What do you call a group of 3 or more adults under 40? (a podcast)
Podcasts are now so widespread that they inspired me to write the above joke, but that prevalence is also a curse. There are so many podcasts in production right now that it can be difficult to find one with a focus on the topics that interest you.
With that in mind, over the last month I have been looking for podcasts that cover book publishing. I have so far found
ten nineteen podcasts, and gathered them into the following list. (Fun fact: I have been a guest on two of the podcasts, and have also been mentioned on at least five of them.)
This has been an interesting project for me because it helped me refine my thinking on podcasts. As I see it, there are two ways to classify podcasts: industry and topic. The difference is that some podcasts cover a topic that applies to many industries, while others focus on several topics within a single industry.
Almost all of the podcasts listed below are industry podcasts, not topic podcasts. These are great podcasts, but one way topic podcasts may be better is they will introduce you to ideas from other industries, possibly inspiring out of the box solutions to your problems.
If you are looking for more podcasts to follow, that is worth keeping in mind.
|Wordslinger||Kevin Tumlinson||2 to 3 episodes per month||Kevin Tumlinson talks to authors and entrepreneurs to get their behind-the-scenes story. Tune in to a full hour of wisdom and insight from some of the most intriguing people on the planet. It's all about the story here.|
|The Creative Penn||Joanna Penn||weekly||Information, inspiration and interviews on writing, self-publishing, book marketing, and making a living with your writing.|
|SF&F Marketing||Lindsay Buroker, Jo Lallo, Jeffrey Poole||weekly||Interviewing and Learning from Successful Authors.|
|Sell More Books Show||Jim Kukral, Bryan Cohen||weekly||Authors, are you struggling to get the word out about your books? Discover the latest book marketing and self publishing news, tools and strategies. Every week you'll get helpful tips and ideas to make your book sales soar.|
|Frontmatter||Len Epps||weekly||In the Frontmatter podcast authors talk about their careers and their areas of expertise, making it a general interest podcast covering everything authors write books about, from startups to biology to software development and the future of labor.|
|AskALLi||varies||weekly||The “AskALLi Self-Publishing Advice Broadcast" is a rotating series of four monthly podcasts crafted to help you cut through the noise to get only the most up-to-date and important self-publishing advice.|
|Self-Publishing Formula||Mark Dawson, James Blatch||weekly||Two writers. One just starting out. The other a best-selling indie author. Join James Blatch and Mark Dawson and their amazing guests as they discuss how you can make a living telling stories. There’s never been a better time to be a writer.|
|Smarty Pants Book Marketing||Chris Syme, Becca Syme||2 to 3 episodes per month||The podcast that helps authors make sense of all the social media marketing options out there and gives practical tips on how to sell more books and build loyal fans with social media. Based on award-winning marketer Chris Syme's 20+ years in marketing and bestselling indie author Becca Syme's self-publishing journey, the show features successful self-published authors and book marketing experts weekly.|
|Hear Us Roar||Maggie Smith||weekly||Each Debut Author Podcast is a conversation between our moderator Maggie Smith and a debut women's fiction author.|
|Rocky Mountain Writers||Mark Stevens||weekly||Interviews with members of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and those involved in RMFW conferences, workshops and other writing-related events. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers seeking publication in commercial fiction.|
|First Draught||Alexis Anne, Mary Chris Escobar, Julia Kelly||monthly (on hiatus since February)||First Draught is a monthly internet talk show all about writing. Alexis Anne, Mary Chris Escobar, and Julia Kelly put out a brand-new episode on the first Tuesday of every month. Along with special guests, they cover everything from craft to career to writing life in both traditional and indie publishing.|
|Written on the Edge||Jayne Lockwood, SA “Baz” Collins, Vance Bastian||weekly||Tune in for weekly discussions about LGBTQ storytelling in all genres and mediums. Our guests share personal accounts on living the artistic life and their personal experiences writing, crafting, and reading stories that explore the edges of what's accepted and where storytelling should be headed.|
|Self-Publishing Authors||Cheryl Phipps, Trudi Jaye, Shar Barratt, Wendy Vella||weekly||Cheryl Phipps, Trudi Jaye, Shar Barratt and Wendy Vella are four writers (romance & urban fantasy) from New Zealand who podcast weekly about self-publishing. Especially for those new or curious about self publishing, our podcast is full of full of tips, resources and honest tales from the trenches!|
|The Story Studio||Johny, Sean, Dave||weekly||Stories turn songs into symphonies, events into memories, and lives into legends. In our crowded world, “knowing your story” cuts through the noise so you can make your mark — whether you want to sell more books, increase profits, or just make a difference. At Sterling & Stone, Story is our business. The Story Studio Podcast is where we explore ways we can all tell our stories better.|
|Self-Publishing Journeys||Paul Teague||weekly||The Self Publishing Journeys podcast is a weekly show for all indie authors. Show host Paul Teague interviews self- published authors about their writing journeys, passing on hints, tips and tricks along the way.|
|So You Want to be a Writer||Valerie Khoo, Allison Tait||weekly||Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing blogging and publishing. Whether you love the creative inspiration of Elizabeth Gilbert, the life-hacking non-fiction of Tim Ferriss or the phenomena that is JK Rowling, you’ll find it here.|
|The Worried Writer||Sarah Painter||monthly||Hear how bestselling authors such as Mark Edwards, Miranda Dickinson, C.L. Taylor, Mel Sherratt and Julie Cohen write, and follow their top tips for getting the work done.|
|The Authorpreneur||Amelia D. Hay||weekly (?)||The Authorpreneur Podcast is a virtual writing and business coach for fiction writers, hosted by Amelia D. Hay. The podcast will teach you how to develop a story idea, create compelling characters and outline your novel. Learn how to write your first draft, revise your story, self-publish, establish your author platform, and reach readers in less than fifteen minutes a day. Every week, Amelia releases a Behind the Scenes Podcast Diary (BTS) where she shares an honest account of her journey to self-publishing her novels.|
|Begin Self-Publishing||Tim||biweekly||The Begin Self-Publishing Podcast is your one stop guide to how to produce a book that you can sell. We cover eBook, paperback and audiobooks and also how to market your book using social media and other marketing methods.|
|Create If Writing||Kirsten Oliphant||weekly|
Kirsten Oliphant interviews experts to find out how they are building email lists, connecting through Twitter, and using Facebook groups. These practical episodes are balanced out with inspirational interviews from successful writers and bloggers who have made it big and want to share the struggles, the creative process, and tips for reaching your goals whether you are an author publishing books or creating an online presence through blogging.
