Writing Travel Memoir, Fear Of Judgment, Fear Of Failure, And Journaling With J.F. Penn
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What do you need to consider when writing travel memoir? How fear of judgment and fear of failure are real issues even for established authors, and more in these selected excerpts from interviews with J.F. Penn around Pilgrimage: Lessons Learned from Solo Walking Three Ancient Ways. In this episode, I talk about: How Pilgrimage fits across several sub-categories of the travel genre and the perils of writing cross-genre  Fear of sharing personal aspects in the memoir, fear of launch, fear of failure, fear of judgment, and being terrified of doing a Kickstarter (recorded several days befor ..read more
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The Importance Of Confident Creative Direction, Voice, And Taste, In Generative AI Art With Oliver Altair
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How can you use AI tools to ethically and responsibly create in whatever sphere you love? What are some of the tools and why are creative direction, voice, and taste, so important? I discuss these issues and more in a solo introduction and an interview with Oliver Altair. In the first 28 mins of the podcast, I give an extended introduction about the various legal cases around AI and copyright, my thoughts on the best way to approach it for your creative work, and how to use AI tools ethically and responsibly. I've included the transcript below with lots of links and further resources, and you ..read more
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Why I’m Launching My Book On Kickstarter And Not On The Usual Stores
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5d ago
What is Kickstarter and how does it benefit creators and backers? What kinds of projects can you find on Kickstarter? Plus, why I'm launching on Kickstarter for Pilgrimage instead of the usual stores. You can watch the video below or here on YouTube. Overview: What is Kickstarter and what kinds of creative campaigns can you find there? Why Kickstarter is great for finding original books, and also helps creators directly How a campaign works — and how you can keep buying even when the campaign is fully funded (until it finishes) Why I'm using Kickstarter for Pilgrimage rather than releas ..read more
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Love Travel Memoir Or Walking Books? Pilgrimage Is Out Now On Kickstarter
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5d ago
After several years of writing, walking hundreds of kilometers, and much soul-searching, Pilgrimage: Lessons Learned from Solo Walking Three Ancient Ways is out now on Kickstarter! Watch the video below or here on YouTube. The video covers: Who I am and why Pilgrimage is important to me — and helpful for you The different editions of the book, including hardback, paperback, large print, ebook, audiobook, workbook What Pilgrimage covers and what's inside the book Pictures from my pilgrimages Pilgrimage is only available on Kickstarter 23 Jan – 5 Feb, 2023, and I will publish on other platfor ..read more
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Intuitive Writing And Book Marketing With Becca Syme
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1w ago
Do you sometimes just ‘know' when a story is right? Does something ‘click' during the writing process and suddenly things make sense? Do you lean into your curiosity and emotion when it comes to writing and marketing? If yes, you might be an intuitive writer, as Becca Syme explains in this interview. In the intro, Chokepoint Capitalism [Decoder]; Direct sales [Kris Rusch]; Amazon Ads for Authors by Ricardo Fayet; Ads for Authors course; Why I Ignored Target Reader Feedback for my Book Cover Design; ChatGPT for teachers [Hard Fork]; Pilgrimage Kickstarter. This podcast is sponsored by Kob ..read more
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Why I Ignored Target Reader Feedback For My Pilgrimage Book Cover Design
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2w ago
How do you decide on a cover for a cross-genre book outside of your usual market? How do you balance feedback from potential readers with the emotional promise of the book? In this article, I go through the book cover design process for Pilgrimage: Lessons Learned from Solo Walking Three Ancient Ways. I've been working on this travel memoir/solo walking/pilgrimage guide since October 2020. It's a very personal book. It's a book of my heart. It means a lot to me. So yes, I am emotional about it! Pilgrimage was difficult to write because I didn't really know how the book would turn out. I starte ..read more
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How To (Finally) Finish Your Book With Roz Morris
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2w ago
What are the most common reasons why writers don't finish their books —and how can you overcome them in order to finish yours this year? Roz Morris gives practical writing and mindset tips. In the intro, Spotify promo codes [FindawayVoices]; Rachael Herron's money episode [How Do You Write?]; Changes at Amazon [Kris Writes, BBC]; AI as a writing co-pilot [Stark Reflections]; Hindenburg Narrator for audiobook mastering; Pilgrimage audiobook chapters [Books and Travel]. Today's show is sponsored by Ingram Spark, which I use to print and distribute my print-on-demand books to 40,000 retailers in ..read more
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How To Use Paid Advertising As Part Of Your Book Marketing With Mark Dawson
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3w ago
How can you use paid advertising as part of your book marketing strategy? How can you reach more readers and sell more books in the year ahead? Mark Dawson provides strategies and tips in this interview. In the intro, publishing trends for 2023 [Written Word Media]; Apple AI narration; ChatGPT into Bing [The Verge]; Comments on Audible [Brandon Sanderson, Audiblegate]; TikTok ban and problems [Reuters, Rolling Stone]; my Pilgrimage Kickstarter. Today's show is sponsored by Draft2Digital, where you can get free ebook formatting, free distribution to multiple stores, and a host of other be ..read more
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My 2023 Creative and Business Goals With Joanna Penn
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Happy New Year 2023! I am more excited than ever this year about the books I want to write and publish. I've had a difficult few years (haven't we all?!) but now I'm ready to create at full throttle in 2023, aided by the incredible AI-powered tools emerging for writers. Here's an overview of my 2023 goals: J.F. Penn — Pilgrimage (and my first Kickstarter); Catacomb book, ARKANE 13, and some short stories Joanna Penn — The Shadow Book (and maybe another Kickstarter), The Creator Economy for Authors, and maybe The AI-Assisted Author Continue The Creative Penn Podcast Experiment with futurist te ..read more
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Review Of My 2022 Creative Business Goals
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Another year ends, and once more, it's time to reflect on our creative goals. I hope you will take the time to review your goals, and leave a comment below about how the year went. Did you achieve everything you wanted to? You can read my 2022 goals here and I reflect on what I achieved below. Books for authors — Joanna Penn Fiction as J.F. Penn — thrillers, dark fantasy, crime, horror, short stories Shift to the Creator Economy and focus on selling direct Embrace multi-passionate creativity — and optimize for curiosity — as we move into The Creative Future. Generative AI, NFTs, and more The ..read more
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