A list of podcasts for writers organised by focus. If you know of any you’d like to see on the list, please leave a comment. (Note: my use of hyphens may appear inconsistent, but I have followed the conventions of the podcast creators.)
Craft & Editing
These podcasts focus primarily on the craft of writing and the editing process, but also touch on publishing concerns such as querying editors and agents.
My favourite podcast! Weekly, highly on-topic episodes of around 15 minutes. Hosted by traditionally published authors Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells, featuring occasional guests. From their website: ‘Our goal is to help our listeners become better writers. Whether they write for fun or for profit, whether they’re new to the domain or old hands, we have something to offer. We love to write, and our listeners do, too.’
Hosted by author K.M. Weiland, this podcast is all about inspiring writers, craft issues such as character development, outlining, structuring, and editing your prose.
Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and Tim Grahl, ‘struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.’
In very short episodes, the guys from The Self-Publishing Podcast (see below) answer author questions and provide tips and insight for writers.
Covers writing and editing dialogue, developmental and structural editing, NaNoWriMo survival, line editing, pacing, character development, and much more.
Join Leslie Watts and Clark Chamberlain as they provide authors with the skills needed for self-editing. From their website: ‘Ahoy authors! Come aboard and get ready to find the treasure in your manuscript.’
Authors Zach Bohannon and J. Thorn bring you a podcast ‘discussing all things in the world of horror’.
Author J. Daniel Sawyer helps you take your writing from hobby to profession. Get your writing questions answered on this podcast.
Podcasts focusing mostly on indie (self-) publishing and marketing, but may also touch on craft.
Nearly 300 episodes covering ‘interviews, inspiration and information on writing and creativity, publishing options, book marketing and creative entrepreneurship’.
Consists of 3 podcasts: Ask ALLi with Orna Ross and Joanna Penn; ALLi Insights with Orna Ross and industry experts; and Indie Author Fringe.
Via much witty banter and plentiful swearing, full time indie authors Johnny B. Truant, David Wright, and Sean Platt talk about their publishing methods: what’s worked and what’s proved to be a cluster f*ck. They explore everything related to indie publishing and how to make money along the way. From their website: ‘This isn’t artsy talk — it’s “authorpreneurial” business strategy that turns self-publishing from sideline into a rewarding career.’ You’ll also learn more than you every wanted to know about ayahuasca.
Suitable for both new and seasoned indies, Mark Dawson and James Blatch ‘give you insights into what’s working and what isn’t in the fast changing indie world’ through interviews and practical tips and ideas.
Simon Whistler hosts these hour-long podcasts, interviewing successful self-published authors to find out how they made it in indie publishing so that others can learn how to do it, too.
This unique podcast brings you the latest news from the world of indie publishing, as well as selling and marketing techniques.
Join Jim Kukral as he interviews top indie authors and shows you ‘how to use your book as the most powerful business card you’ll ever have’.
Arguably the most user-friendly self-publishing platform, Kobo brings you a podcast focusing on the craft and business of writing, with tips and publishing insights.
From their website: ‘The Author Marketing Institute is a big believer in the power of podcasts to assist authors with inspiration and learning about how to sell and market their books.’
From their website: ‘Weekly interviews with authors, self publishers and others…’