|The Bestseller Experiment||Mark Stay, Mark Desvaux||weekly||oin author and screenwriter Mark Stay with coach, entrepreneur and recording artist Mark Desvaux, as they discover the secrets to writing a bestseller and challenge themselves and you to write, market and self-published a bestselling book in just one year. Each week, they are guided by and interview million-selling, chart-topping authors, publishers on the inside, editors, agents, social media specialists, and many more big names who play a part in the bestseller process. From the writing to marketing, plotting to publishing, learn the secrets to help you write your way to the top of the charts.|
|Writing Excuses||varies||weekly||"Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart."|
|Author Stories podcast||Hank Garner||weekly||AUTHOR INTERVIEWS, WRITING ADVICE, Several published per week.|
|Kobo Writing Life||varies||weekly||The Kobo Writing Life Podcast features exciting interviews with bestselling authors, tips on the craft and business of writing, and advice for successfully self-publishing. Millions of readers are waiting to discover your book - self-publish today at www.kobo.com/writinglife|
|OtherPPL||Brad Listi||weekly||OtherPPL features in-depth interviews with today’s leading authors, poets, and screenwriters.|
|The Book Marketing Show||Doug Chesson||weekly||Each episode is a case study covering a specific book marketing or sales tactic, featuring a guest who has firsthand experience selling books using that strategy.|
|Beautiful Writers Podcast||Linda Sivertsen||monthly||Each episode features an interview. Topics cover in-depth insights on the writing and publishing processes, from breakout successes to authors with staying power, featuring inspirational personal anecdotes, advice, and encouragement.|
|I Should Be Writing||Mur Lafferty||monthly||Tthis podcast focuses on providing encouragement, writing tips, and publishing advice to aspiring authors via success stories from authors releasing new books. The interviews focus on the goal of achieving traditional publication, so they only feature traditionally published authors.|
|The Manuscript Academy||Jessica Sinsheimer||biweekly||Features interviews with agents and editors, who share plenty of behind-the-scenes publishing insights. It’s part of #MSWL (Manuscript Wish List), which helps authors more effectively connect with agents and editors seeking projects like theirs, and includes plenty of query tips for authors looking to sign with an agent.|
|Helping Writers Become Authors||K.M. Weiland||weekly||HWBA covers a variety of topics on the craft of writing — from creating characters to outlining novels to polishing prose — as well as getting into the creative mindset, being productive, and writing mistakes to avoid.|
|SPA Girls Podcast||Cheryl Phipps, Shar Barratt, Trudi Jaye, and Wendy Vella||weekly||A weekly podcast on indie publishing tips, resources, advice, and real-life case studies. Some episodes dive deep into a specific topic, but most feature interviews with successful self-published authors or industry professionals.|
|Write or Die||Claribel Ortega||weekly||Often times in publishing we only hear about the quick sales and overnight successes - but for most of us, publishing is hard AF! This podcast shares those stories - the real, gritty, pull your hair out because it’s been years - stories of writers who didn’t give up despite it all, and are now living out their dream.|
|Print Run||Laura Zats, Erik Hane||weekly||This podcast's aim is simple: to have the conversations surrounding the book and writing industries that too often are glossed over by conventional wisdom, institutional optimism, and false seriousness.|
|Shipping & Handling||Bridget Smith, Jennifer Udden||monthly||Join two literary agents as they discuss books, publishing, writing, fandom, and more!|
|The Creative Writers Toolbelt||Andrew Chamberlain||weekly||The Creative Writer's Toolbelt gives practical, accessible that you can apply straight away to your own writing. Each episode explores an aspect of the craft, with examples. We also throw in occasional interviews with writers, editors, marketers and other artists.|
|JoinedUp Writing Podcast||Wayne Kelly||weekly||The Joined Up Writing Podcast is for writers and readers alike. It features loads of great interviews with authors, editors, publishers and anyone else who can help and inspire you on your Writing or Reading journey. Our main episodes feature long-form interviews packed with fascinating stories and insight. Our shorter ‘Epilogue’ shows are quick-hit ten minute episodes based on a bonus topic or question not included in the main interview.|
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