Blog Profile / The Creative Penn

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Marketing Spanish Language Ebooks. Interview with Cristian Perfumo From Ebrolis.

It’s hard to market a book in English … but it is incredibly hard to market a book in a language not your own! This is the main struggle that authors face when self-publishing in translation. But slowly, there are services appearing that tackle this problem head-on and will become increasingly important as the global, […]

Writing Award-Winning Thrillers, Co-Writing And Going Hybrid With Rebecca Cantrell

Selling lots of books and winning literary awards can sometimes be mutually exclusive, but today’s guest has managed both, so I’m thrilled to be talking to Rebecca Cantrell. In the intro I give my own writing update and talk about my progress on Destroyer of Worlds. In publishing news, there are rumors of Amazon opening […]

Scrivener Tips And Turning Failure Into Entrepreneurial Success With Joseph Michael

Joseph Michael has helped countless authors succeed with Scrivener, but his uber-successful course, Learn Scrivener Fast, was not a bolt out of the blue. Joe learned a lot along the way and today we talk about how to turn failure into success, plus some Scrivener tips. In the intro I give a personal update about […]

Writing As A Business And The Magic Of Dictation With Elle Casey

It’s fantastic to learn from authors who are ahead in the game and so I really enjoyed talking to Elle Casey. We both wax lyrical about dictation in writing first draft plus we discuss self-publishing in France and how treating your writing as a business is key to success. In the intro, I mention my […]

7 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Author Blog And How To Fix Them

I’ve been blogging for seven years now, and this site is the engine behind my six-figure business. Book sales account for around 50% of my income, but the other 50% comes from the products and services offered on and around [Income breakdown here.] These days, ‘blogging’ is just one part of content marketing, which […]

Publishing Trends In 2016 With Jane Friedman

In this interview, Jane Friedman and I discuss the top publishing trends for 2016 and how you can make the most of the opportunities available. In the intro I mention Amazon’s embeddable Kindle previews, 24 Symbols partnership with Facebook, as well as updating on my personal news. As conference season starts soon, I’ll be at […]

How To Turn Your Book Into A Multimedia Course With Ankur Nagpal

While online education has been popular for years in the online marketing space, it has suddenly boomed in the author world along with other craft and hobby niches. In today’s show, I discuss this shift and how you can easily build your own online courses with Ankur Nagpal from In the intro, I mention […]

Self-Publishing 2015 Round Up. 2016 Predictions Plus My Creative Writing Process

I LOVE New Year! A crisp fresh blank sheet of paper for us all to write upon … happy times! Instead of an interview today, I describe my own creative process. In the introduction, I reflect on the publishing industry in 2015 (see ALLi’s roundup here, also the Sell More Books Show roundup here), how […]

My 2016 Writing And Creative Business Goals

I’m a goal-setting junkie and I love considering the year ahead! Look at the open road stretching before us … all those blank pages waiting to be filled … super exciting! What we also know is that the self-publishing industry will continue to change. We will have new opportunities in 2016, new markets will emerge […]

2015 Writing And Creative Entrepreneur Goal Round-Up

It’s that time of year when we all reflect on what we have achieved in the last 12 months. I’m much more of a fan of January – I love new starts! But it’s important to look back and celebrate the wins, and try to learn from mistakes or why things didn’t work out. Here’s […]

Deciding What To Give Up. Pursuing A Life Of Writing With Kevin Tumlinson

You can achieve your writing goals … but you have to decide what you will give up in order to achieve them. It may be a few hours sleep, TV time, another hobby or some of your social activities. Or it may be downsizing your life entirely to free up resources and remove financial risk […]

Happy Christmas Reading 2015. Book Recommendations For Your Holiday Season

Left to my own devices, I read for pleasure. For me, holidays mean reading! So this introvert wishes you a very happy (reading) holiday! If you need some recommendations to go with the mulled wine and mince pies, here are some of the books I’ve either found useful or enjoyed in 2015. I went through […]

30 Books And Counting. Lindsay Buroker On Being A Full-Time Author

What’s changed in the last 3 years in the self-publishing world? What’s working right now? In today’s show, I talk to Lindsay Buroker, fantasy author and podcaster. In the intro, I mention my new book, Successful Self-Publishing: How to self-publish an ebook and print book, available now on all ebook platforms. Also, the launch of […]

Successful Self-Publishing: How To Self-Publish An Ebook And Print Book

Self-publishing has now become a positive choice for authors, not a last resort. Some of us are years into the industry, but many authors are just starting out. Some are new authors, choosing to self-publish their first book. Others are established authors moving into publishing themselves for the first time. Every day, I get questions […]

Writing Fast And Tips For Successful Self-Publishing With Russell Blake

I’m thrilled to have one of the uber-indies on the show today! Russell Blake is one of the most prolific and successful indie authors and in this show he shares his thoughts on writing fast, maintaining a prolific schedule and staying healthy, plus what it takes to stand out in a crowded market. In the […]

How To Write A Non-Fiction Book: A Step By Step Guide

Do you want to write a non-fiction book? Are you struggling with where to start or how to get it done? This article will take you through a step-by-step guide to the process. It starts with thinking about your book and structuring it before diving into the actual writing. The more work you do upfront, […]

Global Self-Publishing: Focus On France And Comment Publier Un Livre

As the global publishing landscape continues to expand, today I’m excited to announce that How to Market a Book is now available in French, as Comment Publier Un Livre on Amazon, Kobo and iBooks. Cyril Godefroy was the perfect match for the translation as he also has a blog and podcast on self-publishing in French, […]

Going Global. Self Publishing Tips From Dan Wood From Draft2Digital

The ebook market is mature in the US and getting there in the UK, Canada and Australia, but in most other countries worldwide, the ebook revolution is only just beginning. In today’s show, Dan Wood from Draft2Digital and I get excited about self-publishing to a global market. In the intro I talk about The Bookseller […]

How To Turn Your #NaNoWriMo Project Into a Real Novel

Back in 2009, I used NaNoWriMo to create the first 20,000 words of what eventually became STONE OF FIRE. But the words I wrote that month were only the start of the journey. They were first draft words that needed a lot more work to turn into book form. (You can check out the entire […]

Using Custom Illustrations To Make Your Book Stand Out

In a sea of ever-growing numbers of books, many of which use the same stock photography on covers, how do you make your book stand out? I’ve used custom illustration before – commissioning the Key to the Gates of Hell which features on the cover and inside the print version of Gates of Hell, ARKANE […]

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