5 great podcasts for self publishing authors

As an aspiring indie author, I immerse myself in the author world on a daily basis. One of my favourite immersion techniques is listening to author podcasts. My daily dog walks allow me to enjoy and absorb plenty of author related content. I always feel really inspired and motivated afterwards!

In this blog I share my top 5 great podcasts for self publishing authors in the hope they will help you as much as they help/have helped me.

5 great podcasts for self publishing authors

1) Self Publishing Journeys

Indie author Paul Teague shares his life as a part time writer through weekly diary episodes, as well as occasional author interviews. Refreshingly honest and straightforward, Paul talks openly about his struggles and successes as the author of both fiction and nonfiction books. Sticking to his carefully planned writing schedule come what may, Paul has recently planned and executed a rapid re-release of his back catalogue of novels. His approach to this is extremely methodical and organised (which pleases my similarly logical brain no end). As a self proclaimed “finisher completer”, Paul is such an inspiring role model to all aspiring and established indie authors. Although Paul is currently taking a break from the podcast, there’s a huge collection of past episodes to enjoy!

Paul’s set of three podcasts detailing his indie author positives, negatives and aspirations, to celebrate his 150th episode (27th April 2019), were particularly interesting and jam-packed full of excellent tips, advice and inspiration.

2) The Self Publishing Show

The introductions between best selling indie author Mark Dawson and first time author James Blatch often have me chuckling. Featuring interesting and informative interviews (often with big name authors including Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt and Clare Mackintosh), as well as informative episodes (covering a variety of topics including marketing, advertising and the craft of writing), this podcast is an indie author goldmine. In particular, the Booklab episodes are amazing. They feature a deep dive constructive assessment of a chosen indie author’s writing, cover design and blurb. Episode 170 (3rd May 2019) is the most recent.

3) The Creative Penn

If you want to know exactly what is happening in the indie author and general publishing world, as well as what may be on the horizon for the future of publishing, The Creative Penn is a must listen. Added to that, Joanna Penn’s voice is so cheerful and uplifting!

Featuring independently hosted episodes mixed in with interviews, I particularly loved ‘From First Book to a Multi Six Figure Writing Business: 10 Years of The Creative Penn (3rd December 2018). This long standing podcast is a fascinating insight into the life of a hard working indie author living the dream!


4) The Honest Authors Podcast

Hosted by Holly Seddon and Gillian McAllister, this podcast is a relatively recent discovery for me, despite already being in its third series. Already a MASSIVE fan of Gillian McAllister’s books, I  have become an instant fan of Holly too, particularly her newest novel ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

The friendship between the two authors is evident in their informal conversations about their respective, relatively recent, ‘traditional’ author journeys. Despite not being self published authors, this podcast feels like being given permission to eavesdrop. There are so many takeaways for writers planning to self publish too!

As well as chatting about their author careers so far, Gillian and Holly also answer questions from listeners, interview guests and occasionally invite author pitches for feedback. I find a lot of their content about author anxieties particularly relatable!

5) The Worried Writer

I discovered this podcast after host Sarah Painter appeared on The Self Publishing Show’s podcast. Her voice is so soothing! Hybrid author Sarah mixes author interviews with stand alone episodes offering practical advice for overcoming mental barriers to writing and publishing based on her own experiences. A self confessed worried writer, Sarah’s book Stop Worrying; Start Writing is available now too!


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