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Joanna Penn
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Success as an indie author is not about luck, it’s about putting significant effort into all aspects of the author business. In today’s interview, I talk to Rachel Abbott, one of the UK’s top crime authors, who also happens to be indie.
How To Sell Two Million Self-Published Books With Rachel Abbott
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Last week my ARKANE box-set hit the USA Today bestseller list at #121. This is a case study describing how I did it in case you want to try it yourself. #bookmarketing  
How To Hit The USA Today Bestseller List As A Single Author With Ad Stacking
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If you write non-fiction in particular, creating an online course is a great way to expand your book into a higher priced product that gives even more value to your customer and brings you another source of income. Here's my step-by-step guide.
How To Create A Profitable Online Training Course
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I often recommend your site to aspiring writers. I just took another tour and I am reassured those following my suggestion have access to one of the best resources on-line.
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Some in the publishing industry think there are too many books in the world. Here's why I think that's poppycock :)
Why Write? There Are Already Too Many Books In The World
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Now that made me laugh out loud. "Too many books"? Oh good grief.
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Being a successful indie author is not just about writing. You also have to run a small business … and that involves various tools and technologies.
Here's what I am currently doing to run an international company from my laptop. You won't need all of these but you might get some ideas on how to improve your process.
Behind The Scenes Of An Indie Author Business: Technical Architecture
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Loved this 'behind the scenes' blogpost. Reassuring to see you use many of the same tools... and as you say, acquired over a period of time. Through my childrens' bible story project +Bible Pathway Adventures I've created an app to publish my stories, rather than focus on ebooks. But they're coming down the pipe soon! 😀
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As I write this, my feet are a mess of burst blisters and my muscles ache and I’m exhausted and proud of myself and also think I’m crazy for even trying such a thing.

But you guys helped me make it, because I composed this blog post while walking, typing quick notes into my phone when I stopped for breaks. So here’s nine lessons learned about writing from walking an ultra-marathon. #writing #ultramarathon  
9 Lessons Learned About Writing From Walking 100km In A Weekend
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Excellent post. Congratulations on completing the 100km.
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Writing short stories can be more challenging than a novel so they’re excellent for developing craft, plus they can also be a good side income. Today I talk to +Alan Baxter   about how to get ideas for stories, and how to write and sell them. #writing  
How To Write Short Stories That Sell With Alan Baxter
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Romance writers are ahead of the curve when it comes to marketing, so whatever your genre, you’ll definitely pick up some ideas from this discussion with J.A.Huss.
How To Write And Market Romance With J.A.Huss
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If you write fiction, then creating characters is a must-learn skill. Today I talk to Jen Blood about creating memorable characters.
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Writing might be simple, but it’s not easy and if you want longevity as a creative, you have to look after yourself. In today’s show, I discuss self-care for authors with Ellen Bard.
Self Care And Productivity For Authors With Ellen Bard
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It took me a lot of time and writing to find my author voice. In today’s show, +Roz Morris  and I discuss how you can find yours.
In the intro, I report back on my 100km Race to the Stones walk and how ultra-marathons are a bit like writing. #writing  
How To Find Your Author Voice With Roz Morris
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Thanks so much for having me on the podcast again, Joanna!
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Indie authors are a lot like tech start-ups, bootstrapping and pivoting and trying new things. In today’s show, I go full-on geek with +Damon Courtney  as we discuss how mobile reading impacts publishing, piracy, direct sales and much more. #selfpublishing  
How To Give Away Free Books And Why You Should With Damon Courtney From BookFunnel
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Author, Professional Speaker. Entrepreneur, Blogger, Podcaster. Specializing in Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing
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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling thriller author. www.JFPenn.com: Thrillers on the edge
International Professional Speaker.
Entrepreneur.
Blogger and Podcaster
Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing.


I'm the author of the Amazon bestselling thriller novels Pentecost, Prophecy, and Exodus as well as 'One Day In Budapest', and the Sin series of short stories, inspired by Dante's Inferno.

I've also written the bestselling business book, Career Change: Stop hating your job, discover what you really want to do with your life, and start doing it!
Written as part of my own life reinvention from corporate business consultant to author-entrepreneur, Career Change is available in print and ebook formats.

