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Book Review 95: The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn

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Digital Publishing has spawned the rise of the indie author movement over the past several years.  As a result, there is a lot of books these days about how to become a successful indie author and how to make a living with your writing. However, there are only a few of those books dealing with the author’s mindset.  Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn Podcast and author of the popular, supernatural Arkane thriller series has delved into her own writing journey to produce The Successful Author Mindset.

The Successful Author Mindset divides into three parts: potential issues will you face while writing in Part 1, deals with publishing for the first time and to grow as author upon each release in Part 2, and how to have the correct author mindset for a successful long-term career in Part 3.  Each section, Penn shares her personal journal entries to give readers much needed insight on how the creative process for an author works.

Penn has written other author/entrepreneur books like Business for Authors, Successful Self-Publishing, and How To Make a Living With Your Writing, but I believe The Successful Author Mindset is her best book to date.  She provides a surprising level of depth and honesty on what it took for her to become a successful author.   I recommend that all authors (especially indie authors) get this book and add it to your library.  It will become a book to read and re-read as you navigate your own author careers.

 

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Book Review 94: Deep Work by Cal Newport

“Great creative minds think like artists but work like accountants.” (David Brooks) “When you work, work hard. When you’re done, be done.” Those two quotes from Deep Work by Cal Newport summarizes my feelings toward this excellent book. Newport introduces deep work as to counteract the distracted world we live with in the social media… Continue Reading

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Book Review 82: The Introvert Entrepreneur by Beth Buelow

Introvert Entrepreneur seems like an oxymoronic term.  Can an introvert really be an entrepreneur?  Well, Beth Buelow makes an excellent case for it in her book titled with the same term. I heard about Beth Buelow from one of my favorite podcasts, The Creative Penn, when she was interviewed by Author-Entrepreneur Joanna Penn. That interview… Continue Reading

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Book Review 70: For Love or Money by Susan Kaye Quinn

“Writing challenges me to discover who I am. Publishing challenges me to remember it.” “You have to work like crazy, be smart, somehow invest every particle of emotion into the book itself, but then fling it out in the world and be ruthlessly pragmatic about how to sell it.” Those two quotes (of many that… Continue Reading

Book Review 58: Discoverability by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The Indie Publishing movement of the past half-dozen years has changed the course of the publishing industry. Publishing books have become a lot easier thanks to eBooks, Amazon, and other Print-on-Demand (POD) publishers.  Would-be-novelists (like myself) that have tried to break into Traditional publishing have finally found an avenue to get their works out to… Continue Reading

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Book Review 45: All God’s Children & Blue Suede Shoes by Ken Myers

What is pop culture? That’s the one question I’ve always wanted to get a definitive answer to in all of my adult life. Well, I believe I have found a book that attempts to give me that answer. All God’s Children & Blue Suede Shoes by Ken Myers explores the relationship between Christians and Popular Culture.… Continue Reading

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Book Review 44: Gray Matters by Brett McCracken

“Christians have a hard time with nuance, gray areas are not out strong suit.” “Discernment is a tricky business, much more complicated than a checklist or matrix of black-and-white criteria. And it begins on the inside, with an awareness that while discernment is a virtue we should all aspire to, it doesn’t look exactly the… Continue Reading

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Book Review 19: The Christian Imagination edited by Leland Ryken

I wrote a review for Imagine by Steve Turner and said that book along with the Bible and a couple of others that every Christian who loves the arts and literature should have in their library. Well, I’m adding The Christian Imagination edited by Leland Ryken to that list. This book presents and argues effectively… Continue Reading

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