Do you listen to podcasts?
They’re a great way to learn more about creativity, productivity and writing on the go, during your commute or while exercising.
They’re also exploding in popularity, with Apple claiming last year that it surpassed one billion subscriptions for podcasts in iTunes.
I mostly listen to these podcasts in the car or while out and about using Pocket Casts.
In this blog post, I round up five great podcasts for writers.
1. The James Altucher Show
Earlier this year, he started the James Altucher Show, a podcast where he interviews various high-profile authors, business people and entrepreneurs.
James is the only podcaster I’ve listened to who talks like he writes (that’s a compliment).
He recently interviewed self-publishing sensation Hugh Howie, who wrote the popular Wool sci-fi saga.
If James’s interview with Hugh doesn’t inspire you to self-publish, nothing will (except, well…keep reading).
2. The Lede
Copyblogger is the web’s authority on content marketing, and their team knows more than a thing or two about telling great (non-fiction) stories.
Although Copyblogger is widely know for its blog and ebooks, the Lede is a weekly, short-form podcast about digital content, marketing, creativity and writing.
It’s hosted by Demian Farnworth and Jerod Morris.
In this four-part special, Demian and and Jerod discuss:
- the value of content curation
- how you can curate content
- where they (and Copyblogger) get their ideas from
Their podcast inspired this post!
3. The Creative Penn
Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn is an excellent resource for writers who want to self-publish. And she also happens to be a New York Times bestseller.
She’s also an accomplished podcaster who spend time interviewing authors and reporting on the industry.
Ryan is an impressive researcher and marketer, and in this interview, he explains to Joanna:
- Why he prefers pen and paper over digital tools for research
- What the author mindset looks like
- How he crafts stories
- What success looks like
- What the future of publishing looks like
4. The New Yorker
The New Yorker publishes less frequently than the other podcast shows I’ve listed here. Once a month, they invite a high-profile author in to read and discuss a short story.
A recent favourite is Akhil Sharma’s reading of The Night in Question by Tobias Wolff.
Although I was familiar with both authors, I hadn’t read The Night in Question before.
It’s a disturbing and gritty story, and it’s one Akhil is afraid of (seriously).
5. Self-Publishing Podcast
The Self-Publishing Podcast is hosted by Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt and David W.Wright.
The three authors discuss their works, how to self-publish a book and each other. Of all the podcasts here, this one is the most amusing. The trio regularly go off script, swear at each other and bemoan their lack of research.
Their podcasts are longer than most (Kleon’s interview clocks in at 1hour 45mins!).
That’s long for a podcast, but it’s worth listening to. The podcast inspired the trio to launch a self-publishing project on Kickstarter, which you can read about at Fiction Unboxed.
What are you favourite podcast for writers? Have I left any obvious ones out?
Please share them below.