Indie Publisher & Digital Entrepreneur
Author of the Amazon bestselling ARKANE series and the non-fiction bestseller Career Change.
For three years running, Joanna’s site, www.TheCreativePenn.com has been voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers, and is listed as one of the Top 10 sites for self-publishers.
Joanna is a full-time author, professional speaker and digital entrepreneur, who spent 13 years as a business IT consultant in large corporates across the globe before becoming a full-time author-entrepreneur in 2011.
Some testimonials from Joanna’s other speaking events:
“Joanna Penn is a Rollerblading Kickfighting AK47 brainstorm!”
Marc Lawrence, WriteCon Zürich 2012
“Joanna is the Energiser Bunny of writing, publishing and book
marketing.” Michelle Beck, Orbis-marketing.com
“Amazing, amazing talk by @thecreativepenn at LBF – real actionable advice for authors."
Brian Felsen, BookBaby
“I was amazed at how much was covered in a couple of hours. And how somehow Joanna managed to give the big picture overview as well as all the nitty gritty tips and recommended links. And above all, she gave me confidence to give it a go!”
Patricia van den Akker, Thedesigntrust.co.uk
“Brilliant! Jo has amazing energy and expertise. This was a complete value for money day giving all the great shortcuts any aspiring author could need. I am a raving fan!”
Rachel Fairweather, www.jingmassage.com
"Joanna is in the business of turning dreams into reality. With her practical advice and extensive knowledge, you can’t go wrong.” Tammie Day
“Joanna is a content rich speaker and it’s well worth investing your time and money
to attend her author training. I now understand blogging and how it makes a difference.”
The Literary Platform
publishing developments at key global events.
These include: TOC New York, the Frankfurt Book Fair, Bologna Book Fair, Editech Milan, British Council Crossing the River conferences in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Electric Bookshop Edinburgh, FutureBook Innovation Workshop, London Art Book Fair and Alphaville at Whitechapel Gallery.
She is a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communications MA in Publishing and at UEA’s MA in Creative Writing.
In 2011, Sophie was part of a working group at NESTA looking at the impact of digital on SME Publishing Group, and she was a judge for the New Media Writing Prize
. She is currently a Trustee for the Arvon Foundation and is on the Advisory Committee for World Book Night.
The Literary Platform is an organisation and a magazine website looking at the crossover of books and technology. Founded in 2009, it has since worked with the Royal Society of Literature, the National Literacy Trust, Random House, Pan Macmillan, Faber and Simon & Schuster on digital projects.
On The Literary Platform:
“An inspiring browse around some of the innovative and collaborative experiments taking place in the exciting physical-to-digital realm.” Michelle Pauli, The Guardian
“The Literary Platform has put together one of the most interesting programmes for a digital publishing event to date.” The Bookseller (FutureBook Innovation Workshop)
“Less industry focussed than other websites devoted to this subject, the articles posted thus far are thought-provoking and wide-ranging.” Kate Pullinger, Writer
“A great digest of the best digital literary happenings.” Chris Meade, Book Futures
“The Literary Platform is a website after our collective story-loving hearts, covering the brave new world of modern story-telling on multiple platforms, in multiple formats.” The Gatekeeper’s Site of the Week, Canongate
for morning Forum and Lunch with Sophie