If you need a break from writing, or are one of the exceptionally rare individuals who can write while someone else is speaking, then let me suggest these five podcasts as a way to break up your day. Some focus on the business of self-publishing, some on the technique of writing, some on the way to live a creative life. Most of them touch on those three areas at some point, but I find that I follow them generally for their primary stated purpose. Let’s face it, writers get gregarious when they start to talk.
One I never miss is the Sell More Books Show with Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen. Each week they summarize the most important news of the last seven days in independent publishing (which admittedly is often part of a larger trend involving traditional publishing as well), and I always find something useful to take away from the show. Kukral is the founder of AuthorMarketingClub.com, which has some delicious offerings for independent authors who can afford them, and Cohen is known for the books he writes on creativity, his ability to write book blurbs, and his newest toe dip into fiction. You can find him at BryanCohen.com,
If you’ve been around the indie world for anytime at all, you’ve probably run across the Self-Publishing Podcast with the Sterling & Stone boys Johnny B. Truant, David Wright, and Sean Platt. I say “boys” simply because I’m an old man, but in fact, these guys have been pounding out some great things for a few years now, and I’ve found their advice is generally timeless, but they have a gift for sloganeering that leaves the simple truths ringing in my head. Think: Write. Publish. Repeat. Iterate and Optimize. Not only book titles, but great advice.
You can’t miss Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn Podcast either. She discusses everything from publishing to marketing and has guests who are more than happy to share their insights on the genres they write in and how to get there from here.
Recently I’ve been listening to Justin Sloan’s Creative Writing Career Podcast. I actually reached it through a different podcast he was doing with Kevin Tumlinson and Nick Thacker which has, apparently ended. Tumlinson and Thacker have their own podcasts as well, which I catch as time allows. Sloan’s podcast, in fact, often leads me to other writers that I wish to compare with, or borrow techniques from, not just in writing, but also in managing a writing career. Very good stuff here.
Which brings me to the fifth must-listen podcast, Simon Whistler’s Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast. This one has been around for a while, and it’s always been entertaining as well as informative. Like Sloan’s podcast, this one is built on a spine of great interviews with people who are doing things in self-publishing. I always try to fit this one in during the week.
Now, are these the only good podcasts out there for indie authors? Not by a long shot. I didn’t mention The Story Grid Podcast with Shawn Coyne and Tim Grahl, or The Self-Publishing Formula Podcast with Mark Dawson, or The Author Biz Podcast with Stephen Campbell which are some of the better known. Nor did I mention many individual author podcasts because I have my genre and you have yours. But I guarantee some author in your genre is there to help you with advice. So if you have a hour or so a free ear time this week, try out one of the podcasts above, and remember, stay safe out there.