The Creative Penn Podcast

Podcast episodes will be posted every Monday and will cover interviews, inspiration and information on writing and creativity, publishing options, book marketing and creative entrepreneurship.

CreativePennPodcastButton_240x2402All the back list episodes are listed below. You can subscribe directly through my podcast feed here. You can also subscribe on iTunes here. Or on Stitcher here.

You can also watch most of the episodes here on YouTube – although you won’t get my intro per audio show :)

“I highly recommend listening to the bi-weekly podcasts by Joanna Penn. Her joyful, lovable style and positive attitude is addicting, and her interviews dive right into the meat of the matter.” Mark S. R. Peterson

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Here is a list of the podcast episodes. Click to listen, watch or download.

#231 – Abundance for authors and taking action with Honoree Corder [Transcript]

#230 – Q&A Show on self-publishing and book marketing with me, Joanna Penn :) [Transcript]

#229 – Discipline and practice in writing and swordfighting with Guy Windsor [Transcript]

#228 – Productivity and working smarter, confidence for writers and breaking the rules with Chandler Bolt [Transcript]

#227 – Genre, story tips and getting a film deal with Charles Harris [Transcript]

#226 – Digital, mobile, global, indie? The future of publishing with Thad McIlroy [Transcript]

#225 – Social media tips for writers with Frances Caballo [Transcript]

#224 – Audiobook production and marketing tips with Jeffrey Kafer [Transcript]

#223 – On writing and mindset for indie authors with Susan Kaye Quinn [Transcript]

#222 – Q&A on writing, self-publishing and book marketing with me, Joanna Penn [Transcript]

#221 – Gaming, writing and collaboration with Nathan Meunier [Transcript]

#220 – Writing fast, building an audience and Facebook advertising for authors with Mark Dawson [Transcript]

#219 – Virtual reality for writers, publishing and gaming with Rob Morgan [Transcript]

#218 – Writing horror and making a fulltime living from your writing with Michaelbrent Collings [Transcript]

#217 – All your editing questions answered with Jen Blood [Transcript]

#216 – Tips on screenwriting, film rights and adapting your novel with Lucy V. Hay [Transcript]

#215 – Writing fiction: Tips on plot with Roz Morris [Transcript]

#214 – Book titles that sell, productivity for authors and marketing for introverts with Tim Grahl [Transcript]

#213 – How to use audio and podcasting effectively to promote your book with Viv Oyolu [Transcript]

#212 – Optimizing Kindle categories, email list building and Facebook advertising with Nick Stephenson [Transcript]

#211 – Marketing vs sales with Jim Kukral [Transcript]

#210 – Getting your self-published book into bookstores and libraries with Debbie Young [Transcript]

#209 – Overwhelmed as an author? How to work with virtual assistants with Chris Ducker

#208 – The Story Grid. How to tell a story and edit your fiction with Shawn Coyne [Transcript]

#207 – Game changing technology for self-publishing children’s picture books with Laura Backes [Transcript]

#206 – How to make a living as an author. A discussion between Joanna Penn and Mark McGuinness [Transcript]

#205 – Author earnings, audiobooks, global focus and more. 2014 roundup with Hugh McGuire

#204 – Audiobooks for indies with Simon Whistler [Transcript]

#203 – Writing the million dollar outline and resonance in writing with David Farland [Transcript]

#202 – Book cover design and entrepreneurship with Derek Murphy

#201 – The Christian publishing market with Jeremy Bouma [Transcript]

#200 – Reinvention and lessons from the journey. Special episode 200 plus an interview with Alexis Grant

#199 – From the first book to running a multi-genre story studio with Sean Platt [Transcript]

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#198 – Six figure success self-publishing non-fiction books with Steve Scott [Transcript]

#197 – Copyright, publishing contract clauses, image use and avoiding getting sued with Helen Sedwick

#196: Writing religious thrillers and storytelling lessons from commercial TV with Simon Toyne [Transcript]

#195: Creating Money, Creating Meaning with Orna Ross

#194: Productivity tips and running your author business with Jen Talty [Transcript]

#193: Self-publishing and the Bookstrapper’s Guide to book marketing, with Tucker Max [Transcript]

#192: Writing non-fiction as a side hustle with Nick Loper [Transcript]

#191: Author entrepreneur. Go direct and sell to your customers with Jim Kukral [Transcript]

#190: Writing fiction: Improve your dialogue with James Scott Bell [Transcript]

#189: Make Art. Make Money. Lessons from Jim Henson with Elizabeth Hyde Stevens [Transcript]

#188: Writing thrillers and lessons learned from forty years of writing with David Morrell [Transcript]

#187: The mindset of successful indie authors and longevity as a writer with Bob Mayer [Transcript]

#186: The Lion’s Gate, Resistance and Mental Toughness for Writers with Steven Pressfield [Transcript]

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#185: How audiobook narration and production works with Audible approved narrator and voice talent, Rosalind Ashford [Transcript]

#184 – Ryan Holiday on the author mindset, researching and writing non-fiction and The Obstacle is the Way. [Transcript]

#183 – Money, writing and life with Jane Friedman [Transcript]

#182 – From one book to running a business as an author with Johnny B. Truant [Transcript]

#181 – Business strategy and creative giants with Charlie Gilkey [Transcript]

#180 – Why authors should consider graphic novel adaptations with Nathan Massengill [Transcript]

#179 – Adapting Shakespeare to thriller pacing and academic publishing with AJ Hartley

#178 – Selling books at Kobo and publishing news with Mark Lefebvre

#177 – Die Empty. Managing your creative rhythm with Todd Henry

#176 – Tips for a long term writing career and writing historical fiction with Colin Falconer

#175 – Book marketing: How to use Wattpad as an author with Ashleigh Gardner

#174 – Self-publishing and marketing books for children with Karen Inglis

#173 – The entrepreneurial realities of being a pro writer with Mel Sherratt

#172 – Entrepreneurial publishing, book marketing and prolific living with Farnoosh Brock

#171 – Global market focus: Publishing and book marketing in India with Minal Hajratwala

#170 – Writing serial fiction and collaborative writing with David Wright

#169 – The Successful Writer’s Work Ethic with Kerry Wilkinson

#168 – How to self-publish in Germany with Matthias Matting

#167 – How to get in the zone and stay in it with Tom Evans

#166 – Combating platform fatigue and thinking long term for your writing career with Dan Blank

#165 – Goodreads for Authors with Patrick Brown

#164 – Writing memoir with Marion Roach Smith

#163 – On writing, self-publishing and the business of being a pro writer with James Scott Bell 

#162 – Writing thrillers, being prolific and video marketing with Jeremy Robinson

#161 – Audiobook narration and production with Veronica Giguere

#160 – Creativity, experimental literature and performance poetry with Dan Holloway

#159 – A Guide to Rights, and how you can exploit them as an indie, with Orna Ross

#158 – Content marketing, Google Plus and Book Marketing Tips With Penny Sansevieri

#157 – The business of writing, publishing and book marketing with Stephanie Chandler

#156 – Writing fiction: Bring your characters to life with Roz Morris

#155 – Writing travel memoir, tackling risk and adventuring with Alastair Humphreys

#154 – Short Story: Sins of Temptation. Written by J.F.Penn and read by the author. Based on Dante’s Inferno for Kobo Descent competition.

#153 – Microdomination: Branding, content marketing and social media with Trevor Young

#152 – Book design elements and interior formatting with Jane Dixon Smith

#151 – Getting a book deal from a blog and launching a best-selling non-fiction book with Marianne Cantwell

#150 – How to record, produce and distribute audiobooks with J. Daniel Sawyer

#149 – On Violence and Writing Fight Scenes with Jarrah Loh

#148 – Book Marketing: How to Write Press Releases with Steven Lewis

#147 – Writing, Illustrating and Marketing Children’s Books with Katie Davis

#146 – State of self-publishing and 5 things to get sorted for 2013

#145 – Productivity for Writers and Taking Writing Seriously. A discussion with Iain Broome.

#144 – Copywiting and making money as a writer with Mindy McHorse

#143 – Ebook publishing on Kobo with Mark Lefebvre, Kobo’s Director of Self-Publishing

#142 – Writing metaphor, memorable scenes and horror with Chuck Wendig

#141 – Publishing ebooks for Dummies with Ali Luke

#140 – Publishing choices, and using PR and traditional media with Polly Courtney

#139 – Writing, creativity and the empowerment of the author with Orna Ross

#138 – Writing thrillers and adventures in publishing with Boyd Morrison

#137 – Build a full-time writing career slowly with Lindsay Buroker

#136 – The Millionaire Author Mindset with Stephanie Hale

#135 – Wired for Story: Using Brain Science to Hook Readers with Lisa Cron

#134 – Becoming a Pro Writer and selling thousands of books a month with NY Times bestselling author CJ Lyons

#133 – Writing about death and crime scenes with ex-homicide detective and coroner Garry Rodgers

#132 – Writing religion and spirituality with Jill Carroll

#131 – Winning the hearts and minds of readers through editing with Matt Gartland from

#130 – Becoming a creative genius with Phil South

#129 – Author websites, branding and copywriting with James Chartrand from Men With Pens

#128 – Marketing fiction vs non-fiction with Johnny B. Truant

#127 – Marketing your way to a #1 Amazon bestseller with Rachel Abbott

#126 – Secrets of Amazon metadata with #1 Amazon bestseller Mark Edwards

#125 – You are a writer. Act like one. With Jeff Goins.

