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Writing Podcasts Worth Listening To

by: Brittany Lawrence

Are you still feeling secluded? Are you at home trying to improve your writing, but not sure where to turn? Here are a few ideas to keep you going.

From Apple, Spotify, Castbox, to Anchor, there are dozens of platforms for you to explore. With topics ranging from lawn care to auto specs. People share their thoughts and expertise like never before.

How does this help the writer? So many ways!

If you’re writing about a topic you’re not familiar with you can now turn time spent on chores into a learning experience from a pro. Or, if you’re starting to market your own work; start your own podcast! Discuss your books and processes. Cross market with fellow writers for even more exposure. Talk about your struggles, or your pets. No matter the topic, your fans will eat it up.

Below is a short list of podcasts geared toward writers of every level.

Happy Listening!

Podcast

Writer Nation

PPW member Jenny Kate has conversations with writers, publishers, bloggers, agents and more. Discussions cover every aspect of writing from business plans, book launches, and social media, to plotting, worldbuilding, and editing.

Jenny is active on most social media outlets including, Twitter and Facebook.

The Functional Nerds

Functional Nerds is a weekly podcast (airing on Tuesdays) from author/blogger Patrick Hester (PPW member) and author/teacher Tracy Townsend focusing on science fiction and fantasy media: television, film, comics, and new media such as fan films, audio dramas, online animated comics and more, technology, gadgets and all things Apple as well as music and the occasional video game.

Ask The Bards

Authors Kevin Hearn and Delilah S. Dawson discuss writing, publishing, and answer questions from twitter with honesty and healthy dose humor.

You can find them active on Twitter @DelilahSDawson & @KevinHearne

Ink Feather Podcast

Lauren Zurchin, fantasy and sci-fi author interviews a broad range of both self and traditionally published authors.

You can find her on Twitter and Facebook in her private group.

Print Run Podcast

Agents Laura Zats and Erik Hane, discuss the industry happy hour style.

They also have a Patreon, a paid subscription, where they go in-depth on queries, and manuscripts submitted anonymously.

You can find them on Twitter, Facebook, and their website.

KT Literary Podcast

Agent Renee Nyen hosts KT Literary’s podcast. Here she discusses writing, the industry, and interviews fellow agents and authors.

You can find KT Literary on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and their website.

The Writer’s Market Podcast

You read that right, Writer’s Market has their own podcast! Robert Lee Brewer and Brian A. Klems discuss queries, agents, and all things publishing.

You can find them both on Twitter at @robertleebrewer and @BrianKlems

Beyond the Troupe

“Nerds and geeks unite! BEYOND THE TROPE was a writing podcast before we expanded into general nerdiness. Tired of snobs telling you that pop culture is rubbish? Join us in our crusade to push back in force! We explore the deeper side of pop culture, from science fiction and fantasy to cosplay, RPGs, comics, and writing.”


Brittany Lawrence

Brittany A. Lawrence has seventeen years of writing experience under her belt. From self-publishing her first novel at fourteen; to contributing to Felt Tips an erotic anthology, her writing experience is vast. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and tortie, Midnight. You can find her writing as B. A. Lawrence on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pintrest.

Reach Your Audience with a Podcast

How many ways do you have to reach your target audience? Facebook, Twitter, YouTube videos, Instagram, Pinterest, blogging. What about podcasting?

Several years ago, I sat in a podcasting class with Patrick Hester at Pikes Peak Writers Conference. He made it sound so fun and easy. It wasn’t long-form blogging or creating videos of myself; it was talking to other people – something right up my alley.
Took me some time but last year I decided to give it a go.

(Let me say this first: I do NOT advocate using every single outlet open to you to reach an audience. I’m a big advocate of utilizing one or two social media outlets, a website and whatever content you enjoy creating (blogs, videos, memes, etc).

Here’s what I did:

I created Writer Nation, a community of writers helping each other through their writing journey. With 17+ years of communications experience, I want to provide writers with a place to get some answers. You can ask me questions about marketing, or ask the group questions about anything, and it’s all free. To go along with it, I started the podcast by interviewing my writer friends. The idea was to build a platform where writers can talk about their journeys, hardships, triumphs and show other writers, they aren’t alone.

• Some of these writers haven’t published a thing
• Others are multi-published
• Some of the interviews are with industry professionals to give advice to writers
• If you are interested, you can absolutely be a guest on Writer Nation.

The following Pikes Peak Writers have been guests:

o Kameron Claire
o MK Meredith
o Deb Courtney
o Mandy Houk
o Shannon Lawrence
o Chris Mandeville (episode posting soon)

I love it, and here’s why I think you should at least be a guest or start your own podcast:

  • First of all, I get to talk to my friends. I also get to meet new friends. And who doesn’t love meeting new people and talking about themselves?
  • Second, it’s less intrusive than video, so folks seem more comfortable.
  • Third, it’s an up-and-coming format with room for anyone right now.
    ~~There are only 520,000 podcasts available as of early 2018 compared to 18M blogs or 50M YouTube Channels uploading more than 300 hours of video every minute. Last year, 73M Americans admitted to listening to podcasts at least monthly, and that number keeps rising. The odds are in our favor.*
  • Finally, check out this stat… the average commute in the United States is 24 minutes long, and most of those commuters admit to listening to audiobooks, the radio or podcasts during that time. That’s a long time for a listener to get to know you. The average YouTube video is 4 minutes. With podcast, you can be in someone’s space for eight times that long. And guess why people buy books? Because they like the author! Let them get to know you.

Are you convinced yet? Even if you aren’t convinced to start a podcast, I highly recommend you reach out and be a guest on a podcast. (Writer Nation is always looking!). Hosts need guests, and if you are launching a book, series, publishing company, whatever, take advantage of the reach of podcasts.

If you want to start a podcast, here are the steps I recommend:

  1. Narrow your niche. What do you want to podcast about? If it’s your books, awesome. Make it about your characters, your settings, your process. Not about writing in general. There are enough of those. Make this about your world.
  2. Define your format. Mine is interview. There are several types, but consistency is best.
  3. Buy a mic…a good one. I use a Snowball and it cost less than $100
  4. Use Audacity software. It’s free, and it’s easy to learn. They have a YouTube channel to help even the most editing illiterate.
  5. Find a host. I use Blubrry. It’s super easy and pairs up with a WordPress site seamlessly. *Here’s the deal with hosting. There is no podcast social media site like YouTube is for videos. You can’t upload a podcast file directly to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. It’s one of the reasons why podcasts aren’t as prevalent as videos, and why, with just a little effort, you can get a foot in.
  6. Start podcasting. Don’t worry about not having an audience or 100 episodes. Just enjoy it and post it.

For a list of podcasts I recommend for writers, click here.

*Stats from Nielsen 2018 Q1 report came out March 20, 2018.


Jennifer Lovette HerbransonJennifer Lovett Herbranson is the founder of Writer Nation, a podcast and Facebook group dedicated to helping writers market their work. She has been a member of PPW for many years and has volunteered countless hours from here and abroad.