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Best Podcasts for Authors

The Best Podcasts for Writers

Best Podcasts for Authors

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

Where to Start

How to get in the zone and stay in it with Tom Evans

Q&A on writing, self-publishing and book marketing with me, Joanna Penn

Stop Worrying, Start Writing. How to Overcome Fear and Self-Doubt with Sarah painter

Author Email List and Newsletter Tips with Tammi Labrecque

How to Write a Novel in a Month #NaNoWriMo with Grant Faulkner

 

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

Where to Start

What’s Working Right Now: Amazon Ads

How to Turn a Struggle into a Strength

Stop Worrying and Start Writing

The Seven ‘P’s for Publishing Success

How to Run an Indie Author Business

 

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

Where to Start

Living the Writing & Editing Life with Valerie Francis 

All About AudioBooks with Will Dages from Findaway Voices

Craig Martelle on Successful Indie Author Release Strategies

Recognizing Success in Failure with Sarah McVanel

A Buffet of Writing Advice with Patricia McLinn

iTunes   Website


The Sell More Books Show

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

Where to Start

Facebook Video, Christmas Romance, Keywords A Plenty

Advances, Outlines, and Ebooks vs. Hardbacks (with Kirsten Oliphant)

Keanu Reeves, Author Privacy, and 700 Words a Day (with Becca Syme)

Superfans, AI, and Choose Your Own Audio

Echo Reminders, Creative Joy, and Shifting Your Mindset

 

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).

Where to Start

Making Your Blacklist Work for You with Zoe York

Storytelling with Waubgeshig Rice

How to Stay Relevant with an Authentic Online Presence with Rachel Van Dyken

How to Sustain a Successful Writing Career with Jill Shalvis

Best Practices for Indie Writers with David Wind

 

iTunes   Website


Helping Writers Become Authors

Hosted by K.M. Weiland

Description

If you like actionable and practical advice on the craft of writing given in concise bite-sized nuggets, this podcast for writers is for you. Produced three times a month, no episode runs longer than 20 minutes, but within that time, K.M., and award-winning and internationally published author, offers in-depth knowledge on everything from planning the length of your novel to writing dialogue. After a decade of life, Helping Writers Become Authors has an extensive backlog to dig into and keep you learning for days and weeks to come.

Why Authors Will Love It

K.M. Weiland breaks down the complexities of the writing, publishing and marketing industries into concise easy to follow nuggets of information. You’ll learn from three new episodes put out each month, as well as ten years worth of archival material on everything from writer’s block to creating your own custom writing process that works for you.

Length

20 minutes

Where to Start

Are You Struggling to Be Creative? This Might be Why.

How to Create the Perfect Writing Process for You

Plot, Character, and Theme: The Greatest Love Triangle in Fiction

How to Study Plot and Character in Your Favorite Stories

9 Tips for How to Write Opening and Closing Lines Readers Will Love to Quote

 

iTunes  Website


Writing Excuses

Hosted by Multiple Hosts

Description

With the catchy slogan of, “fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart,” this podcast promises a humorous, concise look at various writing topics, and is produced every week with each episode lasting an average of, you guessed it, fifteen minutes. This podcast for writers is structured by “seasons,” and is now on its 14th. Beginning with season 10, each going forwards season covers a new writing topic for the entirety of the season, such as “The Elemental Genres,” and this season’s, “Character.”

Why Authors Will Love It

Authors will love diving deep into the topic of the season, almost like having your very own masterclass on the subject. With each episode lasting just 15 minutes, you will get the best of the best in informative, efficient morsels of information. 

Length

20 minutes

Where to Start

Rules of Writing Excuses

Seriously, Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Continuing Education for Writers

Developing Your Own, Personal Style

Marketing 101 for Creators

 

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

Where to Start

Behind the Scenes in Publishing

How to Write a Conclusion. ‘Rebut’ or Refute’?

Interviewing, Story Structure, and Writing Tools with Jonathan Small

Tips for Fact Checking. Why We Use the Term ‘Watershed Moment.

How and Why the Internet Is Changing Language

iTunes

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

Where to Start

The Author Hustle with Shaunta Grimes

Writing Routines

Celebrating Your Accomplishments

Story Inspiration

Habit Hacking

iTunes  Website

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

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13 comments on “The Best Podcasts for Writers
  1. Nice list! I have tweeted….We would love you to have a listen to WriteClubThePodcast.com sometime! Or find us on itunes, stitcher or radiopublic. Thanks!

  2. J Thorn and Zach Bohanon recently launched “The Career Author Podcast.” It’s very good and informative, and in my weekly rotation of podcasts to listen to.

  3. Self Publishing Journeys, hosted by Paul Teague is full of tips and advice for indie authors, and has excellent interviews with other writers.

  4. Great list – I knew most of these but not all, so thanks for the heads-up! If you’re on the look-out for nonfiction podcasts, and specifically business books, for a future list, do consider The Extraordinary Business Book Club: http://extraordinarybusinessbooks.com/podcast-episodes/. I chat to authors of business books (and the occasional publisher, marketeer, futurist or someone with something interesting to say about how books work today!) and get them to lift the lid on how they wrote and how the book works with their business.

  5. Hello, WWM! Thanks for this great list. FYI, the Grammar Girl link takes us to a different podcast, one that hasn’t been updated for a few years. Thanks again!

  6. Suggest you check out Susan Friedmann’s Book Marketing Mentors. Helping authors get noticed — and smashing! Named one of the best podcasts of 2019 by Smartblogger.

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