Episode Summary

Joanna Penn left the corporate world a decade ago to write full time. Since then she’s become an an award winning entrepreneur, a hugely successful fiction and non fiction author, podcaster and teacher of other people who want to write for a living.

Episode Notes

I’ve spoken to writers before on this show. A massive highlight for me was talking to Tom McLaughlin (Episode 85) about how he became a writer and illustrator for kids.

But today’s guest helps people write for a living. FOR A LIVING!

Joanna Penn (www.thecreativepenn.com) left the corporate world a decade ago to write full time. Since then she’s become an an award winning entrepreneur, a hugely successful fiction and non-fiction author, podcaster and teacher of other people who want to write for a living.

In our interview we talk about -

  • Leaving your job and how to get started BEFORE you leave your job
  • From selling your time to selling assets
  • Short term income versus long term sustainable income
  • Marketing and diversifying your writing business
  • Publishing options
  • How writers make money beyond writing books
  • Outsourcing and organising your time as a professional writer
  • How to get started

Joanna has a huge amount of free resources on her website as well as her books and courses. I highly recommend you get her advice before you start planning how you’re going to make a career writing.

If you want to absolutely guarantee that you won’t get in your own way as you start planning how you’re going to do what you love for a living, sign up to A Brilliant Gamble Online. Find out more and sign up on the programme homepage.

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