#124 – Writing Mystery and the Entrepreneurial Indie Spirit with Adam Croft

#123 – Writing tips: Guns, Bullets and Shooting with J.Daniel Sawyer

#122 – Success in Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing Takes Time with Jane Friedman

#121 – From indie author to hybrid with Amazon’s Thomas Mercer Imprint with Scott Nicholson

#120 – Character development, setting and writing thrillers with Layton Green

#119 – Award winning literary fiction and Transmedia with Kate Pullinger

#118 – Make your own luck with social media with Alexis Grant

#117 – The empowerment of indie publishing with David Gaughran

#116 – Writing epic fantasy and becoming a pro author with Michael J Sullivan

#115 – Getting attention and no publisher needed with Jim Kukral

#114 – Lessons learned from publishing innovation The Domino Project with Ishita Gupta

#113 – Self-publishing and ebook predictions for 2012 + Kindle Select with Steven Lewis

#112 – The importance of indie books with Indie Reader Amy Edelman

#111 – The Joy of English with Jesse Karjalainen (grammar and English language usage)

#110 – Serial fiction with author entrepreneur Sean Platt

#109 – The Art & Craft of Story with Victoria Mixon

#108 – Six figure self-publishing with Robin Sullivan

#107 – Social media marketing enthusiasm with Dan Blank

#106 – Writing literary fiction with Roz Morris

#105 – Book Cover Design Tips with book cover designer Anthony Puttee

#104 – How to get book reviews with Dana Lynn Smith

#103 – How to write fight scenes with Alan Baxter

#102 – Publishing Guide to Twitter with Jon Reed from Publishing Talk

#101 – Writing thrillers and action-adventure with David Wood

#100 – What I have learned in the last 2 years – 100th podcast celebration – by Joanna Penn

#99: Writing Historical Romance and the Christian market with Jody Hedlund

#98: The Art and Science of Lightbulb Moments with Tom Evans, The Bookwright

#97: Book Marketing Q&A with Joanna Penn

#96: Getting a book deal from your online platform with Jim Hopkinson, Wired’s marketing guy

#95: Kindle sales and pricing with Stephen Windwalker

#94: Researching your novel and experiences in publishing with Warren Fahy, author of Fragment

#93: Book Marketing for Introverts with Ruth Ann Nordin

#92: Social media marketing strategy with Marian Schembari

#91: On leaving traditional publishing for ebook sales success with LJ Sellers

#90: Crime Fiction: The Truth about Police Investigation with Joe Giacalone

#89: Writing Chick Lit with Benison Anne O’Reilly

#88: Lessons for writers from the theatre with David Farmer

#87: Book Launches and Marketing for Pentecost and Save My Soul with Joanna Penn and Zoe Winters

#86: What writers get wrong about psychology with Carolyn Kaufman

#85: Copywriting and patience with traditional publishing with Iain Broome

#84: Nailing your novel with Roz Morris

#83: Branding yourself and productivity tips with Mars Dorian

#82: Creative Entrepreneurship and Content Marketing with Mark McGuinness

#81: Writing mysteries with Elizabeth Spann Craig/ Riley Adams

#80: On changing your life, writing and marketing a book with Joanna Penn

#79: How ‘Machine of Death’ became an Indie Amazon Bestseller with David Malki !

#78: How to improve your blog with Annabel Candy from Get In The Hot Spot

#77: Achieving goals with Ian Usher, who sold his life on eBay

#76: Kindle bestsellers, Blog Book Tours and and ebook success with Scott Nicholson

#75: Writing, Blogging and Authenticity with Justine Musk,

#74: Ebook design and Romance writing with Moriah Jovan

#73: Editing a novel with Steve Parolini, the Novel Doctor

#72: Writing Fantasy and Being a Pro-Novelist with Philippa Ballantine

#71: Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing with Dean Wesley Smith

#70: Multi-media publishing and book promotion with Greg McQueen from Big Bad Media

#69: Ebook publishing inspiration with Mark Coker from Smashwords

#68: Being an indie author and self-publishing with Zoe Winters

#67: Writing your life story with Jo Parfitt

#66: Writing and Neuroscience with Livia Blackburne

#65: Writing Memoir and Using Scribd for Book Promotion with Hyla Molander

#64: How to use Book Trailers Effectively with Darcy Pattison

#63: Copywriting that sells your books with Paul Lonergan

#62: Ebook publishing with Michelle Halket, ireadiwrite Publishing

#61: Spoken Word Poetry with Ami Mattison

#60: Authenticity, Creative Expression and Beating Fear of Judgement with Robert Rabbin

