child comes to you with a new drawing, crayon in hand, beaming with pleasure at creation and proud of the result. Do you say, “There are too many drawings in the world and this is no good. Stop creating immediately.” Or do you say, “That’s brilliant. Why don’t you draw another one?” Your creative […]

Self Care And Productivity For Authors With Ellen Bard

Writing might be simple, but it’s not easy and if you want longevity as a creative, you have to look after yourself. In today’s show, I discuss self-care for authors with Ellen Bard. In the intro, I talk about the importance of considering your genre from the perspective of readers (article and graph I mentioned […]

Facebook Live Q&A Replay 24 July 2016. Writing, Publishing, Book Marketing with Joanna Penn

We had another fun Facebook Live session last weekend, so thanks to everyone who came along. I answered questions on aspects of writing, self-publishing, book marketing and author mindset. The video recording is below, with time stamps so you can fast-forward to the questions you’re interested in. Or click here to watch on YouTube. And […]

Behind The Scenes Of An Indie Author Business: Tools And Technical Architecture

Being a successful indie author is not just about writing. You also have to run a small business … and that involves various tools and technologies. I was a business consultant for 13 years across Europe and Asia Pacific, working for large companies like Accenture (then Andersen Consulting), Cap Gemini/CGEY and even IBM for a […]

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 […]

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