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The Creative Penn Podcast

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Information, inspiration and interviews on writing, self-publishing, book marketing and making a living with your writing.

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Information, inspiration and interviews on writing, self-publishing, book marketing and making a living with your writing.

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Wonderful Podcast For Authors

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Wonderful podcast for any podcast for any author both on craft and business!!! 🙂

Always inspiring!

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Listening to this show always puts me in a positive mood and gets me ready to write!!

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281 Ratings
Average Ratings
267
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Wonderful Podcast For Authors

By pk-DC - Jan 24 2019
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Wonderful podcast for any podcast for any author both on craft and business!!! 🙂

Always inspiring!

By Sylvia Hall - Mar 08 2018
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Listening to this show always puts me in a positive mood and gets me ready to write!!

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The Creative Penn Podcast

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Information, inspiration and interviews on writing, self-publishing, book marketing and making a living with your writing.

Rank #1: Writing Discipline And Mindset For Authors With James Scott Bell

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In this wide-ranging interview, James Scott Bell and I discuss aspects of making a living with your writing, including discipline and writing tips, plus mindset and how art and commerce can play happily together!     In the intro, I mention the demise of Oyster's subscription service but why I'm excited that there might be something happening at Google. Plus the latest longitudinal Author Earnings report that shows that if an author debuted in the last 5 years, they are making more money as an indie than through traditional publishing. This doesn't surprise me at all, but it's fascinating to see it in the data. Thank you also to everyone supporting the show on Patreon! We have reached the first big milestone which means I'll be doing private Patreon-supporter only monthly Q&A shows. Patrons will be able to ask questions and these extra audios will go out ONLY on the Patreon feed, so if you'd like to join in, you can support the show here. The corporate sponsorship for this show pays for hosting and transcription. This podcast episode is sponsored by 99 Designs, where you can get all kinds of designs for your author business including book covers, merchandising, branding and business cards, illustrations and artwork and much more. You can get a Powerpack upgrade which gives your project more chance of getting noticed by going to: 99Designs.com/joanna James Scott Bell is is the best-selling and award-winning author of thriller novels, zombie legals, historical romance, and lots and lots of excellent books on the craft of writing. He’s a professional speaker, teaching novel-writing and other skills for writers. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher, watch the video or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Today we're talking about his book, How to make a living as a writer. * The audience of writers that James writes for and the influence of freelance writers on today's indie authors. * What James is interested in currently including boxed sets for his writing craft books and investing in the future by paying for exposure in alert newsletters. * The goals behind joining a box set, including discoverability and exposure to a wider audience. You can find the Writing Success boxset here on Amazon. * Writing quotas and production plans and why this structure actually encourages creativity, as well as how to figure out what your production goal should be. * Combining study of the markets with what you love to write and merging those with a production schedule.

Sep 28 2015
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #2: On Writing And Mindset For Indie Authors With Susan Kaye Quinn

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So much of becoming a successful author, indie or otherwise, is about mindset. Today I talk to Susan Kaye Quinn about some of the biggest issues we all have as writers: self doubt, fear of judgement and comparisonitis. We also go into branding and tips on organizing your marketing. In the intro, I mention some time critical info, plus my fantastic night at CrimeInTheCourt – you can see the pics here on my author FB page – the launch of How to Make a Living with your Writing, and the audiobooks of Gates of Hell and One Day in New York. It's been a big week! This podcast episode is sponsored by 99 Designs, where you can get all kinds of designs for your author business including book covers, merchandising, branding and business cards, illustrations and artwork and much more. You can get a Powerpack upgrade which gives your project more chance of getting noticed by going to: 99Designs.com/joanna Susan Kaye Quinn is a former rocket scientist now bestselling speculative fiction author and today we're talking about her super book, The Indie Author Survival Guide. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher, watch the video or read the notes and links below. * On the journey from rocket science to writing books. * On making a living as a writer and the indie-author revolution that the mid-listers are spearheading. * On the toxicity of comparisonitis and setting reasonable and personal writing goals and objectives. * The big lie of traditional publishing and the areas of validation and approval, as well as writers' mission statements, and the personal reasons why we write, which can help with decision making in our writing careers. * On experimenting with what works for us and what doesn't in our writing careers. Also fear of judgment and how it can hold us back from fully expressing ourselves in our work, and what we can do to deal with that. Susan has a video on dealing with fear on her site here. * Susan's top recommendations for book marketing including the three key elements. What to do if your books aren't selling and knowing your target market. * The longevity of writing careers,

Jun 29 2015
57 mins
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Rank #3: Book Titles That Sell, Productivity For Authors And Marketing For Introverts With Tim Grahl

