The Creative Penn Podcast

Information, inspiration and interviews on writing, self-publishing, book marketing and making a living with your writing.



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Voice Technologies For Authors With Bradley Metrock

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Round-Up Of 2018 Writing Goals And Lessons Learned

Another year turns! 2018 has been a big one for me as I reached 10 years of The Creative Penn. Considering many new companies don't make it past 5 years, and many writers don't make it to full-time, I am pretty happy with overall progress – but as ever...


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