There are lots of podcasts out there designed to help you in your writing and self publishing journey. Here are some that I listen to myself on a weekly basis.
The Creative Penn Podcast with Joanna Penn
If you haven’t got time to listen to half a dozen different podcasts every week, then The Creative Penn Podcast with Joanna Penn offers the best all-round value. Joanna is an author of thrillers and non-fiction books and her podcast will keep you up to date on important news in the self publishing world. She does great interviews with her guests, asking pertinent questions, and the people she has on the show are always well-informed and often inspiring.
The Self Publishing Podcast with Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant and David W. Wright
This podcast is highly entertaining although the presenters frequently veer off-topic. But if you’ve got time to listen to it, The Self Publishing Podcast offers some real gems. For me, the best episodes are where they talk about their writing processes, dealing with problems and their approach to creativity. Best to listen with headphones though because the language is often extremely blue!
The Self Publishing Formula with Mark Dawson and James Blatch
The Self Publishing Formula is a relatively new podcast and it’s excellent. Mark Dawson is the author of the hugely successful John Milton thriller series and James Blatch is a former BBC news journalist and aspiring writer. James brings his BBC training to the fore in the interviews which are relaxed, focused and informative. Mark is also an expert on Facebook advertising and is happy to share his results with the audience.
The Story Grid Podcast with Tim Grahl and Shawn Coyne
Shawn Coyne is an editor with over twenty-five years’ experience in fiction publishing. Tim Grahl is an expert in book marketing who is turning his hand to fiction writing and is using Shawn to help him avoid the pitfalls. Shawn’s expertise lies in what makes a good story, why do some stories work better than others and what are the obligatory scenes for different genres. Although a lot of the conversations are very specific to Tim’s early drafts of his novel, nevertheless the lessons are universal.
The Smarter Artist with Sean Platt, Johhny B. Truant and David W. Wright
If you want to benefit from the collective wisdom of Johnny, Sean and Dave without spending huge amounts of time each week listening to the Self Publishing Podcast, then I recommend that you try their Smarter Artist series. Each episode is only a few minutes long, usually less than five minutes, and addresses one question only. Unlike SPP, this podcast is safe to listen to without headphones!
The Sell More Books Show with Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen
With its three Tips of the Week and Top Five news stories, The Sell More Books Show keeps you up to date with events in the self publishing industry. The presenters stay focused and episodes usually run to about forty minutes. There’s always a Question of the Week and listeners are encouraged to submit their responses to the show’s website. A selection of listener responses are read out the following week.
Book Launch Show with Tim Grahl
Short and easily digestible episodes in which Tim Grahl explains his methods for launching bestsellers. Tim offers good advice on what to do at different stages of your career. He also answers listeners questions in special Q&A episodes.