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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 sure you register and check out the schedule. I also talk about my trip to Charleston for PubSense, some of the plans I have underway with my new agent, plus Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur, now available in audiobook format. Tim Grahl is the author of Your First 1000 Copies: A Step by Step Guide to marketing your book and the founder of Out:think, a firm that helps authors make money with online marketing tools. Launching a book? Get your free copy of Tim's Book Launch Blueprint here. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher, watch the interview on YouTube here or read the notes and links below. * How Tim started out in the more technical side of the internet and started helping authors with their marketing. He's always been a big reader so working with authors was preferable to big corporates. * Tips for book titles. Authors are generally too close to the project to make a good decision. Your own fans know you so they aren't the best either. You want to know what title will make someone new click to look at your book further. Tim advises using data to make a decision and talks about using PickFu.com to work out what gets clicked the most. It is unlikely to be what you think. You can do this with titles and sub-titles, which is how Tim ended up with his. You can also use PickFu for book covers as you can use images. [I talk about my own title change based on SEO reasons]. We also talk about fiction book titles – which are very difficult! It's more about genre, reviews and author brand and the eco-system around the book than title. * On reaching 1000 readers. Most books sell around 250 copies (that includes traditionally published). If you get to 1000 copies, you're doing something well beyond your own network. Measuring goals and moving the goal posts around numbers sold. Celebrating achievements and re-evaluating the next goal. I mention my own success journal that I got from a title="logbooks austin kleon" href="http://austinkleon.

Apr 12 2015
53 mins
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Rank #4: How To Write Faster And Never Get Writer’s Block With Michaelbrent Collings

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To make a living with your writing, you need to write quality books on a regular schedule. You need to learn to write faster, be more confident about your craft and get over writer's block. In today's show, Bram Stoker award nominee, Michaelbrent Collings shares his tips. In the intro, I mention that I am in Austin, Texas for the Smarter Artist Summit so this is recorded in advance and I will be reporting back next week. I also talk about the free IndieAuthorFringe.com, plus a fantastic book: Anything You Want by Derek Sivers and what I've taken from the book this week. You can listen to Derek on Tim Ferriss' show here and here and also on James Altucher's show. All fantastic. I also mention this interview with Marie Force on the SelfPublishingFormula podcast, which got me thinking about the kind of life I want. The corporate sponsorship for this show pays for hosting and transcription. This podcast episode is sponsored by 99 Designs, where you can get all kinds of designs for your author business including book covers, merchandising, branding and business cards, illustrations and artwork and much more. You can get a Powerpack upgrade which gives your project more chance of getting noticed by going to: 99Designs.com/joanna Michaelbrent Collings is an award-winning and internationally bestselling horror novelist, a #1 bestseller in the U.S. and also a screenwriter and martial artist. Michaelbrent was on the show in 2015 and we had such fun and it was so popular, he's back to talk about some different things. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. * On being nominated for two Bram Stoker awards and what that means to Michaelbrent. [I love Michaelbrent's books and particularly enjoyed The Deep and This Darkness Light.] * The quality indie authors should be aiming for and the type of experience we want readers to have. * On whether there's a continuing bias against indie authors. * Writing faster, writing better and letting oneself write garbage. * How to know when to stop learning about writing and start writing. * And how a certain type of TV watching can help you as an author. * Trusting your curiosity * The misconception and misnomer about writer's block. [I mention this inter...

Apr 04 2016
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #5: The Business Of Being A Writer With Jane Friedman

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You can make a living with your writing if you change your mindset and educate yourself around the business as well as the craft of being a writer. In today's show, I discuss multiple streams of income with Jane Friedman. In the intro, I get excited about How to Write Non-Fiction, as I have just finished the first draft. Always a satisfying moment! I'll have it up for pre-order soon. I also mention Great on Kindle, the new non-fiction invite-only program that provides 50% royalty and allows for higher priced books and no delivery charge; Google's new text-to-speech AI, which is indistinguishable from humans [BoingBoing], and Seth's Godin's Akimbo podcast on quality and wabi-sabi: the acceptance of imperfection and transience. Plus, early bird pricing on the BookBaby Indie Author conference in Philadelphia in Nov 2018 where I'll be speaking. Today's show is sponsored by IngramSpark, who I use to print and distribute my print-on-demand books to 39,000 retailers including independent bookstores, schools and universities, libraries and more. It's your content – do more with it through IngramSpark.com. Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry and is a professor at the University of Virginia. She's the Co-founder and Editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletters for authors. The former publisher of Writer's Digest and she maintains an award-winning fantastic blog for writers at janefriedman.com. Her latest book is The Business of Being a Writer. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Show Notes * Jane's tweet that Joanna refers to can be found here * Being strategic about where authors want their money to come from * On the backlash from authors re: thinking about business * On multiple streams of income for authors * The part that blogging plays in Jane's business * Thoughts on Facebook, big data, and changes at Twitter You can find Jane Friedman at JaneFriedman.com and on Twitter @janefriedman Transcript of Interview with Jane Friedman Joanna: Hi, everyone. I'm Joanna Penn from TheCreativePenn.com. And today, I'm back with Jane Friedman. Hi, Jane. Jane: Hello, Joanna. Great to be here. Joanna: It's great to have you back on the show. I think it's number four over the last, like,

Apr 09 2018
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #6: Story Genius: How To Use Brain Science to Write a Riveting Novel with Lisa Cron

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What makes a story memorable? What keeps readers turning the pages? Lisa Cron explains her tips for writing a story that readers love. This is a pre-recorded intro as I am currently traveling in Israel. If you want to see the photos, pop over to Facebook.com/JFPennAuthor This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors. Lisa Cron is a story coach and the bestselling author of Wired for Story and now her new book Story Genius: How To Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages that Go Nowhere) You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. * How Lisa's new book, Story Genius, follows along from Wired for Story with more practical application for writers. * Lisa's definition of story and why she would remove The Hero's Journey from that equation. * What prescriptive writing is and how to deal with character growth in a series of books. * Why story is about what is under the surface of what we experience every day. * How books that are poorly written can sell so well. * What politicians and advertisers know about the human condition that writers need to pay attention to. * How Lisa disagrees with Anne Lamott's description of first drafts. You can find Lisa at www.WiredForStory.com and on twitter @lisacron Transcription of interview with Lisa Cron Joanna: Hi everyone, I'm Joanna Penn from TheCreativePenn.com. And today, I'm here with Lisa Cron. Hi, Lisa. Lisa: Hi, Joanna. It's so great to be here. I can't begin to tell you. It's just so strange, I'm so far away and yet it feels like we're in the same room. Joanna: I know, it's very cool. Just in case people don't know you, here's a little introduction. Lisa is a story coach and the bestselling author of “Wired For Story,” and now her new book, “Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining And Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere).” That's a hell of a subtitle, Lisa. Lisa: It sure is. Oh, man, it really is. It's like, can you say it without running out of breath? I think. Joanna: It's pretty hard but we're gonna get into the book in a minute, but you were first on the show in 2012, and I can't believe it's four years later. Lisa: I know. Joanna: It's crazy. So give us a bit of an update. What have you been up to? What do you do as your day job? Why this book now? Lisa: Okay. That's a great question. I appreciate it. From then to now.

Nov 07 2016
47 mins
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Rank #7: Writing Fast, Building An Audience And Facebook Advertising For Authors With Mark Dawson

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Recently, Forbes ran an article about Mark Dawson with the headline: Amazon pays $450,000 a year to this self-published writer. Today, I interview Mark about how he writes fast, the empowerment of being indie, Facebook advertising and email list marketing. In the intro I talk about my cycling trip to Croatia which was a much needed rest away from the computer 🙂 You can see some of the photos on Flickr here. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors. Kobo’s financial support pays for the hosting and transcription, and if you enjoy the show, you can now support my time on Patreon. Thank you for your support! Mark Dawson is an internationally bestselling thriller author with the John Milton and Beatrix Rose series. He also shares his knowledge with authors at SelfPublishingFormula.com and has a new course about Facebook marketing here. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher, watch the video or read the notes and links below. * How Mark got started in writing back in the late 90s. Traditional publishing didn't quite go how he expected, despite a great advance. Dispirited, Mark stopped writing for a number of years. When he heard about the Kindle and self-publishing, he began to write again, starting slow but then writing nearly a million words in 2014. The number of quality books he produced catapulted him into sales success and then he began to grow his email list at the same time. In Nov 2011, Mark left his job to write full time. * A comparison of traditional publishing vs self-publishing. The change in mindset Mark has had to go through. The empowerment of going indie. The author can't just write – you have to take control of your marketing and your business as well. The indie way is not for everyone though – it takes a certain personality type. * How to speed up your writing. Mark's first self-published novel, The Black Mile, took 14 months to write but he began to speed up. His early books were heavy on research in physical locations, but in order to speed up, he started writing the John Milton series which could be researched purely on the internet. Mark was fueled by a huge jolt of enthusiasm based on feedback – both through monthly income and emails from readers that encouraged him to write more, faster. Use Scrivener to roughly outline with key story beats and then just write be...