My site The Creative Penn offers articles, audios and videos on to write, publish and market your book. It has been voted one of the Top 10 blogs for authors 3 years running as well as one of the Top 10 blogs for self-publishers.

I have a podcast and vidcast for authors available on iTunes.
 
I'm an international speaker on writing, digital publishing, solopreneur/ small business and online book marketing.

I live in London, England having spent the last 11 years down under in Australia and New Zealand.

I love traveling, pinot noir, consuming books on the Kindle, cats and the culture-fest that is Europe. I am obsessed with religion, psychology, art & architecture.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Amazon Bestselling Author. One of the Top 10 Blogs for Authors 3 years running. One of the Top 10 Blogs for self-publishers. One of the Top 100 blogs for writers on Writer's Digest, Nominated for the Guardian Top 100 Culture Professionals UK in the Writing/Publishing Sector
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  • University of Oxford
    MA Theology, 1994 - 1997
  • University of Auckland
    Grad Dip Psychology, 2006
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Writing: The Art of Turning a Unique Phrase | The Creative Penn
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Writing, self-publishing, book marketing, creative entrepreneurship

The Wake-Up Call: What it Means to Be A Self-Published Writer - LiveHacked
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I know what you want. It’s the same thing I want: Freedom to write without distraction. A full-time income from one book. Enough money in th

448: Joanna Penn takes her "Creative Penn" to the Entrepreneurial world
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download What does it take to be an Entrepreneur? Join us as Joanna shares her Entrepreneurial mindset and an

Seth's Blog: The care and feeding (and shunning) of vampires
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Vampires, of course, feed on something that we desperately need but also can't imagine being a source of food. You have metaphorical vampire

a review of Desecration
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Seth's Blog: Victims of the Hollywood Paradox
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The studios spend ever more on the blockbusters they make because that demonstrates their power and pays everyone in the chain more money, w

Combating Platform Fatigue And Thinking Long Term For Your Writing Caree...
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In today's podcast, Dan Blank and I have a candid discussion on the latest developments in publishing, as well as how to combat platform fat

Making the Switch from Nonfiction to Fiction Writing
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I started out writing non-fiction with no thought of even trying fiction, mainly because I thought I had to write like Umberto Eco in order

ALLi Author Circle
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Join our free hangout once a month to talk about indie author marketing!

August 13, 2013 – You Have To Use This Checklist When Buying A House
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You Have To Use This Checklist When Buying A House. I hate buying houses. I don't "hate" many things. But I've lost millions of dollars buyi

Five Legal Issues All Writers Need To Be Aware Of
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Have you wondered whether your work is protected by copyright? Or whether you can write a story based on people you know? This article delve

The 5-Step Mission Statement (An Author Essential)
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We spend a lot of time in the minutiae of what we do, slaving over word choice, trying to hit a word count goal, counting individual sales.

3 Real Truths About Overnight Success
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Feel bad because you’re not an overnight success? Don’t. Here are 3 little-known truths about fast success that most people never consider.

Micro Entrepreneur Hangout: How to write and market a business book
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Micro Entrepreneur Hangout July 31 This Week on Micro Entrepreneur: The Magic of Thinking Small we are talking with Joanna Penn from www.the

5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Editing Experience
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I consider the editing process to be absolutely critical to creating a professional finished product for readers. [caption id=

a review of Island 731
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A secret island that hides the results of genetic splicing and hideous chimaeras. A crew that are led there to become the latest in a long t

Thriller Author Michael Wallace On The Righteous Series | J.F.Penn: Thri...
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Sometimes you find a series that you can't put down, and for me, The Righteous books by Michael Wallace fall into this category! I love book

3 Critical Marketing Principles For Authors From The Bookseller Marketin...
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As one of the few authors who attended the Bookseller Marketing and Publicity conference this week, I was impressed with the incredible mark

Seth's Blog: Proving the skeptics wrong
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"It'll never last..." "Someone with her background will never make a go of this..." "Are you kidding me?" "Pathetic! Delusional!" "Social me