What Podcasts I Listen to as an Author

May 20, 2017

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and this week I was even mentioned on one of my all time favorites! (It was a bucket list moment.) So I wanted to round up all of the podcasts that I listen to as an independent author to help authors in keeping up on industry developments and book market trends.

The Creative Penn Podcast

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This is my absolute, all-time favorite podcast. Joanna Penn is a self-labeled creative entrepreneur. Author, podcaster, blogger, and extraordinary business woman, Penn is adept at delivering the latest publishing news, relaying insights into futuristic stuff, and sharing her personal writing journey as an independent author. Penn also conducts interviews with industry experts every week, and I can honestly say with empirical evidence that this podcast has made me money! That’s the only podcast I can say that of (so far). I’ve made significant changes to my author platform using tips from Penn and her interviewees that have made a real difference in my sales numbers. If you listen to no other podcast, listen to Penn.

The Sell More Books Show

This is a new one for me, but I’m already finding value in it. I discovered Bryan Cohen from Penn’s podcast as she interviewed him recently. I thought I would check out his own show co-hosted with Jim Kukral. These guys get to the heart of positioning yourself in the crowded publishing market as it stands today. I’m definitely looking forward to listening to more of their show and catching up on back episodes.

The Self Publishing Podcast

One of the things I enjoy about being an independent author is running my own business. I admit it. I like it. There is a lot of extra work involved that I wouldn’t have to bother with if I just handed over my manuscript to a publishing house, but I think I would honestly miss it. And I get to retain all my rights as an independent author so…  In this podcast, authors Johnny B. Truant, David Wright, and Sean Platt discuss the ins and outs of self publishing. They provide insight on how to be a better author, but more importantly, how to be a better independent author. They’ve also written the book on the topic.

The Bowery Boys

I am a firm believer in the need to refill the creative well. For that reason, I religiously listen to this podcast on the history of New York. I’ve just started a new series set in Gilded Age and 1920s New York, and in my research phase, I discovered this podcast. However, it’s so good I continued to listen to it long after I finished the manuscript I was actively working on for this series. Definitely find a podcast to fill your creative well and listen while your doing mundane choirs like the dishes.

Your turn – tell me what podcasts you listen to as an independent author (or reader!).

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