Blog Profile / The Creative Penn


URL :http://www.thecreativepenn.com/
Filed Under:Arts / Writing
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Archived Since:July 26, 2010

Blog Post Archive

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 […]

Book Titles That Sell, Productivity For Authors And Marketing For Introverts With Tim Grahl

A wide-ranging discussion with Tim Grahl about writing book titles that sell, productivity and habits for writers, how to build a platform around you rather than your book, and marketing for introverts. Super fun! In the intro, I mention the upcoming self-publishing conference, IndieRecon.org, which is a free event with some amazing speakers so make […]

Want To Spend More Time On Your Writing And Tired Of Doing It All? A Virtual Assistant Can Help

Indie authors often have an edge of control freakery … well, I do! I like being in control and I enjoy pretty much all aspects of being an author entrepreneur. But I hit a wall about 18 months ago, and I definitely needed some help, so I started looking for a virtual assistant to help […]

Business for Authors: How To Be An Author Entrepreneur. Now An Audiobook!

Do you want to take your author business to the next level? Do you love listening to audio? Do you love listening to British accents?! Exciting news! Business for Authors is now available as an audiobook on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Written by me and narrated by … me! Packed full of everything I know […]

How To Use Audio And Podcasting Effectively To Promote Your Book With Viv Oyolu

One of the best ways to stand out as an author is to have some aspect of multimedia in your platform. With the growth of streaming audio through smart phones and soon to be implemented in cars, it’s time to learn how to incorporate audio into your book marketing. Today I interview Viv Oyolu, The […]

Author Entrepreneur: Increase Your Revenue

There’s a learning curve for all indie authors, which I have covered before in the arc of the indie author. But once you get the hang of the process – writing, editing, publishing, marketing – then you start to think about the business side. If you want to make more profit, then increasing your revenue […]

Optimizing Kindle Categories, Email List Building And Facebook Marketing With Nick Stephenson

Sometimes one little tip can help you tweak your book pages or your author business to become more successful. I’ve learned some cool things from Nick Stephenson recently and in today’s show, we go through a whole load of things you might find useful. [But remember, the most important thing is still … write more […]

Solving The Discoverability Problem: Virtual Reality And The Future Of Publishing

“if Oculus Rift achieves its potential, it will change more than just a game, but entire industries.” From Techcrunch, 16 March 2015 This is how I feel about virtual reality, Oculus Rift and all the other tech possibilities, about High Fidelity and the future of education, about how virtual reality will be the next shift […]

Creativity And Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned By My 40th Birthday

I turned 40 yesterday and I am super thrilled that I have made this milestone birthday while doing something I love with my life! It’s been a journey and I have learned a lot along the way … I’ve been sharing everything here since 2008 but here are some of the most important things I’ve […]

Limited Time Deal: Learn Scrivener Fast , Kindle Launch Plan, Video Marketing, Book Proposals And More

The one tool that changed my writing life? Definitely Scrivener. It continues to be the most important piece of software for me as an author of fiction and non-fiction. It helps me organize and plot, write first draft, edit and publish my books. The software itself is incredibly powerful, so I recommend people learn how […]

Marketing Vs Sales With Jim Kukral

We spend so much time as authors being concerned with marketing or discoverability, but we also need to keep an eye on how that actually relates to sales. Today I talk about the difference between the two, and much more, with Jim Kukral. In the intro, I mention David Gaughran’s post about B&N NOOK and […]

Book Trailers And Using Video For Book Marketing

I’m definitely a fan of multimedia as one aspect of marketing. I’ve been doing audio podcasts and videos for nearly 5 years now and I think it can help stand out from the crowd since authors, unsurprisingly, mostly use text based marketing. I’ve also made my own book trailers before, for Pentecost and also for […]

Getting Your Self-Published Book Into Bookstores And Libraries With Debbie Young

Many authors want to get their self-published books into physical bookstores and libraries as well as being allowed into literary organizations. In today’s interview, I talk to Debbie Young about how this can be done. In the introduction, I talk about speaking on the Shetland Islands, my article on the rollercoaster of being a writer, […]

The Writing Life: Research, Ideas, Genre, Process And Tips For A Creative Career

I recently did a wide-ranging and fun interview on the Genretainment podcast with Marx Pyle and Julie Seaton. We talked about how I got into writing and why I write supernatural thrillers, the challenges when first starting out, the details of my writing life and how I get ideas and research books, plus tips on […]

The Roller Coaster Of Being A Writer. Do You Ever Feel This Way?

I hate writing. It’s so hard to force myself to sit and type words that are a load of crap anyway. I love writing. Some days I can get into a flow state and the words come effortlessly onto the page, and they’re actually pretty good! I love creating something from just my brain. It’s […]

Overwhelmed As An Author? How To Work With Virtual Assistants With Chris Ducker

As you move from just being an author to running a business as an author, you will need to find people to work with you and take things off your shoulders. You’re a writer, so you need to offload some of the other tasks, even if you can do it all yourself. I know how […]

Recommended Books For Writing, Self-Publishing, Book Marketing And Creative Entrepreneurship

These are some of the books I love and recommend for authors. I know there are gazillion more, but these have been the most useful to me on my own writing journey. Books on Writing and Creativity On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King. Insights about writing that will make you feel […]

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