Jun 08 2015
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #8: How To Write 50,000 Words In A Month With Grant Faulkner

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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, I discuss the potential impact of the UK Brexit decision on traditional publishing, and on indie authors. Plus, my latest book, The Successful Author Mindset, launches this week and will be available in ebook, print, workbook, and audiobook editions. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors. Grant Faulkner is a novelist and flash fiction writer, the Executive Director of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, and the co-founder of 100WordStory.org. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. * Grant's origins as a writer and how he got involved with NaNoWriMo. * The origins of NaNoWriMo. * Why goals and deadlines work for writers. * Tips for parents and other busy writers including ‘hunting for time'. * On the different ways writers prepare for NaNoWriMo. * Why tracking your wordcount matters. * The different reasons writers join NaNoWriMo and the social aspects of the event. * What to do with your writing once NaNoWriMo has ended. * Details about the Young Writers Program at NaNoWriMo and the work done in classrooms all year long. * On Camp NaNoWriMo for those who can't do the original in November. * Writing 100 word stories You can find all the details about NaNoWriMo and its programs at www.NaNoWriMo.org and Grant at www.GrantFaulkner.com. Transcript of Interview with Grant Faulkner Joanna: Hi, everyone. I'm Joanna Penn from the thecreativepenn.com and today I'm here with Grant Faulkner. Hi, Grant. Grant: Hey, Joanna. Thanks for having me. Joanna: Oh, it's great to have you on the show. Just a little introduction, Grant is a novelist and flash fiction writer, the executive director of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, and the co-founder of 100wordstory.org. And today is going to be very cool. Grant, start by telling us a bit more about you and your writing background. Grant: I think I was somehow strangely destined to be a writer. I remember going to bookstores with my parents when I was a kid and I would just go over and stare at the journals and the pens. And they'd lose me but just find me there. When I was 20,

Jun 27 2016
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #9: Verbalize: Strengthen Your Writing With The Power Of Words With Damon Suede

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The craft of writing has many levels — structure, character, plot, emotion, depth and much more — but all of these can be strengthened by your choice of words. In today's show, Damon Suede gives some tips on using active verbs to bring your writing alive. In the intro, I reflect on what I learned at the London Book Fair — lots of tips on audiobooks, Streetlib's Africa roll-out, why non-fiction is easier to sell, and why intellectual property rights are behind Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Plus, lessons learned from my audiobook narration day at The Showreel in London; my new podcast www.BooksAndTravel.page, and why you should check out the Self-Publishing Advice Conference. Today's show is sponsored by Draft2Digital, where you can get free ebook formatting, free distribution to multiple stores, and a host of other benefits. Get your free Author Marketing Guide at www.draft2digital.com/penn Damon Suede has worked as a performer, director, and writer in film and theater. He now writes award-winning gay romance and teaches writers how to use their words more effectively for writing and marketing. Today we're talking about Verbalize: Bring Stories to Life & Life to Stories. You can listen above or on iTunes or your favorite podcast app or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Show Notes * Common weaknesses in writing * Leaning into each writer’s unique voice * On developing a story’s verbal palette * Putting readers in emotional danger at a safe distance * On the merits for writers of reading widely * The power of language * Developing rich, complex characters * How the origins of psychology and writing are linked * The importance of verbs when creating a character * On the current state of the Romance industry and how to rise above the scammers * Damon's latest book, Activate: A Thesaurus of Actions and Tactics for Dynamic Genre Fiction is available now.

Mar 25 2019
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #10: How To Make A Million With Your Books With Dean Crawford

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Writing books is not a get rich quick scheme … but it can be a get rich slowly scheme, and provide a rewarding, creative life. In today's show, I discuss writing, publishing and book marketing with Dean Crawford. In the introduction, I talk about the ‘fake news' from the Publishers Association as reported on the Guardian about the downfall of ebooks and ‘screen fatigue.' I quote from The Hotsheet, a great resource for authors, but you can also see a similar riposte on The Digital Reader. Whenever you see these stories, remember they only report books with ISBNs – so most indie ebook sales are not included, and neither are Kindle Unlimited page reads. Forbes reported 66.1% of adults in China used their phones to read in 2016. I read on my phone a lot, so this is no surprise, but it does give some indication of how digital is growing. I also talked about my 2016-2017 financial year and I'll blog those results in the coming weeks. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors. Dean Crawford is the international bestselling author of the “Warner and Lopez” action adventure thriller series as well as the sci-fi “Atlantia” series and other standalone novels. He has a non-fiction book out, Blockbuster: How to write $1million from an author who has actually done it. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Show Notes * On Dean's long publishing journey and the split between his trad author income and indie author income * Whether Dean is happier being indie * How to recognize the genre you're writing in * On whether Dean writes to market * Ways to come up with a compelling hook line for your book * Keeping the creative well filled * What marketing is working for Dean and what he plans to do next

May 08 2017
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #11: Successful Blogging Tips, Authenticity And Longevity With Yaro Starak

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Almost 7 years ago, in Dec 2008, I started this site with the aim of helping authors like me who were self-publishing. But I discovered that you can put your words into the world and no one will notice unless you learn some marketing (sound familiar?!). So I started learning about how to make my site stand out, how to blog successfully and how to podcast. I learned all that from Yaro Starak and today I'm thrilled to be interviewing him. In the intro, I talk about Risen Gods and Co-Writing a Book, both out now, and give an update on my own writing. In publishing news, KU payout dipped again this month. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors. Yaro Starak is a blogger, podcaster, speaker and entrepreneur at Entrepreneurs-Journey.com. I took Yaro’s Blog Mastermind course back in 2008 and it changed my life. You can get Yaro's Blog Profits Blueprint here. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher, watch the video here or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. * Yaro's start in the blogging world and the changes his site has gone through. * On whether content blogging and writing online are still viable. * How long it takes to make money blogging, and why it's important to celebrate all our little wins, figure out what keeps you motivated and keep moving forward. * Setting goals and changing them as they are reached. * Authenticity and its effect on an audience. * Video and its advantages for those who are not writers. * Why practice with new mediums and technology and not judging ourselves matters. * On bloggers branching out into book publishing, including fiction. * On the global and local communities in blogging and internet marketing. * Yaro's tips for maintaining a long entrepreneurial career. You can get Yaro's Blog Profits Blueprint here and find him on twitter @yarostarak Transcript of interview with Yaro Starak Joanna Penn: Hi everyone! I'm Joanna Penn from thecreativepenn.com and today I'm here with Yaro Starak. Hi, Yaro! Yaro Starak: Hi, Joanna! Joanna Penn: Just a little introduction. Yaro is a blogger, podcaster, speaker and entrepreneur at entrepreneurs-journey.com. I took Yaro's blog mastermind course back in 2009 and it really changed my online life. So if sounded a little bit fan girly today that will be why. It's amazing what can happen over the years. Yaro, to get started, you've been doing stuff for a long,

Nov 30 2015
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #12: Stop Worrying, Start Writing. How to Overcome Fear and Self-Doubt with Sarah Painter

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Self-doubt and fear of failure are a normal part of the creative process, but that doesn't make them any easier to deal with. In today's show, Sarah Painter talks about how to write during the inevitable ups and downs. In the introduction, I talk about lessons all authors can learn from Dean Wesley Smith's article on how to run a physical bookstore in 2017. I also mention my tutorial on how to build your own author website in 30 mins. Today’s show is sponsored by my non-fiction audiobooks, How to Market a Book Third Edition, Business for Authors, How to Make a Living with your Writing and The Successful Author Mindset, available now on Audible. If you need some more inspirational audio that will give you actionable tips to make more money with your books AND stay sane while doing it, check them out here! Sarah Painter writes bestselling contemporary fiction with a touch of magic, and she also hosts the Worried Writer podcast and blog, which helps writers with the mindset behind the writing life. Her newest book is Stop Worrying, Start Writing: How to Overcome Fear, Self-Doubt, and Procrastination. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Show Notes * The part that worry plays in every writer's life and work * The different types of vulnerabilities when publishing fiction or non-fiction * How writers can deal with the need for validation * Ways to deal with the anxieties that literary festivals can create * The importance of rituals and habits when dealing with writing anxiety * Using different spaces for different types of writing You can find Sarah Painter at SarahPainter.com and on Twitter @SarahRPainter

Aug 28 2017
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #13: How To Write Fast, Publish Slowly And Focus On Your Author Marketing With Rachel Aaron

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We all have limited time, and part of being a successful author is knowing what to focus on. In today's show, I talk to Rachel Aaron about how to write more words faster, edit and publish carefully, and how to decide which marketing strategies will work for your books. In the intro, I reflect on walking 50km last weekend, the launch of How to Market a Book Third Edition, and heading to New York this week for Thrillerfest. You can also listen/watch an interview with me on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing podcast talking about international sales and marketing, rights licensing, translation and more. Today's show is sponsored by my own How to Write a Novel course, which I created while writing End of Days, so you get a behind the scenes look at how the book came together. One course member, Leigh Anderson said, “This course is exactly what I was looking for. I now feel well on my way to writing and completing my first draft. It has been a real breakthrough for me.” Check it out at www.TheCreativePenn.com/writenovel Rachel Aaron is the fantasy author of The Heartstrikers, an Eli Monpress series, as well as writing science fiction under Rachel Bach. She's also the author of 2k to 10k: How to Write Faster, Better, and Write More of What You Love. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Show Notes * Rachel's journey from traditionally published author to indie * Why writing fast doesn't have to be a measure of quality * Building up stamina to write for several hours at a time * Why Rachel believes pre-writing is so important * Writing tips on creating a story arc over a series of books and writing compelling characters * What has worked for Rachel when marketing her fiction, and what hasn't worked * Working with a spouse successfully You can find Rachel Aaron at RachelAaron.net and on Twitter @Rachel_Aaron Transcript of Interview with Rachel Aaron Joanna: Hi, everyone. I'm Joanna Penn from thecreativepenn.com. And today I'm here with Rachel Aaron. Hi, Rachel. Rachel: Hello! Thanks so much for having me. Joanna: It's great to have you on the show. Just a little introduction. Rachel is the fantasy author of “The Heartstrikers,” an Eli Monpress series, as well as writing science fiction under Rachel Bach. She's also the author of “2k to 10k: How to Write Fa...

Jul 10 2017
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #14: The Importance Of Time For Selling Books And Building An Author Career With Bryan Cohen

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Finding time to write while juggling family and work commitments is one of the hardest things for creatives. It also takes time to build your writing career once you do get some books out there. Today, Bryan Cohen and I discuss these issues as well as tips for selling more books. In the intro, I give an update on my trip to New Orleans and how American Demon Hunters: Sacrifice is coming along as I've been editing the four author collaboration this week. Big news in Europe this week as the UK starts the Brexit process by triggering Article 50. I talk about how this might affect publishing in the UK for both traditionally-published authors and for indies. The Financial Times reports that Bertelsmann, which owns Penguin Random House – the world's largest book publishing company, may move some of its business from London, and has concerns over the impact on intellectual property rights. A Publishing Trendsetter report outlines the potential impact of losing access to the single market and customs union as the EU is the biggest export market for UK books, and of freedom of movement which is affecting publishing staff. Interesting times, indeed. Plus, Amazon buys Souk.com, the biggest e-retailer in the Middle East, which currently only has 1% online sales, so is a potentially huge growth market. Similar to Amazon's move into India, this makes me more certain that the biggest growth for our indie ebooks will be outside the US in the years to come. Today's show is sponsored by my non-fiction audiobooks, How to Make a Living with your Writing and The Successful Author Mindset, available now on Audible. If you need some more inspirational audio that will give you actionable tips to make more money with your books AND stay sane while doing it, check them out here! Bryan Cohen is the author of How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis: A Step-by-Step system for enticing new readers, selling more fiction and making your books sound good. He also writes YA novels and non-fiction, and is a stand-up comedian and entrepreneur. He's the co-host of the Sell More Books Show with Jim Kukral and also runs Best Page Forward, a copywriting service for authors. FREE WEBINAR: Join Bryan and I for a webinar on the 3 forgotten essentials for selling more books, featuring how to build a sales funnel, copywriting tips and more. Thurs 13 April at 3pm US Eastern / 8pm UK. Click here to register for your free place. You can listen above or on iTunes or St...

Apr 03 2017
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #15: Writing Tips: Outlining For Genre And Literary Fiction With Libbie Hawker

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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 them up against promotional platforms like BookBub. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors. Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place, including an awesome series about ancient Egypt, one of my own obsessions. Libbie is well known in the author community for her books for authors, Gotta Read It, about book descriptions, Take Off Your Pants, about outlining, and Making it in Historical Fiction. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. * How long it took Libbie to become a full-time author. * Why deadlines and accountability matter when setting large goals like becoming a full-time author. * The difference between plotting and pantsing and what the three-legged outline is. * On whether outlining makes stories formulaic. * How outlining plays a role in prolific output and where research falls in Libbie's writing schedule. * Are speed and quality mutually exclusive? * How Libbie plans her writing schedule for the year and decides which projects are indie and which are traditionally published. * Balancing earning a living versus literary work. * On the change in attitude toward an author's work once decades have passed. You can find Libbie at www.LibbieHawker.com and on twitter @LibHawker Transcript of Interview with Libbie Hawker: Joanna: Hi everyone I'm Joanna Penn from www.TheCreativePenn.com and today I'm here with Libbie Hawker. Hi, Libbie. Libbie: Hi, how are you? Joanna: I am good and very excited to have you here today. Just a little introduction, Libbie writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place, including an awesome series about ancient Egypt which is one of my own obsessions, so very exciting. And Libbie is well-known in the author community for her books for authors including Gotta Read It! about book descriptions, Take Off Your Pants! about outlining, as well as Making it in Historical Fiction. Libbie,

