The Creative Penn Podcast

Joanna Penn

Writing, Publishing, Book Marketing, Creative Entrepreneurship


There are so many things that authors need to do now as well as write, plus there are a lot more distractions. So how do we stay productive and creative in a crazy busy world? I discuss this with Mark McGuinness in today’s show. In the introduction, I talk about Amazon adding 5 languages to the Indian Kindle store, changes to EU VAT on ebooks, and my thoughts on the tweets coming out of the FutureBook conference in London. Here’s a short video of my own thoughts on the future of book sales. I talk about long-term thinking and will anyone miss what you’re creating if you stop? These deep and meaningful thoughts came from the podcast discussion between Chase Jarvis and Seth Godin on what does it mean to matter. An important question for 2017. I also mentioned that my audiobook boxset is now available for the London Psychic series, plus End of Days is coming back from my editor this week, I’m researching my next series, and if you want to write a novel, sell more books or plan for 2017, check out my free webinar series starting this coming weekend. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors. Mark McGuinness is an award-winning poet, non-fiction author, creative coach and professional speaker. His latest book is Productivity for Creative People: How to get creative work done in an ‘always on’ world. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. * How validation plays into Mark’s life as both a poet and a business person. Here’s Mark’s award-winning poem. * How creative people can balance the love for their art with the necessity of making money. * Why creating assets matters so much for creative people. Here’s Mark’s article about how creatives should forget the career ladder and just start creating assets.