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How I Used Generative AI Tools For My Short Story, With A Demon’s Eye

I've been playing with aspects of generative AI for a few years now, but for this short story, I wanted to demonstrate how you can use various AI tools in an ethical manner to help you achieve your creative purpose. My short story, With A Demon's Eye, is out now on my store, CreativePennBooks.com, in ebook and audiobook. It's also on pre-order...

Writing Choctaw Characters And Diversity In Fiction With Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

Who are the Choctaw people and how can authors write authentic Native Americans in their books? How can we research diverse characters and include a diverse cast without worrying about cancel culture? Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer talks about how her Choctaw heritage influences her books. In the intro, the Pilgrimage Kickstarter is done — thanks to...

The Empowerment Of Selling Books Direct To Your Readers With Steve Pieper

What are the benefits of selling direct? Why might using your face to advertise your books be a good idea? What might be the future of selling direct? Steve Pieper talks about these things and more. In the intro, ACX lowering audiobook prices, Chokepoint Capitalism, Audiblegate, Copyright valuation [Dean Wesley Smith]; courses on copyright;...

Writing Travel Memoir, Fear Of Judgment, Fear Of Failure, And Journaling With J.F. Penn

What do you need to consider when writing travel memoir? How fear of judgment and fear of failure are real issues even for established authors, and more in these selected excerpts from interviews with J.F. Penn around Pilgrimage: Lessons Learned from Solo Walking Three Ancient Ways. In this episode, I talk about: How Pilgrimage fits...

The Importance Of Confident Creative Direction, Voice, And Taste, In Generative AI Art With Oliver Altair

How can you use AI tools to ethically and responsibly create in whatever sphere you love? What are some of the tools and why are creative direction, voice, and taste, so important? I discuss these issues and more in a solo introduction and an interview with Oliver Altair. In the first 28 mins of the podcast, I give an extended introduction about...

Why I’m Launching My Book On Kickstarter And Not On The Usual Stores

What is Kickstarter and how does it benefit creators and backers? What kinds of projects can you find on Kickstarter? Plus, why I'm launching on Kickstarter for Pilgrimage instead of the usual stores. You can watch the video below or here on YouTube. Overview: What is Kickstarter and what kinds of creative...

Love Travel Memoir Or Walking Books? Pilgrimage Is Out Now On Kickstarter

After several years of writing, walking hundreds of kilometers, and much soul-searching, Pilgrimage: Lessons Learned from Solo Walking Three Ancient Ways is out now on Kickstarter! Watch the video below or here on YouTube. The video covers: Who I am and why Pilgrimage is important to me — and helpful for you ...

Multi-Six Figure Book Sales And The Power Of Daily Habits With Marc Reklau

How can small, daily habits make you more successful as an author? How can you use the 80/20 rule in your author business? How can you create multiple streams of income when you sell mostly print? Marc Reklau shares his tips in the interview. In the intro, my Kickstarter for Pilgrimage is live!; Spotify's promotion codes [The Hotsheet, FindawayVoices];...

Intuitive Writing And Book Marketing With Becca Syme

Do you sometimes just ‘know' when a story is right? Does something ‘click' during the writing process and suddenly things make sense? Do you lean into your curiosity and emotion when it comes to writing and marketing? If yes, you might be an intuitive writer, as Becca Syme explains in this interview. In the intro, Chokepoint Capitalism [Decoder];...

Why I Ignored Target Reader Feedback For My Pilgrimage Book Cover Design

How do you decide on a cover for a cross-genre book outside of your usual market? How do you balance feedback from potential readers with the emotional promise of the book? In this article, I go through the book cover design process for Pilgrimage: Lessons Learned from Solo Walking Three Ancient Ways. I've been working on this travel memoir/solo...

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