12 Invaluable Podcasts for Writers, Freelancers, Editors, and Bloggers
November 20, 2017
Yin Chang interviews authors, literary agents, and more about their professional experiences with writing and the publishing industry. Expect personal advice and stories about life, careers, and writing. Some notable interview guests include Jay Asher, R. J. Palacio, Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas, Jenny Han, Barry Goldblatt, and many more. If you’re looking for an upbeat, inspiring writing community, 88 Cups of Tea with Yin Chang is where you want to be!
This is basically a Kurt Vonnegut book club. Hosts Alex Schmidt and Michael Swaim read a Vonnegut novel and come together to discuss it for the podcast. It has all the fun and meat of a book club without the inconvenience of actually showing up to book club or forgetting to bring the snack.
Ed Gandia (The Wealthy Freelancer) gives advice on on to improve and diversify your income as a freelance copywriter. With over 14,000 subscribers, Ed really knows what he’s doing, so it would behoove you to listen.
In this podcast for self-improvement junkies, Australian writers Kelly Exeter and Carly Jacobs take on topics ranging from time management to the hidden load at home. Carly’s and Kelly’s wit, insight, and warmth make self-improvement interesting. The Straight & Curly community provides you with emotional support and encouragement as you try to become a better person, whether you want to get more sleep, produce less waste, or just learn more about Australian usage. Their delightful Australian accents are a bonus!
Authors Vanessa Carnevale and Kimberley Foster interview writers and other publishing professionals to learn about their career development, processes, advice, and inspiration. This podcast is great to listen to while you work, as it takes up enough brain space to entertain you but not so much that you can’t concentrate on work. The stories the podcast guests share show that the experiences and problems of published authors aren’t particularly different from your own.
Working screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin share tips and tricks about writing screenplays and how to break in as a writer in that field. They also have a huge library of old episodes you can listen to for a small monthly subscription fee. You can also expect interviews with some notable scriptwriters.
7. The Poscast
Technically this podcast is about baseball and other sports, but one of the hosts is Michael Schur, TV writer and creator of shows that include Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Good Place. The hosts also have a fun recurring segment where they “draft” items in strange categories. If you want to know the best road signs, salty snacks, or board games, check this one out. Enjoy some sports talk and more.
Jenna Kutcher is an award-winning wedding photographer that gives fellow freelancers valuable tips and tricks for mastering social media and blogging. If you keep up with Jenna, you can catch up with all the changes and trends in social media marketing. If social media and blogging intimidate you, squash that fear flat. Jenna’s got you covered.
Sarah Werner shares insights on writer life that gives fellow writers the encouragement and tools they need to write daily and publish their work. She also interviews other writers and shares their stories and how they approached the writing process. It’s always comforting to know that others out there understand your struggles and have advice that can help you.
10. Well Storied
Kristen Kieffer shares audio versions of her blog posts about the writing process, various publishing options, and more. She shares valuable information about all aspects of crafting the perfect story, so you can’t deny yourself this free resource.
11. Writing Excuses
If you’re a fan of Brandon Sanderson, Howard Taylor, Dan Wells, Mary Ann Mohanraj, Mary Robinette Kowal, Piper J. Drake, or Wesley Chu, then you should’ve been listening to this podcast yesterday. Each episode features a mixture of these authors sharing their insight on a particular aspect of writing, editing, and publishing. There are already 12 seasons, so there’s bound to be an episode or two that will answer your questions about writing.
12. Grammar Girl
If you haven’t used Grammar Girl as a resource yet, do it. Like her website, the Grammar Girl podcast gives writers “quick and dirty tips” in conveniently packaged episodes and answers our most burning questions, such as “Should you capitalize “the Force” from Star Wars?” Many of the episodes are under 10 minutes long, so you can get in, get out, and get on writing.
What are some of your favorite podcasts? Let us know in the comments!