Hi. My name is Shelly. I am a podcast addict. I listen to them in the car, while I cook, while I sew, and sometimes when I pretend to watch Frozen for the millionth time with my daughter.
I listen to podcasts on crochet, sewing, romance novels, travel, parenting, and #girlboss. When I did Camp NaNoWriMo in July 2018 I had the crazy idea to look up some writing podcasts. I wasn’t ready for the rabbit hole I fell into.
There are podcasts that are geared towards mom writers, beginner writers, and writers who want to be prolific.
They answer any questions you could possibly come up with.
- Should you publish wide or narrow?
- Traditional or self publish?
- How to network online or at a conference.
- How to market your book.
- What is the best place to spend your ad dollars?
- Interviews with authors who will tell you what worked for them and what didn’t.
My Top 6 Podcasts for Writers – Right Now
Writer Mom Life
Writer Mom Life is awesome for writers with kids. Sure it is geared towards Moms but Dads can use all the info too. She interviews other writer moms and they cover everything from how they find time to write, how their sales are going.
My favorite was Episode 30 = Indie Author Basics – Pre-Production. She covers editing, cover design, formatting, building your audience, and a network of influencers.
Check her website for a free workbook to help you get going.
The Worried Writer
The Worried Writer is hosted by Sarah Painter. I love this one for so many reasons. I have a big problem with anxiety. I fight the good fight but it helps to know other people have the same problem and fought past it.
My favorite episode of hers is #45 Rachel Burton “Little and Often is the Key.” I am probably biased since I have dealt with Fibromyalgia for the last 20 years, but the message is good for anyone who needs a little push.
Book Launch Show is hosted by Tim Grahl. The focus of this podcast is helping writers have a successful book launch. He covers everything you can think of, like asking for blurbs from other authors, building your brand pre-launch, getting on podcasts, to what you need on your author blog.
My favorite recent podcast was ‘How to build a tribe.’ He talked about building a “following of diehard fans so that you don’t have to rely on an algorithm to find new readers.”
Smarty Pants Book Marketing Podcast is hosted by a mother/ daughter duo Chris and Becca. I love this show so darn much. Sometimes they talk about the topic between the two of them, sometimes they interview an expert. Either way it is going to be hilarious and informative.
It is hard to pick a favorite episode. I spent a few weeks listening to all of them in order starting at the beginning. It might be the series they did on BookBub ads.
The Misfit’s Guide to Writing Indie Romance is hosted by Adrienne and Eliza. They cover everything from first drafts to marketing just for romance writers.
I just discovered this one and I can’t stop talking about it. I love all the podcasts. All of them. But this one is special because it is focused on romance! I am going to go back and listen from the beginning but my favorite right now is where they talk about thier actual production schedules for novels. How can you not find that helpful?
Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach is obviously hosted by Ann Kroecker – who is a writing coach. She gives practical advice to help writers finish books and get them out into the world.
I never miss one of her shows. Even if you think ‘eh that one doesn’t apply to me’ you are wrong. It will apply to anyone who writes anything. If you ever thought about hiring a writing coach but can’t afford it yet, listen to her podcast. If you can then go hire her! I swear I would if I could.
Give me a few months and I will make another