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The Creative Penn Podcast For Writers

Writing, Publishing, Book Marketing, Creative Entrepreneurship

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Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) For Authors With Brad Barrett From ChooseFI

What difference would financial independence make in your life? What changes are you willing to make to get to that point? In this episode, I talk to Brad Barrett about the Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) movement and why it's about pursuing choice rather than denial, as well as some of the money choices we […] The post Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) For Authors With Brad Barrett From ChooseFI first appeared on The Creative Penn.

1hr 10mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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How To Sell More Books With Reader Funnels With Mark Dawson

We all want to sell more books — but it's time we started to treat readers differently at the various stages of the marketing process. In this interview, Mark Dawson explains the reader funnel, as well as how he developed confidence in his writing craft and indie business skills. In the introduction, I give an […] The post How To Sell More Books With Reader Funnels With Mark Dawson first appeared on The Creative Penn.

56mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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How To Write a Novel In A Month #NaNoWriMo With Grant Faulkner

Is it your dream to write a novel but you just don’t know where to start? Have you written lots of non-fiction but secretly, you'd love to write fiction? In today's interview, I talk to Grant Faulkner about tips for writing a novel in a month, whether that's part of #nanowrimo, or whenever you decide […] The post How To Write a Novel In A Month #NaNoWriMo With Grant Faulkner first appeared on The Creative Penn.

1hr 2mins

14 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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From Indie Author To Creative Empire With Michael Anderle

When we start out as authors, it's all about that first book … but after book one, the sky's the limit in terms of what you can build in terms of a creative business. In today's show, I talk to Michael Anderle, well-known from the 20BooksTo50K group, about how he turned his book series into […] The post From Indie Author To Creative Empire With Michael Anderle first appeared on The Creative Penn.

1hr 22mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Tips For Editing Your Book With Natasa Lekic From NY Book Editors

When you're writing a book, you will reach a point where you can't stand the manuscript anymore. You need expert help to turn it into a quality book, especially when you're starting out. Professional editors can help transform your book, and I continue to use them with my books as I think personal feedback is […] The post Tips For Editing Your Book With Natasa Lekic From NY Book Editors first appeared on The Creative Penn.

1hr 15mins

9 Jul 2018

Rank #5

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How Will Self-Publishing Change In The 2020s? Thoughts From Joanna Penn And Orna Ross

The 2010s saw the birth and growth of the independent author movement, so what do the 2020s have in store? In this episode, Joanna Penn and Orna Ross discuss some trends for authors and publishing in the next decade, as well as some predictions on some things that may well happen in the next decade. […] The post How Will Self-Publishing Change In The 2020s? Thoughts From Joanna Penn And Orna Ross first appeared on The Creative Penn.

57mins

17 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Trust Your Creativity And Choose Yourself With Jen Louden

How can you continue to create when you're plagued with self-doubt? How can you let go of your fears and trust your creativity in order to move forward as a writer? In today's show, Jen Louden shares her lessons learned about writing and self-care.   In the intro, I talk about Publish Drive's new move […] The post Trust Your Creativity And Choose Yourself With Jen Louden first appeared on The Creative Penn.

1hr 5mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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Exclusivity vs Publishing Wide For Ebooks, Print, And Audio With Joanna Penn

Should you publish exclusively on Amazon or should you publish your books wide, making them available on every platform, in every country and every format possible? In today's episode, I explain your options and my own choices as an independent author. In the introduction, The Amazon Conundrum, Lindsay Buroker's thoughts on KU; Draft2Digital announce Reading […] The post Exclusivity vs Publishing Wide For Ebooks, Print, And Audio With Joanna Penn first appeared on The Creative Penn.

1hr 44mins

6 May 2019

Rank #8

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Writing Tips: Unforgettable Endings With James Scott Bell

The last pages of your book are critical because they determine how the reader will feel when they leave your world — and whether they will buy your next book. As readers, we've all been disappointed by weak story endings, so how can we make sure that we leave our readers satisfied? James Scott Bell […] The post Writing Tips: Unforgettable Endings With James Scott Bell first appeared on The Creative Penn.

57mins

16 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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Foolproof Dictation And Zero Social Media With Christopher Downing

Have you tried dictation and struggled too much with it? Do you want to use dictation more effectively for writing? In today's interview, Christopher Downing explains his foolproof dictation method. In the introduction, I go through my annual round-up of book sales figures by vendor, format, country, genre, and author name. Plus, I share how […] The post Foolproof Dictation And Zero Social Media With Christopher Downing first appeared on The Creative Penn.

1hr 10mins

30 Jul 2018

Rank #10

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Transitioning To A Full-time Creative Career With Blaire Palmer

If you want to become a full-time author-entrepreneur, it's not just about quitting your job and starting to write. There are many challenges to face as you go through the transition. In today's show, I talk to Blaire Palmer about mindset, routine and productivity, cashflow management, and more. In the intro, big publishers are changing […] The post Transitioning To A Full-time Creative Career With Blaire Palmer first appeared on The Creative Penn.

1hr

12 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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Writing Heroes And Villains With Sacha Black

How do you write villains who are more than just moustache-twirling cut-outs? How do you write heroes with real flaws? In today's interview, Sacha Black gives tips on these writing issues and more. In the intro, Streetlib launches African stores and an international store for indigenous languages [The New Publishing Standard], Draft2Digital now publishes to […] The post Writing Heroes And Villains With Sacha Black first appeared on The Creative Penn.

54mins

4 Mar 2019

Rank #12

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Author Email List And Newsletter Tips With Tammi Labrecque

Building your author email list is one of the fundamentals of book marketing, but how can you grow it more effectively to sell more books? Tammi Labrecque explains in today's interview. In the introduction, Wattpad launches Wattpad Books [Publishing Perspectives], and you can listen to an interview with Ashleigh Gardner on Wattpad here. I've been […] The post Author Email List And Newsletter Tips With Tammi Labrecque first appeared on The Creative Penn.

54mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #13