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Writing, Publishing, Book Marketing, Creative Entrepreneurship

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Writing, Publishing, Book Marketing, Creative Entrepreneurship






The Author Entrepreneur Ethos With Jarie Bolander

In a fast-moving world, indie authors often have more in common with the tech community than we do with traditional publishing. In today's interview, Jarie Bolander explains some of the realities of being an author-entrepreneur and we discuss the ethical side of creative entrepreneurship. In publishing news, Streetlib now reaches half the world with their […]


The Importance Of Self-Editing And Why You Need To Read Your Publishing Contracts With Ruth Ware

The main mission of The Creative Penn is to empower authors to take control of their writing career, so it's wonderful to interview business-minded, traditionally published author, Ruth Ware, on the show today. She explains why self-editing is the key to writing a book that might get a book deal, plus why authors need to […]


Autopsies For Authors With Geoff Symon

How do you write about death when you don't work in that area? How do you get your details right when it comes to autopsies — human, alien, or perhaps even paranormal or fantasy creatures? I discuss this fascinating subject with Geoff Symon today, as part of his Forensics for Fiction series. In the intro, […]


Verbalize: Strengthen Your Writing With The Power Of Words With Damon Suede

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 […]


10 Years Of The Creative Penn Podcast. 3.2 Million Downloads In 215 Countries

Today marks the 10th anniversary of The Creative Penn Podcast. The first episode went live on 15 March 2009 and there are now 422 episodes with over 3.2 million downloads across 215 countries. In today's show, I reflect on the development of the podcast and my own creative journey. Podcasting is such a big industry […]


AI And Creativity With Marcus Du Sautoy

Artificial Intelligence will usher in a new era of what it means to work and create over the next generation, but does this mean that writers and creatives will be made obsolete? In this episode, Professor Marcus du Sautoy discusses the developments in AI creativity and why our stories could be the very thing that helps […]


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 […]


Creativity, Symbolism And Writing With The Tarot With Caroline Donahue

Symbolism can add depth to our writing, turning characters into real people, and developing nuance in scenes. In today's podcast interview, Caroline Donahue explains how to use Tarot cards to delve into symbolism and give your unconscious mind some fuel for creativity. In the introduction, I talk about the ghostwriting + plagiarism scandal sweeping the […]


7 Reasons To Narrate Your Own Audiobook

Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment in publishing. Most authors license their audio rights and work with professional narrators to produce their books, so why might you consider narrating your own audiobook? I have now narrated my own non-fiction, Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur, and also fiction, A Thousand Fiendish Angels, three […]


Audiobooks For Authors With Will Dages From Findaway Voices

Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment in publishing, and in a world where voice-first technologies are continuing to grow, it's a great time to take more control over your audiobook rights as discussed in today's interview with Will Dages from Findaway Voices. In the intro, I mention Amazon buying adaption rights to its own books, […]


How To Be Successful In Writing Horror With Iain Rob Wright

Writing deep in a genre you love is a great way to make a living with your writing. In today's show, Iain Rob Wright shares his tips on writing horror and also becoming a successful full-time indie author. In the intro, I mention the ‘future of digital journalism in question' [The Guardian], even as Spotify […]


How To Take Your Creative Business To The Next Level With Tara McMullin

If you've been running your author business for a while, you can start to feel like you're in a rut, or that you've hit a plateau in terms of sales. So how do you move into a new phase? I discuss this and more with Tara McMullin today. In the intro, I mention PublishDrive's announcement […]


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 […]


How To Be A Successful Company Of One With Paul Jarvis

What if you could scale your revenue without growing your expenses? What if you could make a living with your writing but still remain alone in your writing room? I discuss these questions and more today with Paul Jarvis. In the intro, I talk about second-hand book sales [Dean Wesley Smith], how the death of […]


Voice Technologies For Authors With Bradley Metrock

What if the future is voice first? What if people ask AI assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant to find them a book to read? What if the primary consumption of books is in audio format, not print or ebook? I talk about these questions and more with Bradley Metrock. In the intro, Draft2Digital announce […]


Lessons For 21st Century Creatives With Mark McGuinness

The opportunities for creatives continue to explode but in a world of so much fast-paced change, it can be overwhelming to navigate possibility. In today's show, I discuss what it takes to be a successful 21st-century creative with Mark McGuinness. In the intro, I discuss Mark Coker's 2019 predictions [Smashwords blog], as well as Kris […]


Trends For Authors And Creative Goal Setting 2019

Happy New Year! I love January. I am filled with energy at the possibilities ahead and look forward to creating, learning and sharing along the way as we head into 2019! In this article and podcast episode, I’ll look at some of the trends that I think will be important for authors in 2019 and […]


Round-Up Of 2018 Writing Goals And Lessons Learned

Another year turns! 2018 has been a big one for me as I reached 10 years of The Creative Penn. Considering many new companies don't make it past 5 years, and many writers don't make it to full-time, I am pretty happy with overall progress – but as ever, there is always room for improvement. […]


Tips For Long-Term Publishing Success With Mark Leslie Lefebvre

You can sustain a writing and publishing career for decades if you retain your love for the craft – and the business – as well as developing the right mindset and creative practices. In today's show, I talk to Mark Leslie Lefebvre about his career in bookselling, writing horror and non-fiction, as well as helping […]


How To Be Successful When Publishing Wide with Adam Croft

There are often stories about indie authors making big money in Kindle Unlimited, but there are plenty of authors making multi-six figure incomes by publishing wide. In this interview, I discuss publishing to multiple platforms as well as author mindset and book marketing tips with Adam Croft. In the intro, I mention the exciting news […]