As writers, there are a tremendous number of resources available to help us learn everything from basic craft and grammar to marketing. Blog posts, classes, books, and more can overwhelm us with choices.
Some of us prefer to read, some prefer to do, and some prefer to listen. I’m always surprised how much knowledge I can absorb just by hearing it. That’s where podcasts shine. Chances are you can find a podcast on any subject that interests you. For example–well, never mind. We’d be here all day. (I’m also trying to convince the other Muses that a podcast would be fun to do).
So, for writing, I’m recommending six podcasts. Don’t let the titles fool you into thinking these are only for indie authors. topics include all aspects of writing and publishing from story ideas to process, from editing to marketing, and many of the guests on the shows are traditional or hybrid authors as well.
The podcasts are in no particular order. Most if not all are on iTunes and other formats as well.
Joanna Penn, The Creative Penn: Interview format. Her podcast is fantastic and her YouTube Channel is a great resource on all writing topics. Joanna provides a tremendous amount of resources on her website and shares what she learns as she moves forward in her own publishing career.
The Self-Publishing Podcast (Johnny B Truant, David Wright, Sean Platt), Sterling and Stone: They do some interviews, get in depth and real about process and marketing, and are open about their successes and failures. I’ve “known” Sean and Dave since they started their first blogs, back when I used a different name, and admire their work ethic and fan-based orientation. Warning for language. The Sterling and Stone Youtube channel has lots of fun tidbits.
Simon Whistler, Rocking Self Publishing: Interview format. YouTube channel is here. I like the questions Simon asks and the way authors open up and get specific. Always great information.
The Story Telling Podcast (Garrett Robinson, Crissy Moss, ZC Bolger, Scott Hamilton): writing topics from process, tips and tricks, to covers and publishing. Here’s the YouTube channel. Warning for language.
Buddy Gott, Buddy’s Writing Show: Interview format. This is a newer one for me but he’s already interviewed writers I like on a personal level (Dave Wright, Melissa Donovan, etc). He also has a fantastic beard.. His YouTube channel is here.
Late addition: I recently started listening to the Self-Publishing Roundtable, but wanted to hear at least 15 casts before recommending them. I have, and I do. Hosts vary but include Carl Sinclair and Wade Finnegan, Trish McCallan, John Ward, and Kevin Michael. Interview format. YouTube channel here.
Do you have a favorite podcast centered on some aspect of writing and authorship? Please share in the comments. We’re always looking for good resources.