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My Interview on the Prestigious Creative Penn Website

A new post about my appearance on Joanna Penn’s Creative Penn website/podcast/videocast

Headshot of Joanna Penn
Joanna Penn, authorpreneur

Not 15 minutes of fame, but 45 minutes for me today, as my recent interview with the author and entrepreneur Joanna Penn goes live on her fabulous Creative Penn website.

Joanna invited me to appear on her prestigious online show to talk about the work I do with the Alliance of Independent Authors, the not-for-profit global organisation of whose advice blog I’m Commissioning Editor, and for who last year I co-authored an important book facilitating better relationships between self-published authors and the book trade: Opening Up To Indie Authors. We’re both members of ALLi and our paths often cross at events and online in the world of self-publishing.

Cover of Opening Up To Indie Authors
My latest book, co-authored with Dan Holloway, explains more about the book trade

Joanna, who was an early adopter and trailblazer of self-publishing in its modern form, is a seasoned podcaster, with a back catalogue of over 200 podcasts available on her website, but for me this was a first.

Although I really enjoyed chatting with Joanna online, I was nervous of how the final podcast would turn out, knowing it was going to run as both an audio and a video broadcast. This is not least because I am never entirely on top of the technology with my computer, hence the slightly ghostly look to me in the video, while Joanna is wreathed in a much healthier golden glow!

However, I’m really pleased with the result – and astonished at how much information we fitted in to the session, which seemed to fly by on the day. Big thanks to Joanna for her time and attention, and for this opportunity to share ALLi’s messages and my own thoughts on her prestigious platform.

To watch the video on YouTube, click here:

To read a summary of the key points and listen to the audio podcast, click here:

If you’re an aspiring authorpreneur in search of a great role model, follow Joanna’s blog and read her non-fiction books here:
If you love to read supernatural thrillers, check out her fiction site here:


English author of warm, witty cosy mystery novels including the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries and the Gemma Lamb/St Bride's School series. Novels published by Boldwood Books, all other books by Hawkesbury Press. Represented by Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agents. Founder and director of the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. Course tutor for Jericho Writers. UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors. Lives and writes in her Victorian cottage in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

3 thoughts on “My Interview on the Prestigious Creative Penn Website

  1. Well done, Debbie. Podcasting and video is something I’ve been thinking about playing with, but like anything, there’s a learning curve, and a fear curve. Kudos to you for dipping your toes in the water *and* sharing valuable information.

    1. Thanks, Laura, I’d love to learn more about how to do it myself, so I can put some on my own blog, including some podcasts of me reading some of my short stories. I am in awe of Joanna’s skill at it, which she has honed by years of practice!

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