Have you discovered the many podcasts for authors and writers yet?
Whether you’re interested in craft, publishing, or marketing or just want to listen to writers talking about writing, you’ll find a podcast that hits your sweet spot.
And for those who would rather read than listen, some podcasters even offer transcripts.
I’ve compiled this list of 19 of the best as a starting point for you. Try sampling a few; you might even get hooked.
For the sake of consistency, each link goes to the podcast’s iTunes page. I did that so you could easily see a list of recent episodes and topics.
Some of the podcasts have “show notes” for each episode; I’ve linked to those when they’re available, too. (At the website, click on the episode title to get the show notes.) Show notes are often an episode recap and links to resources and other specifics mentioned during the show. If there’s a transcript, you’ll find it in the show notes.
Here they are in alphabetical order.
On this program from New Hampshire Public Radio, writers reveal what it really takes to get pen to paper.
Three marketing types discuss Amazon Kindle publishing strategies and offer a variety of marketing tactics you can use to expand your book-based business.
Two publishing industry veterans talk all things books — what’s new, what’s great, and which ones they can’t stop talking about (and why).
This extension of the popular Grammar Girl website provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing.
Best-selling author K.M. Weiland offers help with summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose.
Winner of the Podcast Peer Award and the Parsec Award, this is a show about a writer going from wanna-be to pro. It focuses on the emotional road blocks in a writing career
Co-produced by Longform and The Atavist, this one’s a weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer about how they got their start and how they tell stories.
Deborah Treisman, fiction editor of The New Yorker, invites an author to select and read a piece of fiction published in The New Yorker. The two then discuss the selection.
Would you rather be writing more fiction than promoting? The goal of this show is to make book promotion fun and easy.
While not strictly for authors and writers, this podcast focuses on business tasks you need to master, including marketing strategies and list building with an emphasis on little-known but effective tactics. (Listen to my episode about marketing your book without using social media.)
Author and publisher Tom Corson Knowles interviews authors who are self , indie , and traditionally published to find out what’s working.
A best selling self-published author and a first timer explore the world of self publishing with a focus on actionable tips for new and experienced indie authors.
Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen help you discover the latest book marketing and publishing news, tools and strategies.
This creative writing and screenwriting podcast hosted by Cheryl Klein, James Monohan, and other guest co-hosts. They discuss storytelling tips and techniques of interest to any writer, student, or fan of quality creative writing, screenwriting, playwriting, fan fiction, English literature, and so on.
Three full-time authors explore everything related to getting your writing published and making money doing it using “authorpreneurial” strategies.
This podcast from Chris Syme focuses on how to sell more books and build loyal fans with social media. Chris is joined by bestselling indie author Becca Syme; together they talk to successful self-published authors and book marketing experts every week. (Listen to my episode about how to build buzz for your book.)
17. Writer 2.0
Hosted by A.C. Fuller, a former adjunct professor of journalism at NYU, this show uses interviews with authors, journalists, and publishing experts to cover writing, books, and the publishing industry.
18. Writing Excuses
Weekly episodes vary in length from 15 to 25 minutes. The seven hosts’ goal is to help listeners become better writers, whether they write for fun or profit.
Bestselling children’s author Katie Davis, director of the Institute of Children’s Literature, focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published.
Do you have favorite podcasts for authors and writers? Please provide the names in a comment. Thanks!
Tip of the Month
Are you using the “Freebooksy” Author Marketing App on your Facebook author Page yet?
It’s a free add-on that lets you add a one-click “buy now” button so fans can purchase your book from Amazon or any other site you choose. It sits in the left toolbar of your Page; when visitors click on it, they see your author profile, your books, and any signings you have scheduled.
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Learn more at the Freebooksy website.