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Some of the most popular print products and merchandise are not books filled with the words of the author, but journals waiting to be filled.

In today’s interview, I find out how John Lee Dumas made $400k by self-publishing a premium print notebook, including the print and distribution services he used. John also shares how his next product, The Mastery Journal, will be even better.

In the intro, I go through a big week in publishing news :) 
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Readers love libraries :) and they can be a great source of revenue for authors. But it's harder for indies to get into them ... or is it? Rachel Amphlett shares her story
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It’s easier to imagine a successful creative life when you have examples to model yourself on. Today, I’m thrilled to share an interview with Kristine Kathryn Rusch, one of my online mentors and creative examples. In the intro, I talk about my new small press, Curl Up Press. 
How Authors Can Empower Themselves as Creative Entrepreneurs with Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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I left my day job in September 2011 to become a full-time author entrepreneur, and I haven’t regretted it for a moment.

BUT there are a lot of things to consider if you want to give up your day job to go into writing full-time.

If you want to make the best of it, then maybe listen to those who have already taken this huge step :) Today CJ Lyons and I discuss how we made the big move and our lessons learned. 
Thinking About Quitting Your Day Job To Become A Full-Time Writer? Tips From CJ Lyons And Joanna Penn
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It’s important to choose the social media platform that fits with your personality as well as one that resonates with your target market.

Personally, I still like Twitter best (@thecreativepenn), and I use Facebook to connect with my readers and fans. But I have also started to use Instagram more (@jfpennauthor) and in today’s article, Frances Caballo from Social Media Just for Writers explains how to use the platform effectively. +Frances Caballo
How to Use Instagram As An Author Plus 10 Ways to Grow Your Account Organically
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I love the New Year! It’s full of promise for the year ahead and in today’s show, I share my goals and talk to Nina Amir about positive thinking and creative visualization to help you set your goals for 2017.
Visualization and Positive Thinking For Authors with Nina Amir
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I’m fascinated by religious relics. They appear in a number of my thrillers because they hold so much meaning for believers, and many of them are really strange. #relic
15 Weird and Wonderful Religious Relics
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I love book research. It’s one of the most fun parts of the book creation process for me, but I definitely need to make sure I don’t disappear down the rabbit-hole of research and forget to actually write!

In this article, I’ll explain how to conduct research for your books, how to organize and manage the information you find, plus how to know when to stop researching and start writing.
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If you want to write a book, how do you know if your idea is worth pursuing?

Today’s guest post is from Jeff Elkins who introduces us to what Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, calls The Hedgehog Concept.
How to Choose a Book Idea: Using the Hedgehog Concept
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I get my geek on with Brad from Vellum and do a pretty long intro about more changes in the publishing world and what you can do to make sure you're ahead of the curve! 
Beautiful Ebook Formatting with Brad Andalman from Vellum
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Do you want to achieve your creative goals in the coming year? Perhaps you want to write your first book, or get another series out? Sell 1000 copies or reach a particular income goal?

Do you need help with planning and productivity? Is your To Do list unmanageable?!

I did a live webinar last week on planning for success in 2017 and it proved useful to a lot of the attendees, so I thought you might also like it.
Plan To Achieve Your Creative Goals In 2017. Webinar Replay with Joanna Penn
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That sounds like a great plan.
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Readers DO judge a book by its cover, and you only have a split second to make a reader want to click to read more or download a sample. Here are some tips for getting the best cover design. 
Book Cover Design Fundamentals: Questions To Consider Before Hiring A Designer
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Author, Professional Speaker. Entrepreneur, Blogger, Podcaster. Specializing in Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling thriller author. Thrillers on the edge
International Professional Speaker.
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
  • University of Oxford
    MA Theology, 1994 - 1997
  • University of Auckland
    Grad Dip Psychology, 2006
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