I’ve been listening to podcasts for the last couple of years, and they are now part of my weekly routine. I started with mindfulness podcasts, but I then started listening to true crime and paranormal podcasts and writing-related podcasts. And the writing-related podcasts is what I want to talk to you about today.
I use an app called Player FM, which you can download for free from the Play Store, to listen to the podcasts. However, you can listen to the podcasts on Spotify or any other podcast playing app.
So, let’s get to it—here are the writing-related podcasts I listen to:
The Creative Penn Podcast for Writers
Joanna Penn hosts The Creative Penn. Joanna is an indie author who writes best-selling non-fiction for authors under the name Joanna Penn and thrillers with a hint of the supernatural under J. F. Penn. She’s also an award-winning creative entrepreneur and a podcaster.
The Creative Penn Podcast episodes are posted every Monday. The podcast has publishing (indie and traditional) news, interviews with other writers and publishing individuals, inspirational and information on writing and creativity, publishing tips, book marketing advice and how to be a successful author/creative entrepreneur and so much more.
I enjoy this podcast. Joanne is so positive and joyful that after listening to her, you feel like anything is possible — she also loves visiting cemeteries, so that’s another plus for me. She often talks about the possible future of publishing, which can help you to prepare for the future.
Writing Excuses has many hosts, but Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells and Howard Tayler are the primary hosts. Fantasy, horror and science fiction are the genres the primary hosts write in, which makes it an ideal podcast for me.
This podcast is for writers by writers, and in each episode, they aim to discuss a single writing-related topic in fifteen minutes. However, most episodes are between fifteen and twenty-five minutes long.
In the podcast, they talk about a range of writing-related topics from drafting to the business side of a writing career. Even though short, you learn a lot from each episode, and there’s often a homework task set at the end of each episode for listeners to do.
When I listen to this podcast, I always feel like I’m sitting in a room with a small group of writer friends and chatting about the writing life. And even though the hosts are successful writers in their own right, they don’t have a you-can’t-sit-with-us attitude. So, if you like a laid back and funny approach to writing, this would be the podcast for you.
The Write-Minded Podcast is hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month. Brooke is the publisher of SparkPress, and She Writes Press, a TEDx speaker and a writer. Grant is the co-founder of 100 Word Story and the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and a writer.
In the weekly podcast, the hosts offer real (but inspirational) talks about the writing life. Each episode is theme-focused and features an interview with an author, writer or publishing industry professional.
I have learned a lot from this podcast, from dealing with fear to how to pursue a traditional book deal. If you like listening to interviews, this is the podcast for you.
The Self Publishing Show
The Self Publishing Show is hosted by Mark Dawson and James Blatch. Mark is a best-selling indie author of the John Milton thriller series, and since becoming successful at marketing and selling his books, he uses his knowledge to teach other indie authors to do the same. James, who is a former BBC News journalist, represents the beginner novel writer who is working towards achieving the same success Mark has.
The show hosts explore the world of self-publishing for new and experienced indie authors.
I’ve only recently started listening to this podcast, but so far, I have found it useful. For example, there was a series of podcast episodes about creating newsletters, which I found helpful, and I’ll use the tips I learned in those episodes to create my own newsletters.
Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire
Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire is hosted by Mindy McGinnis. Mindy is the author of multiple novels in a range of genres, including historical, fantasy, contemporary and gothic thriller.
In each podcast episode, Mindy interviews an author about a certain topic or their writing journey. The podcast topics include the writing craft, the hunt to get an agent, all about the publishing industry and marketing your books.
This is another new podcast for me, but her ‘Traditional or Indie? Why Choose? Author Katee Robert Finds Success with a Foot in Both Worlds’ episode is what introduced me to the idea of becoming a hybrid author. So, yeah, I’m glad I found this one.
So there you have it, the writing-related podcasts I listen to. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Have you listened to these podcasts? Or do you have any writing-related podcast recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.
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