In The Creative Shift with Dan Blank, I interview writers and artists who have doubled-down on their creative vision. I delve deep into how they moved from merely dabbling with ideas to becoming a doer — someone who creates, finishes, and shares their work.
Take the Creative Risk (podcast)
Today I want to remind you of something incredibly important: you get to choose. You get to choose if and how you create. You get to choose if and how you publish. You get to choose if and how you share. I want to share two stories of people taking a bold creative risk, and … Continue reading "Take the Creative Risk (podcast)"
Feeling stuck? Define your values. (podcast)
Recently, I was speaking with a writer who described feeling stuck. They were in a rut, believing in the work they do, but just demotivated on a day-to-day basis. This conversation resonated with me for many reasons. If you are a writer or creator who sometimes wonders if you are in burnout, if you are … Continue reading "Feeling stuck? Define your values. (podcast)"
Art lasts… (podcast)
Today I want to talk about why we create and share. This is something I meditate on all the time, and it is why I work with writers. This week in particular I’ve been thinking about it a lot because I heard of the death of one of my favorite musicians. As I considered his … Continue reading "Art lasts… (podcast)"
Will 10,000 followers get you a book deal? (podcast)
I have heard versions of this from many writers over the years: “An agent told me that if I had 10,000 followers, they would sign me.” Is that true? I don’t think so. Largely, I think this number is entirely made up. What agents and publishers may instead be seeking is a writer’s ability to … Continue reading "Will 10,000 followers get you a book deal? (podcast)"
Why take the risk of sharing? (podcast)
If you are a writer, why bother sharing? Why spend your time and energy sharing on social media, starting a newsletter, or vying for attention at all? Sharing is a risk. Yet, I find that sharing what we create and why opens up the possibility for so many good things. I believe that sharing deeply … Continue reading "Why take the risk of sharing? (podcast)"
A 6-Step Guide to Publishing a Bestselling Book (podcast)
Today I want to share a step-by-step guide to publishing a bestselling book. There are just 6 steps, and I will be clear about each one. As a model for this guide, I am going to use one of all-time favorite stories of creative success. Please bear with me here… I want to use the … Continue reading "A 6-Step Guide to Publishing a Bestselling Book (podcast)"
Having coffee with a person oriented marketer
That’s how it feels listening to Dan’s podcast, like he’s sitting across the table from you sharing 15 or 20 years of experience. A debunks, conventional wisdom, and talks like a normal person about normal connections and normal relationships and normal marketing. Yes, I’m an old fart, but I love his approach and it’s some thing I can do.
Always a new insight
I love this podcast. Dan’s conversations with artists of all stripes consistently provide numerous takeaways and always go deep. I look forward to listening every week!
Inspiring and Practical
These conversations are an extraordinary resource for authors. The case studies are especially useful, providing real world application of marketing principles. An education on authorship in a rapidly changing publishing landscape!