Listening to podcasts can be a really fun and informative way to fill those times you’re busy doing other stuff. Things like cooking, taking a shower, working out, driving, sitting on the bus/subway, etc.
For writers and readers, these are the best podcasts I’ve found. I listen to each of these every week. I also listen to business podcasts – Tropical MBA and Foolish Adventure – and a dubstep music show.
As you can see, I’m a fan of podcasts. I’ve learned so much over the years, which is why I recommend them to people.
Writing & Publishing
The Creative Penn Podcast – Joanna Penn, or J.F. Penn to readers, is the host of this great show. Joanna’s an engaging Brit who has written 9 books, three of which are non-fiction.
The show is a classic format of news and updates followed by an author or professional (editors, etc.) interview. Topics include branding, book design, writing fight scenes, marketing, character development and more. With 174 episodes (as of 1/20/14), you’re sure to find something that will help you out. [Website | iTunes | Twitter]
— Tim Moon (@TimDMoon) January 16, 2014
Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast – This is the newest addition to my podcast subscriptions. I first heard about Simon’s show when he was on the Self-Publishing Podcast. I’m really glad I went over and checked out his stuff because it’s really useful.
One of my favorite episodes is Episode #12 with Harry Dewulf, an editor. Very, very helpful stuff. An interesting tidbit about Simon is that he does ebook narration, which is pretty cool. Hopefully we’ll see him on ACX soon. [Website | iTunes | Twitter]
The Self-Publishing Podcast – The SPP is a lot of fun. Dave, Sean, and Johnny have a good chemistry and every show is a surprise. Sometimes they go on tangents, and by sometimes I mean at some point during every episode, but they’re either informative or entertaining so it’s no biggie. You don’t want to listen to the SPP at work or around kids.
Like Joanna’s podcast, these guys are all writers. I’ve read Unicorn Western (Full Saga), Fat Vampire #1, and Vengence and have really been impressed by their work. I’ll be diving into Yesterday’s Gone soon. Heads up for writers, they’re cyborgs churning out an ungodly number of words. Don’t get down on yourself for doing 1,000 or 2,000 words per day.
— Tim Moon (@TimDMoon) January 10, 2014
— Tim Moon (@TimDMoon) January 9, 2014
Helping Writers Become Authors Podcast – K.M. Weiland, author of both fiction and non-fiction, shares extremely useful tips in short, actionable episodes. She discusses things like character arcs, character archetypes, plot twists, editing and more. If you only have a little time or you want to get straight into writing tips, this is the podcast for you. [Website | iTunes | Twitter]
Books & Reading
Book Riot – This podcast is aimed squarely at readers and they hit their mark well, especially if you read mostly big name authors. For example, if you’re a fan of Dan Brown, you will have found kindred spirits.
I like to hear their discussions on books, which are insightful. They uncover a lot of cool news items too. So be sure to check them out. BookRiot‘s website is a treasure trove of book and literature discussions. [Website | iTunes | Twitter]
Any podcasts you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments.