[This post was originally published on 02/11/2016. It was updated on 3/20/18] 

What better way to stay close to your craft than by listening to a podcast about writing and publishing while you’re on the move. Here are the best podcasts for writers, as vetted by the Written Word Media Team. Yes, this means we listened to them all to make sure they were deserving of your valuable time 😉


The Creative Penn

The Creative Penn

Hosted by Joanna Penn

Description

This informative podcast is chop full of interviews, inspiration, information on writing and creativity, publishing options, book marketing, and stories of creative entrepreneurship.

Why Authors Will Love It

Joanna is a successful author herself. She is smart, super interested in technology and innovation around publishing and provides an insightful and helpful perspective on self-publishing. Her guests are heavy-hitters in the industry: Russell Blake, Mark Coker, Jane Friedman, to name a few. A must-listen for writers on all ends of the spectrum.

Length

60 minutes

iTunes   Website


Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula

Hosted by Mark Dawson and Jame Blatch

Description

Need some inspiration? Check out Mark Dawson’s weekly podcast offering interviews with million-selling indie authors, tech geniuses, and industry pros to give listeners the best insights on a variety of topics in the self-publishing world. Don’t miss frequent Masterclass episodes where Mark expands on specific topics such as social media advertising, mailing lists and getting reviews.

Why Authors Will Love It

Get actionable tips on how to start earning revenue from book sales and understanding income reports from different campaigns. Sign up to be a patron of the show to receive VIP listener status and exclusive bonuses.  

Length

60 minutes

iTunes   Website


Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Hosted by Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Description

With more choices and options than ever before in self-publishing, it can be difficult to decide what path is best for your books. Host Mark Leslie Lefebvre offers authors knowledgeable advice to help them forge their path in the publishing world and presents interviews from pros in both the traditional publishing and indie-publishing communities.

Why Authors Will Love It 

Enjoy conversations centered around creativity, writing, and publishing with leading industry experts. This podcast will help you to make more informed decisions about your promotional plans and keep you up to date on the ever-changing landscape of self-publishing. Host Mark Leslie Lefebvre offers his own insights from over 25 years of industry experience as well as his own personal experience running KDP promotions.

Length

35-60 minutes
iTunes   Website


Helping Writers Become Authors

Hosted by Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen

Description

Want to Sell More Books? The self-publishing landscape is constantly growing and changing, it can be hard for independent authors to keep up! The Sell More Books Show is focused on helping authors of all experience levels stay up-to-date with the latest trends, news, and tools in the publishing world.

Why Authors Will Love It

Get insider tips on advanced bookselling strategies. With a backlist of over 200 episodes, authors will find detailed information on KDP royalties, social media sharing, industry ethics, gaining reviews and so much more. Listeners will also enjoy giveaways and weekly show notes.

Length

50-70 minutes

iTunes   Website


Kobo

Kobo Writer’s Life Podcast

Hosted by Christine Munro

Description

A podcast about the craft of writing, the business of writing, digital publishing, self-publishing and traditional publishing!

Why Authors Will Love It

With over 50 episodes to choose from, Kobo Writing Life’s podcasts are timeless in their appeal and information. Christine interviews bestselling indie authors (Barbara Freethy, Michael Connelly, Marie Force) and industry professionals that help you understand the services and communities that exist for indie authors (Wattpad, IBPA, NaNoWrimo).

Length

iTunes   Website


Smart Author Podcast

Hosted by Mark Coker

Description

Writers of all experience levels will value tips in the basics of eBook publishing to more advanced topics in book marketing. The Smart Author Podcast is presented by the founder of Smashwords, Mark Coker and offers a step by step guide for authors to get their books noticed and desired by readers.

Why Authors Will Love It 

This podcast helps self-published authors of all experience levels promote their eBook like a pro by offering industry tips, trends, and best practices. Get the most out of the series by listening to this podcast from Episode 1 forward, and check out detailed show notes and transcripts at smashwords.com/podcast.

Length

20-60 minutes

iTunes  Website


The Story Studio

Hosted by Sean Platt, David Wright, Johnny B. Truant

Description

Creatives wear many different hats day-to-day and Sterling and Stone offers inspiration for every facet of your writing journey. Authors will find fresh and entertaining episodes focused on meaningful storytelling, self-publishing, and making a living from your art. Hosted by innovative writers that have a passion for helping authors navigate creating and selling their work.

Why Authors Will Love It

Authors will love Sterling & Stone podcasts because there is an episode on every topic imaginable. One of our favorite podcasts in this series is The Story Studio where authors can learn to improve story structure and rediscover their passion for storytelling.

Length

30-60 minutes

iTunes  Website


Self Publishing School

Hosted by Chandler Bolt

Description

A great podcast for motivated authors that want to write a book, launch it, and grow a 6-figure income. Learn what it takes to successfully launch a book with interviews from successful authors like Gary Vaynerchuk, Pat Flynn, Grant Cardone, Lisa Nichols and Russell Brunson. Packed full of effective and non-traditional self-publishing tips.

Why Authors Will Love It

Get insider tips and hear conversations from pros about their experience starting out in the publishing world. You can also take advantage of the free webinar on how to publish your book in 90-days.

Length

45-60 minutes
iTunes  Website


Authority Self Publishing

Hosted by Steve Scott, Barrie Davenport, Ron Clendenin

Description

If you are a publishing a book on the KDP platform you will love this podcast! Get detailed advice from author marketing experts Steve Scott, Barrie Davenport, and Ron Clendenin as they cover Amazon Kindle publishing strategies that can be integrated quickly to grow your book-based business.

Why Authors Will Love It

Authors can catch this podcast twice a week for the latest news in indie publishing. This show offers in-depth interviews with knowledgeable industry leaders and detailed outlines of each show on their website. A great resource for beginners and as well as established self-published authors.

Length

20 – 40 minutes

iTunes  Website


Grammar Girl

Hosted by Mignon Fogarty

Description

Grammar Girl is an entertaining and short podcast that dives into the meaning behind words. Host Mignon Fogarty has a love for learning and offers memory tricks to reinforce word choice guidelines and help you follow confounding grammar rules.

Why Authors Will Love It

Mignon breaks down basic and advanced grammar tips, punctuation rules and word origins that you can instantly apply to in your writing. Also, learn to avoid embarrassing grammar and punctuation errors that spell check tools won’t save you from. Episodes can be enjoyed by writers and novice wordsmiths alike, so you can enjoy this podcast with friends and family!

Length

10-15 minutes

iTunes

Do you have a favorite we left off? Please share your favorite podcasts for writers in the comments.

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