May 23 2016
57 mins
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Rank #16: Author Mindset: Your Road Map To Winning Creative Battles With Tim Grahl

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If you struggle with the creative process, you are not alone. If you find the myriad things we have to do every day as authors a little overwhelming, you are not the only one! In today's show, Tim Grahl shares honest thoughts and tips from Running Down A Dream. In the intro, I comment on Aretha Franklin dying without a will [The Guardian] and recommend you check out the podcasts on estate planning with ML Buchman and lawyer Kathryn Goldman. Plus, my first Korean foreign rights sale though CurlUpPress. In the UK, Waterstones (recently bought by an investment company) buys Foyles bookstore, further consolidating the high street [The Bookseller]. Today's show is sponsored by IngramSpark, who I use to print and distribute my print-on-demand books to 39,000 retailers including independent bookstores, schools and universities, libraries and more. It's your content – do more with it through IngramSpark.com. Tim Grahl is the author of Your First 1,000 Copies, he's a book launch consultant at Booklaunch.com, and the co-host of the Story Grid Podcast with Shawn Coyne. His latest book is Running Down a Dream: Your Roadmap to Winning Creative Battles. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Show Notes * Why Tim chooses honesty and vulnerability in his most recent book * The importance of telling the truth when writing * The difference between telling the truth on the page and using a book as therapy * Knowing when we’re ready to tell a particular story * The practical tool that Tim shares that gets the biggest response * What Tim did wrong when launching his most recent book * And how he’s taking the long game approach to book sales * Details on the book launch webinar Joanna and Tim will be hosting on Sept 20 – www.booklaunch.com/penn * The challenges of writing fiction vs. non-fiction You can find Tim Grahl at a href="https://booklaunch.

Sep 10 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #17: How To Be A Prolific Writer With Bec Evans From Prolifiko

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Why is being prolific so important for long-term success as a writer? And how can you develop your own creative process so you can be more prolific? I discuss these topics and more with Bec Evans from Prolifiko in today's interview. In the intro, I talk about exciting news out of Frankfurt Book Fair as Apple tells publishers to “be ready” as it prepares to roll out its new audiobook platform [The Bookseller]. Frankfurt's first audiobook conference also included a discussion on smart speakers, streaming and subscription models [Publishing Perspectives]. Plus, Kobo has expanded audio support to CarPlay [Engadget]. Plus, having fun with creativity through flash fiction, my own audio coaching, and giggling about Banksy's shredded artwork. Let's not take ourselves so seriously! Today's show is sponsored by Draft2Digital, where you can get free ebook formatting, free distribution to multiple stores, and a host of other benefits. Get your free Author Marketing Guide at www.draft2digital.com/penn Bec Evans is a writer, a startup founder and an ex-bookseller with a career in publishing and running a writing retreat center. She co-founded Prolifiko, a digital coach for writing that helps people who want to write, start, and finish their projects. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or your favorite podcatcher, watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Show Notes * Seeing patterns of behaviour in writers * Why being prolific does not equal poor quality * How being a prolific writer serves improving your writing skill * The benefits of prolificacy for creating a large back list * Practical tips for being more prolific * The importance of systems, support and place when creating a writing habit * Mindset issues around being prolific * Why writing is like physical fitness * Finding what works for you to form a writing habit, rather than following others’ rules which might not fit You can find Bec Evans at Prolifiko.com and on Twitter @beprolifiko Transcript of Interview with Bec Evans Joanna: Hi, everyone. I'm Joanna Penn from TheCreativePenn.com, and today I'm here with Bec Evans. Hi, Bec. Bec: Hi, Joanna. Joanna: It's great to have you on the show. Just a little introduction. Bec is a writer,

Oct 15 2018
58 mins
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Rank #18: Redesign Your Life To Prioritize Writing With David Kadavy

