5 great podcasts for self publishing authors

Author podcasts are a great way to learn about the ins and outs of the self publishing industry. As an indie author myself, I immerse myself in them on a daily basis. My daily dog walks allow me time to enjoy and absorb plenty of publishing related content. I always feel really inspired and motivated afterwards!

In this blog I share my top 5 great podcasts for self publishing authors. I 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 full time writer through weekly diary episodes. 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 achieved something all indie authors dream of – hitting 5 figure monthly book sales! His newest nonfiction release ‘The Five Figure Fiction Formula‘ details his strategies to success. His approach to writing and marketing his books 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.

Season two of the podcast has just begun and there’s a huge collection of past episodes – weekly diaries and author interviews – to enjoy in season one. 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) Next Level Authors

Next Level Authors is a relatively new podcast hosted by two brilliant indie authors – Sacha Black and Daniel Willcocks. Sacha and Dan joined forces to create ‘Next Level Authors’ alongside hosting their own individual podcasts. Every Tuesday they share what they’ve been working on during the week, as well as what steps they plan to take to level up their author businesses in the coming week. This podcast is so interesting, informative and entertaining – the hosts both have a fantastic friendship and engaging  personalities!

(As bonus recommendations, Sacha’s podcast is The Rebel Author Podcast, and Daniel’s podcast is Great Writers Share Podcast.)

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 self 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 ‘Reflections On A Decade Of Self-Publishing With Joanna Penn And Orna Ross‘. With new episodes every Monday, 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 has just finished its fourth series. Already a MASSIVE fan of Gillian McAllister’s books (including the brand new ‘How to Disappear‘), I become an instant fan of Holly’s books too, particularly her latest novel ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and her upcoming release ‘The Hit List‘.

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. She offers 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!


Thank you for reading 5 great podcasts for self publishing authors. Please let me know if you have any other author podcast recommendations!

If you found this blog helpful, you may also be interested in these indie author related posts:

How to easily write a nonfiction synopsis

5 easy ways to make your first novel better!

7 common mistakes to avoid in your manuscript

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