Be Inspired by These 7 Author Podcasters for Indie Writers

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Podcasts by and for Authors by Frances CaballoIf you don’t listen to podcasts, you’re missing out on a real treat. Whether you’re cooking dinner, sweating on the treadmill, or commuting to work, you can always take along a podcast episode or two along.

What about blogs?

The Creative Penn Podcast

CreativePennPodcastButton_240x2402Blogs are great. But don’t forget that we are in a mobile, multi-media world, and you can use a variety of media (social media, blogs, videos, podcasts) to extend your message to your readers and listeners.

There are numerous author podcasters that you as an author might enjoy. Let’s start with my all-time favorite first: Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn Podcast.

You’ll find fresh podcasts every Monday. They include interviews, inspiration and information on writing and creativity, publishing options, book marketing, and creative entrepreneurship.

I love that before her interviews begin, Joanna always shares news and tips from the week, as well as what’s happening in her life. Her openings add a personal touch to the episodes.

You’ll find her podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and if you’d like to actually see her and her guests speak, you’ll find them on YouTube.


Authorpreneur by Jim Kukral is another podcast I enjoy. Jim interviews a variety of guests, covering topics A to Z of book publishing and marketing. He loves to talk to Indie authors who have sold tens of thousands of books, and more, and extract from them their top selling secrets. His podcast is not to be missed.

Reach More Readers

cover170x170Reach More Readers is another podcast I enjoy. If all you have is ten minutes available, you’ll be glad to know that D’Vorah Lansky keeps her shows short. Her guests share tips, tools and strategies to help authors find their readers and increase sales.

The Author Biz

Author podcaster and entrepreneur Stephen Campbell is the host of The Author Biz. He shares tips on the business of being a published author, similar to Kukral’s Authropreneur show. This is how Campbell describes his show,

Whether you are traditionally published, self-published or an aspiring writer, this weekly podcast will help you refine your skills as a writer, and as a business person. We want you to connect with readers and build your author platform so you can sell more books. You’ll hear from interview guests who are New York Times Bestselling authors, marketing and branding experts, and indie authors who top the Amazon charts.

Love Bacon?

cover170x170-2I also enjoy listening to Brian Basilico’s The Bacon Podcast.

Basilico is the popular author of It’s Not About You, It’s About Bacon: Relationship Marketing in a Social Media World, which he published in 2013. He first named his podcast Lead Magnet but didn’t get any traction. Since he changed its name to The Bacon Podcast, listeners have soared. He recently celebrated his 100th episode.

In my view, Brian offers real-world marketing and social media advice. You’ll see him on the author circuit due to the continued success of his book.

Author Audience

Although I haven’t yet listened to this podcast, Shelley Hitz recently launched her Author Audience podcast. She promises that each episode contains actionable training, spiritual inspiration and encouragement to help her listeners write, publish and market their books successful.

Grammar Girl

5494If you want to learn grammar, Mignon Fogarty’s The Grammar Girl is the podcast to listen to. Her short episodes are wildly popular and have catapulted her career.

Here’s how this author and TED Talk speaker describes her podcast,

Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.

Find her on Twitter where she has 270,000 followers.

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If you don’t usually listen to podcasts, now you have several to try.


Sell More Books with These Tips by Frances CaballoAbout the Author: I’m Frances Caballo, an author, podcaster and social media strategist and manager for writers. I’m a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference and have written four books including, Twitter Just for Writers, which is available for free here on my website. My focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. My clients include authors of every genre and writer conferences. You’ll find me every day on Twitter.


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