Your backstage pass to the world’s most prolific authors

JD Barker
Christine Daigle
Kevin Tumlinson
Jena Brown

What does it take to succeed as a writer? Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, Kevin Tumlinson and Jena Brown as they pull back the curtain and gain rare insight from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide.

Want to ask your favorite author a question? Click here!

Designing a Career as an Authorpreneur with Joanna Penn

Joanna Penn spent the last ten years designing a career as an authorpreneur. As a self-published author, business owner, and podcaster, she thrives on self-investment and brand recognition. Penn is most known for her international and award-winning podcast, The Creative Penn. She has written many titles for independent writers including How To Market a Book and Successful Self-Publishing. In addition, Joanna publishes a unique brand of dark fiction under the name J.F. Penn. When she isn’t writing, she runs Curl Up Press and speaks professionally around the world.


Joanna Penn is a bestselling author, international speaker and award-winning entrepreneur based in Bath, England. Her site, helps authors with creativity, writing, publishing, book marketing and creative entrepreneurship. It has been voted one of the top 100 sites for authors by Writers Digest. Joanna has a popular podcast, The Creative Penn, and a YouTube Channel.

Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business – editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouse, J. Thorn, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How to find an enjoyable career
  • How to establish a brand
  • Why time comes before money
  • How to scale a product
  • Why to invest in yourself


Joanna Penn –

The Creative Penn Podcast –

Books and Travel Podcast –

Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn –

How To Market a Book by Joanna Penn –

J. D. Barker –

J. Thorn –

Music by Nicorus – 

Voice Over by Rick Ganley – and recorded at Mill Pond Studio –

Contact – 

*Full disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links.


  1. Writing Crime Fiction: Myths And Misconceptions About The FBI With Jerri Williams | The Creative Penn

    4 years ago  

    […] into the first draft phase on Map of the Impossible. The creative cycle turns again! Plus, I'm on The Writer's Ink Podcast talking about creative entrepreneurship, and on the Six Figure Author Podcast talking about […]

  2. Anne-Maree Gray

    4 years ago  

    Joanna’s voice is so distinctive, it’s no wonder audio has worked for her. Lots of awesome info, thanks guys.

    1. J. Thorn

      4 years ago  

      Especially after 10 years of podcasting 😉

  3. Jenni Clarke

    4 years ago  

    Great interview.
    I’m always dipping into Joanna’s podcast for info and inspiration. Very nervous about the audio side of things as I haven’t the strongest of voices after years of asthma inhalers. I have ‘record a flash fiction’ on my to do list – we’ll see

    1. J. Thorn

      4 years ago  

      Thanks! Jo is very inspiring.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *