A Creative Life Unvarnished

Writers & Artists Self-Publishing in the Digital Age

Bloomsbury Publishing organised the Writers & Artists conference “Self-Publishing in the Digital Age”, which took place at The Wellcome Trust on Euston Road, London on Saturday 29th November. I didn’t count the numbers present, but it felt like well over 100 people in the sixth floor venue had come to…

New VAT Rules Affect All Digital Businesses

Not a very positive update, I’m afraid, but important news nonetheless. On January 1st 2015, the EU is introducing a change in VAT rules that will affect the sale of all digital goods and services, including PDFs, ebooks, music downloads, photo libraries, online courses and so on. The changes will also include draconian data collection and…

A Day In the Life of a Designer/Writer/Editor

A Day In the Life of a Designer/Writer/Editor

“Designer, writer, editor – what’s that all about, Henry? Can’t you make your mind up?” Even if people don’t say it out loud, I can often see it in their faces. And that’s fair enough: most people have a single day job which is simple to describe. They’re a plumber,…

Home Truths from Abroad

Home Truths from Abroad

A week spent in Jersey has proved to be creatively refreshing, largely because I made a conscious effort to stay offline as much as possible. I checked in on Twitter a couple of times, and kept tabs on my new friends at the Alliance of Independent Authors on FB, but…

Trust Emergence

Near the end of her latest book, Business For Authors – How To Be An Author Entrepreneur ,  Joanna Penn reveals what she has pinned to the board next to her desk, including one scrap of paper with a cryptic two-word inscription: “Trust Emergence”. In the audiobook version, Joanna then indulges the…

New Self-Publishing Blockbuster from Joanna Penn

I was listening to the dulcet tones of self-publishing guru Joanna Penn for most of yesterday evening and way into the night – that’s some lullaby! But I don’t regret a minute of it: what a fantastic resource she has created with Business For Authors – How To Be An Author…

What Sort of Writer Do You Really Want to Be? Insights from Joanna Penn

If you are, or want to become, a professional writer, then I can give no better advice than to take yourself to The Creative Penn, home of author/entrepreneur and best-selling fiction and non-fiction writer Joanna Penn. Joanna has gained a reputation as being, if you’ll pardon the military metaphor, a one-woman…

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