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Joanna Penn
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Author, Professional Speaker. Entrepreneur, Blogger, Podcaster. Specializing in Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing
Author, Professional Speaker. Entrepreneur, Blogger, Podcaster. Specializing in Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing

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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 other authors – plus why professionalism and patience are critical for long-term success.
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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.
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Sometimes we become so focused on the nitty-gritty technical aspects of writing and publishing that we forget the power of the unconscious mind, the part that understands story at a fundamental level.

In today's episode, Caroline Donahue talks about how to use the Tarot to find a way into your creative unconscious.
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I love traveling for book research and author conferences, but I've discovered that I produce my best creative work when I'm at home in a regular routine with plain food and not a very exciting life!

In today's video (with transcript below), I explain why you need to “be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work,” as described by Gustave Flaubert, author of Madame Bovary.
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What happens when you reach your goals around making a living with your writing? How do you take the next steps into freedom and long-term business thinking?

In today's show, I interview Yaro Starak, who taught me about blogging, podcasting and internet business nearly 10 years ago. We talk about how his own online business has changed, and how to move into freedom of mindset as well as freedom of time and money.
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When I left my day job in 2011 to become a full-time author-entrepreneur, I had six months worth of savings in the bank and I told my husband that if I couldn't make it work, I'd go back to the day job. I've never gone back, but I've definitely had to learn how to make – and keep – money along the way.

In today's article, Jaren Nichols from ZipBooks gives some money management tips.
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It's my 10 year anniversary of starting an online business as a writer, and in this show, I reflect on the changes in the publishing industry, lessons learned, and the way forward.
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How do you cope with achieving all you want to as a writer, as well as living a full life and enjoying your family and friends, without feeling overwhelmed?
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If you need some help buying gifts for the writer in your life, here are some ideas – even if that person is you!
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Craft is the heart of the writing life, and in today's show, I discuss Plot Gardening with Chris Fox, as well as some thoughts on how to build a career for the long-term.
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