#59: How to Write a Book Proposal with Gary Smailes from BubbleCow

#58: Inspiration for Authors on Resilience, Accepting Criticism and Being an Introvert with Clare Edwards

#57: Self-Publishing and Book Marketing Tips from Dan Poynter

#56: Writing Books for Children with Fiona Ingram

#55: How to build buzz for your book with Aggie Villanueva

#54: How to be a NY Times Bestselling Author with Scott Sigler(with transcript)

#53: On Frugal Book Promotion with Carolyn Howard-Johnson

#52: Using Writing Software To Organise Your Novel and Being an Author-Entrepreneur with Harriet Smart (Includes Transcript)

#51: First time novel publishing experience with Graham Storrs

#50: Advanced Blogging Tips for Authors with Blogging Teacher, Paul Cunningham (Includes Transcript)

#49: Using video for book promotion with Gideon Shalwick, internet video expert (Includes Transcript)

#48: Crime writer Seth Harwood on new publishing paradigms and author marketing

#47: How to find your authentic writer’s voice with Julia McCutchen

#46: Writing romance and first time novel experiences with Dean Mayes

#45: Crime writing and tips on getting an agent with Sam Blake

#44: Book Design with Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer (with transcript)

#43: Creating iPhone apps for your books with Tom Evans, The Bookwright

#42: Writing Supernatural Themes and Fight Scenes with Dark Fantasy Author Alan Baxter

#41: EBook Q&A with Joshua Tallent from (Includes Transcript)

#40: Beat Procrastination with Peak Performance Coach, Rajeev Dewan

#39: Book Marketing: Your Questions Answered by Joanna Penn (with transcript)

#38: Self-Publishing, your questions answered in interview with April Hamilton, Indie Author (Includes Transcript)

#37: How to Write Your First Book with Joanna Penn (interviewed by Lenore Miller)

#36: Writing Family Humour and Fulfilling Your Dreams with Jane Grieve

#35: How to become a Wealthy Author of Non Fiction Books by Debbie Jenkins

#34: Blogging Basics for Writers with Joel Williams, The Blog Tech Guy

#33: Tips for sci-fi/ fantasy authors with Philippa Ballantine, J. Daniel Sawyer & Chris Lester

#32: J.C. Hutchins on Writing Thriller Novels and Publishing Success for 7th Son

#31: Mur Lafferty on Writing Novels and Top Tips for NaNoWriMo

#30: Alexis Grant on Writer’s Retreats and Travel Writing

#29: Matthew Cavnar from on How the Vook is Changing Publishing

#28: Henry Baum on the Opportunities in Self Publishing

#27: Neal Hoskins on Publishing Books as iPhone apps

#26: Dana Lynn Smith on Book Marketing Plans

#25: Julia McCutchen on Brilliant Book Proposals and the Traditional Publishing Process

#24: Tony Eldridge on Adventure Novels and Book Marketing

#23: Medialoper Kirk Biglione on Ebooks and Digital Media

#22: Alastair Humphreys on Travel Writing and Achieving Outrageous Goals

#21 Lauren Roche on Writing as Therapy and her Inspirational Memoir

#20: Grant McDuling on The Business of Selling Words (and make a 6 figure income)

#19: Jeffrey Kafer on being an Audiobook Voice Talent and tips for authors DIY

#18: Trevor Young, PR Warrior on marketing and promotion ideas for authors

#17: Joanna Penn on Writing and Publishing interviewed by Frankie Mueller

#16 Tom Evans, the Bookwright, on overcoming writer’s block

#15 Pip Ballantine on her 12 year overnight success podcasting to traditional publishing deal

#14  Tee Morris on performance, podcasting and social media for authors

#13 Joanna Penn (yes, me!) on How Publishing Has Changed and Why Authors Must Too

#12  Iggy Pintado on the power of connection for authors

#11: Heather Wallace on Print-on-Demand – what is it and how can you use it

#10: Author 2.0 teaser featuring tips from great interviews with some big names in the web 2.0 author world!

#9 – Podcast: Joan Kremer on Writing and Authors in Second Life

#8 – Podcast: Steve Tiano on Book Design and Layout including tips for self-publishers

#7 – Podcast: Author Seth Harwood on podcasting to print publishing and building your author platform

#6: Podcast: Dale Beaumont on being an Author Entrepreneur

#5: Podcast: Karen Schmidt on being a professional speaker and author

#4: Podcast: J.C Hutchins explains the cross-media phenomenon “Personal Effects: Dark Art”

#3: Podcast: Roger C. Parker: Tips for a successful author platform

#2: Podcast: Ron Nash on writing, publishing and web 2.0 book promotion

#1: Podcast: Rachael Bermingham explains her tips on promotion after selling over 1 million books