Welcome to The Creative Penn!
In this short video I give you a guided tour of the site and explain a bit about my story, or you can read more below the video.
This site is for people interested in writing, publishing of all kinds and internet marketing/promotion for their books (in print/ebook or audio format). My aim is to make this the #1 place to come for information if this is your area of interest online.
I’m an author too and I share my own journey as well as seeking out fantastic people to interview. You can find some of the top posts and information on the resource page.
On the site, you will find:
- Regular blog posts on all aspects of writing, publishing and book promotion. You can subscribe now by email or RSS so you know when I have posted a new article. See below in the right hand sidebar for posts in different categories, or use the Search box to find articles on the topic you are interested in.
- Podcast audio interviews with authors and people in the publishing or marketing industry. Podcasts are just audios over the internet. You can subscribe in iTunes or just download the individual episodes from this page. The audios are approx 30 mins long and I post them at least every 2 weeks. There’s currently over 60 hours of free audio available.
- Free “Author 2.0 Blueprint” : a 52 page ebook with all kinds of help with writing, publishing and book marketing. I know it can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start, so the Blueprint will walk you through the model I have used.
- 90% of the information on this site is free but sometimes you may want more guided information. In the store, you will find multimedia courses to help you with aspects of writing, publishing and book marketing. I also have 1:1 consulting if you want targeted information.
You can also email me with questions at joanna@TheCreativePenn.com or leave a comment on the site.
Who is Joanna Penn?
I’m an author, internet entrepreneur and international speaker based in London, England although I lived in Australia and New Zealand for 11 years. I spent 13 years as a business IT consultant in large corporates across the globe before becoming a fulltime author-entrepreneur in September 2011.
I always dreamed of writing my own books, and spent many years thinking about it before I actually took the plunge.
I self published my first non-fiction book in 2008 and made a lot of mistakes along the way. I also didn’t sell any books because no one knew who I was. That experience made me determined to learn about marketing, as well as how to become a better writer. I started this site to share my experiences and hopefully save other people the money, time and heartache I went through.
As I become more confident in my writing, I decided to revisit my dream of writing fiction. I joined National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2009. 20,000 words later, I had a nugget of an idea that blossomed into my first novel.
In Feb 2011, I self-published my first thriller novel ‘Pentecost‘, available on Amazon and other online retailers. I blogged the journey and you can read all about the experience here.
By that point, I was hooked on writing fiction and the second novel in the ARKANE series, Prophecy was released in January 2012, debuting above Lee Child in the Action-Adventure list. I started a new site for my fiction fans, JFPenn.com and I continue to share the journey of being a writer on this site.
My novels have now sold over 55,000 copies, becoming bestsellers in the Thriller and Action Adventure categories. Although I will continue to self-publish, I signed with a literary agent in July 2012 in order to pursue a traditional publishing deal for my some of my mainstream novels as I believe in a hybrid model of publishing, where authors are empowered with options.
You can connect with me at these sites:
You can also email me: joanna@TheCreativePenn.com