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Many of us wish we had more time to write, but few of us are willing to redesign our entire lives in order to make time for writing. In today's interview, David Kadavy talks about how he changed his mindset, processes, and even his country, in order to pursue a life of writing. Just a brief intro today as I have been in Spain on a yoga retreat – gotta be a Healthy Writer! I wish everyone a Happy Independence Day for the week ahead and challenge you to consider whether you really are independent. I tell my story of being laid off during the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, and how I swore then that I would never be dependent on one company for my income again. I now make a living from multiple streams of income – and if more authors did that, there would be less of an issue with some of the dominant platforms making changing that impact the livelihoods of writers. How can you expand your streams of income so as not to be dependent on one company? This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors. David Kadavy is a creative entrepreneur, a best-selling author, and podcaster. His books include Design for Hackers and The Heart to Start, Win the Inner War, and Let Your Art Shine. And he also has several mini books for creators. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Show Notes * Accidentally getting an offer to write a book * Struggling to write a second book * Blogging as a way into finding our writing voice * Transferring lessons from working in Silicon Valley to writing books * Redesigning our lives to write and produce more * Finding constraints that make it easy to do the things we say we want to do, like write * Disconnecting from a problem in order to incubate solutions for it * On the digital nomad lifestyle and tips for exploring places to live * How to make money writing on the STEEM blockchain – check out the book here.  You can find David Kadavy at kadavy.net and on Twitter @kadavy Transcript of Interview with David Kadavy Joanna: Hi, everyone. I'm Joanna Penn from TheCreativePenn.com and today, I'm here with David Kadavy. Hi, David. David: Hello, Joanna. Thank you so much for having me. I'm very excited to be here.

Jul 02 2018
57 mins
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Rank #19: How To Banish Writer’s Block With K.M.Weiland

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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 book is now on pre-order, and I'll be speaking at the Digital Commerce Summit in Denver, Colorado – 13/14 Oct, 2016, so if you want to make a living online, this will be a great chance to hear top speakers. I'll also be doing a Facebook Live Q&A on Sun 26 June at 3pm US Eastern / 8pm UK, so come along and ask me anything! Click here for the Facebook event. The corporate sponsorship for this show pays for hosting and transcription. This podcast episode is sponsored by 99 Designs, where you can get all kinds of designs for your author business including book covers, merchandising, branding and business cards, illustrations and artwork and much more. You can get a Powerpack upgrade which gives your project more chance of getting noticed by going to: 99Designs.com/joanna K.M.Weiland is an award-winning and bestselling historical and speculative fiction author. She also writes non-fiction and runs the popular site, HelpingWritersBecomeAuthors.com and today we're focusing on her book, Conquering Writer's Block and Summoning Inspiration: Learn to Nurture a Lifestyle of Creativity. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. * The difference between a writer and an author. * What is writer's block? What does it feel like? Why is it so pervasive in the author community? * Finding the right questions to ask in order to unravel writer's block. * The different levels of writer's block. * Practical ways first-time authors can deal with writer's block. * The pressure to be perfect and how that can affect writers. * Why passion and discipline matter more than talent, and why honesty works to unblock experienced writers. * The value in taking a break, and the danger in abandoning a project mid-way through. * Protecting our creative side from the business side of the indie author life. * Is it possible to find balance between these two sides of an author's life? * The one strategy that helps Katie with blocks she encounters. * Tips for getting inspired – the antidote to writer's block – including getting into ‘the dream zone'. * Ideas about longevity in a creative career. You can find K.M.

Jun 20 2016
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #20: How To Write Emotion And Depth Of Character With Becca Puglisi

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Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you said and did, but they won’t forget how you made them feel.” This is true whether you write fiction or non-fiction, and in today's show, I talk about how to write emotion with Becca Puglisi.  In the introduction, I talk about KDP Print proof and author copies now available in the UK, Margaret Atwood not getting any profits from the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale because of a contract she signed 30 years ago – a cautionary tale to be wary of what you sign; and the new Amazon Polly WordPress plug-in for text to speech. I report back on the 20BooksLondon event and my reflections on the different business models available to indies these days, the split between KU and wide, and why you need to look carefully at what the various choices will mean for your business, your creativity and your health. What type of boat are you sailing? Today's show is sponsored by IngramSpark, who I use to print and distribute my print-on-demand books to 39,000 retailers including independent bookstores, schools and universities, libraries and more. It's your content – do more with it through IngramSpark.com.   Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach and bestselling author of the “Thesaurus Series for Writers,” Including the latest edition, “The Emotional Wound Thesaurus”. Becca also writes YA and historical fiction, and can be found at writershelpingwriters.net, along with her co-author Angela Ackerman. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. Show Notes * How Becca got into writing and whether her faith intersects with her story * Why Becca and Angela wrote The Emotion Thesaurus after seeing a need in the author community * How to “show, don't tell” when it comes to emotion * The physical aspects of emotional writing * How to write three-dimensional characters using positive and negative traits * What writers get wrong in writing characters * How emotional wounds can strengthen our writing through character arcs – and how to look after yourself while exploring difficult personal history * What you can find in The Emotional Wound Thesaurus that will help you write more deeply You can find Becca Puglisi at WritersHelpingWriters.

Feb 12 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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