Podcasts for Writers

Podcasts can be a powerful way to learn about the craft and business of writing. Here are a few podcasts for writers in my subscription library. I’d love to hear what you’re listening to and learning from!

Your Best Writing Life—Linda Goldfarb hosts this podcast that is an extension of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. This interview-style podcast offers insights from experienced authors as well as publishing and marketing experts. Like the conference that sponsors this podcast, it offers a fantastic mix of inspiration and practical application.

Novel Marketing Podcast with Thomas Umstattd Jr.—You don’t have to write fiction to benefit from this podcast. I first heard Thomas talk about writing on the Your Best Writing Life podcast. After his interview with Linda Goldfarb, I immediately subscribed to his Novel Marketing Podcast. Before Thomas was a podcaster, author, course creator, and book marketing expert, he was a political campaign consultant who used his skills to influence the polls. He puts his considerable experience to use these days by training authors. His educational episodes include interviews with authors and publishing industry experts as well as focused training on relevant topics for authorpreneurs.

Writing at the Red House with Kathi Lipp—I found Kathi through Michele Cushatt, whom I found through Michael Hyatt. (My point with that trail is to show you how connected this world can be and to get you to consider how you can use that connectedness to your advantage as you build your writing career.) After listening to her podcast for many months, I joined her Writing at the Red House Collective—a coaching program for writers—because I wanted to learn even more from her. Kathi’s podcast includes interviews with authors, agents, editors, social media experts, and content creators. (She also talks about her chickens and her dog, Moose, which I find endearing.)

The Creative Penn with Joanna PennJoanna’s podcast was one of the first I subscribed to. Her format includes publishing news, personal reflections, interviews, and training. I’ve learned a lot from Joanna, who writes nonfiction books for authors as well as fiction thrillers. It was from this podcast that I began to understand what it means to be an authorpreneur.

The Wealthy Speaker Podcast with Jane Atkinson—As the title suggests, Jane’s podcast is about speaking, but communication skills translate. The considerable overlap between writing and speaking makes this one worth checking out.  

The Professional Writing Podcast with Laura Christianson—Having heard Laura on another podcast recently, I’ve added this one to my library. I’m looking forward to learning from her.

What are your favorite podcasts for writing or professional development?