Jul 19, 2013

Tune in to Podcasts for Writers

While Emily loves her tunes, I prefer podcasts.
I'm a big fan of podcasts. I listen to them while I'm doing menial tasks, walking, catching public transport, driving and sometimes even while I sleep. I can't get enough.

What is a podcast? Put simply, it's an audio file that you can download to your mp3 player (most phones will play podcasts). Most of the quality podcasts are structured very similar to a radio broadcast or a seminar recording, but you can listen when it suits you. I first came across podcasts on education when I was studying to become a high school teacher and I've been hooked every since.

If you're new to podcasts (you can find a lot on iTunes, or go straight to the websites), here the ones I enjoy listening to:

Author Katie Davis hosts Brain Burps About Books as a "fly on the wall" show. It's all about the business of children's books: publishing, creating, promoting, and writing them.
* Katie's enthusiastic approach is addictive. Love Brain Burps.

Covers all things writing, from tips and resources to industry information and guest author, editor and agent interviews. Podcast host, author, and speaker Genny Heikka, and tech expert, illustrator and kidlit writer Aaron Robbins, share stories from their own writing journeys and discuss the real challenges and opportunities that arise in the pursuit of becoming an author.

Interviews, Inspiration and Information on Writing, Publishing Options and Book Marketing. Hosted by Joanna Penn

Write Out Loud
Interviews with new and experienced authors, editors, literary agents, publishers, and everyone in between. 

Adventures in Sci-fi Publishing
Interviews, panels and seminars on the world of science fiction publishing and writing.

Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

Welcome to the Odyssey Podcasts. These podcasts are excerpts from lectures given by guest writers, editors, and agents at the Odyssey Writing Workshop.

Covers branding, agents, managers, networking, pitching and writing for features, tv, webisodes, video games, procedurals and reality.

I should probably recommend this one with a warning -- the first time you listen, you'll wonder why anyone would tune into this bunch of fellows complaining, swearing, self-promoting and laughing at private jokes. That's what I thought, but now I can't wait to tune in again.

Radio National put all their top ABC radio programs up as podcasts, so if you miss them when they're live, you can still download them! So many to choose from, but Books + and Books and Arts Daily are my pick.

Litopia Radio were one of the first podcasts I listened to all about the publishing industry. They focus more on any controversy in the news and legal issues with publishing. Last time I tuned in there was a strange political rant.

Industry news and interviews in the world of Penguin

Author interviews.

These podcasts feature a variety of author interviews, many including Australian authors.

Advice on craft and technique. Episodes are like attending a workshop on writing techniques.

Writers on Writing is a weekly radio program produced and hosted by author Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, with co-host Marrie Stone.

Videos of author talks and seminars

Every writer should have access to this website! Any grammar quesiton answered.

Ok, I know this is not on the craft of writing, but these are seriously good hypnosis recordings. Get help relaxing, relieving stress, sleeping, inspiring creativing, being more confident and much more.

Also not about the craft of writing, but excellent tips on marketing and social media use.

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  1. Thanks for the info about the podcasts! They sound interesting. Have you ever heard of the free podcast on iTunes called Meet the Writers, with Steve Bertrand as the host? I don't know if he still does the interviews, but a few years ago he interviewed tons of writers, including Sophie Kinsella, Dave Barry, David Sedaris, Jhumpa Lahiri, and several others. It was fascinating to listen to them talk about the writing process.

    1. I haven't come across that one, but I'll definitely check it out now! There are a few other great ones, but alas, they no longer keep their content up to date.

  2. Wow, what a list! I listen to podcasts sometimes while working on art, but I've never heard of any of these writing-related ones before...

    1. What I think I like the most about podcasts is that they're like talk-back radio, but without the annoying nobs who ring in.

  3. Thank you for the information about the podcasts! They sound really very interesting. I love to listen to them and talk about the writing process.

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  4. Thanks for the list- checking some out right now.

  5. Great list, thanks. Hope there's room on my mp3 player.

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  6. Wow! Wonderful links! I'm looking them up now!

  7. Something I may also do at some stage when I have mastered the technology. Thanks for the suggestions.

  8. For some reason, I've always been too lazy to check out podcasts, but now I'm feeling inspired to. Maybe I should try them during workouts.

  9. Wow, I never knew there were so many! I need to pick one and start listening.

  10. Thanks for sharing about all these podcasts. Which one to listen to first?

  11. Never really got into them, because I automatically associate headphones with music - can't have one without the other. ;)

  12. A great list, but as you know, at this stage, I'm not into audio at all. I'm definitely a reader, not a listener.