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Publisher's Summary

Would you like to leave your job and make a living with your writing? This book will show you how.

I spent 13 years working as a cubicle slave in the corporate world. I was miserable in my job and my creativity was stunted by the crushing daily grind. Then I started writing books and blogging, using my words to create products and attract readers.

In September 2011, I left my corporate job to become a full-time author and creative entrepreneur and since then I've grown my business year by year, all based on my writing. More importantly, I'm finally living the happy life I always wanted.

I'm not a Kindle or blogging millionaire and this is not a get rich quick scheme. But I will share with you how I make a multi-six-figure income from writing books, blogging and marketing in an ethical manner. We're living in the best time ever to make a living with your writing!

©2015 Joanna Penn (P)2017 Joanna Penn

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Book or Ad?

What did you like best about How to Make a Living with Your Writing? What did you like least?

Information is decent, but I couldn't past all the references the author makes to her website and teaching programs. I felt like I was listening to a long advertisement for her web-related business. Next time, just put all that stuff at the end, or reference once, but not throughout the book.

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A lot of honest advice

I found Joanna Penn through one of the creative entrepreneur coaches I trust the most, Marc McGuinness. I'd listened to a podcast where he interviewed her and I thought "Oh she sounds like she's won't b s you" I liked her style and felt the info she gave was straight up and not trying to oversell you some formula. So I went and checked out her website and found good solid blog posts and videos on there too.
By the time I listened to this book, I'd listened to quite a few of the 'great' ones out there on writing and some I liked a lot more than others. Too often though, much of the content was slick marketing style stuff that left you still wondering how YOU would achieve your goals. Joanna's book isn't like that - it's a comfy mix of information and personal story that gives you solid suggestions of actions to take, software to use and so on and she doesn't pretend things will happen like magic. She's encouraging and offers sincere advice, ideas and info.
I'd say if you're looking for a good book to get you going, (and one that doesn't break the bank too!) you'll be happy with this buy. I am currently listening for the third time and that is a rare thing for me to do, possibly the first time I've done this.

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  • Liam
  • Somewhere I don't want to be
  • 04-17-18

Good for ebook

This book is full of useful information. I’m sure it would be excellent as an ebook but for an audible, not so much. Every couple of minutes it follows the same pattern, you can find more information on my blog at dah dah dah dot com backslash dah dah dah. Because if the information and the manner it which it is presented, both from the reader and writer I do recommend this book, it’s a quick listen just be prepared for the constant stream of urls coming your way.

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More of what to do please

Most of the authors can’t seem to help talking about themselves & take FOREVER to get to the actual “how to”.

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Penn-nominal! Thank you! 😀

Between the awesome accent and the excellent author advice, this book is a slam dunk.

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Info without the fluff

Joanne Penn was able to convey what authors need to get started on their journey to success in an easy and understandable way. I can see why she is such a pillar in the independent author community.

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  • 04-24-17

Great info!

So many authors offer just an overview with no meat on the bones - not the case here. Lots of 'first steps', 'next steps' - a very informative listen !!

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Nice Rundown

A good overview of how to get started in the writing industry. The book gives you a little bit of everything. The author shares her experiences and helps you understand some of the issues you may encounter. The book doesn't get into the details too much however the author does give links and places where you can find more info if you are looking for it. Well written,. Audible version well narrated.

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An inspiring read

I became aware of The Creative Penn many years ago and recall seeing Ms. Penn’s first publication. Then I got distracted by my own career for several years. This summer, I found TCP’s podcasts and have been gobbling them up—along with all of Ms. Penn’s non-fiction books on writing. I’m keen on taking my career to the next level and I know Joanna’s going to help me do it. So glad I found Joanna and The Creative Penn again. Highly recommended!

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Nothing new, but well presented

Narrator was great.

I don't know that I really learned anything new here, but Joanna's information is well presented in a logical progression.

I would definitely reconvene this book to anyone who wants to be a writer but hasn't managed to finish anything yet.

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  • Dr Deen Mirza
  • 07-19-17

good tips from an exemplary author/ entrepreneur

Good listen. Helpful for new or budding authors. The author's podcast is excellent. has helped me on my own creative journey

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-18

Well written and useful

Very well written and useful book for anyone interested in writing. I'm going to make sure I listen again when my book is finished. Thanks :)

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  • Sonni G.
  • 01-06-18

A good primer

I enjoyed this audio book....the pace was just right and the honest, open approach is refreshing. The narrator has a really smoothing voice and is pleasurable to listen to...