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I interview so many people on my own podcast that it is always weird to be interviewed on another show!
Simon Whistler from the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast asked me lots of deep and meaningful questions in his latest show, and I opened up a lot about my personal journey and what drives me to make creativity into a business. I was actually surprised at myself for how much I shared but hey, it's good to be honest and he's a great interviewer!
- Holly Lisle on the long term journey of making writing into a business, her disillusionment with traditional publishing and why she went indie
- CJ Lyons on hybrid publishing
- Russell Blake on writing really fast and how he runs his business
- Earning around self-publishing with Bryan Cohen
- Writing books that sell with Nancy Hendrickson
Other podcasts I'm listening to at the moment (in no particular order)
I regularly cycle my podcasts. I only have room for ~4-5 a week, which I listen to at the gym, doing chores, cooking and when walking to and from places (I don't have a car and we walk a lot in London!) Here's what's on my iPod at the moment along with RSP Podcast as above.
The Tim Ferriss Show. A new podcast from one of my favorite bloggers and non-fiction authors.
There's a great standalone ‘essay' that Tim gives on being more productive. Plus extensive interviews with some great guests. My favorite so far has been the chat with Ryan Holiday. I also interviewed Ryan on my show, but since he and Tim are friends and Ryan did his book launch, their chat was very laid back!
I'm a huge fan of James. He's the definition of someone who bleeds on the page, putting out brutally honest articles and getting death threats for his views on things like: don't buy a house, and kids shouldn't go to college. He also wrote ‘Choose Yourself,' which he self-published and he is definitely an indie these days! He is a little eccentric, but super smart – having made multi-millions and lost it all, he also knows what happiness really is. Recent interviews I've enjoyed include Arianna Huffington, and indie superstar Hugh Howey.
The Self Publishing Podcast: Johnny, Sean and Dave always make me laugh, so even if they are mostly off-topic, I still have fun! They're brutally honest about what they're up to and share the downsides as well as the up. This is NSFW though!
Some recommended episodes: Showing your work and stealing like an artist with Austin Kleon; A discussion on direct sales strategy, email lists and more; and I was on the show to talk about multiple streams of income, foreign rights exploitation and professional speaking as part of your author business.
A new podcast but already useful, and I write down at least one thing to follow up every show. It's also short and to the point, which definitely helps! There are only 8 shows so far and each one has some good tips. I'm a fan of Jim's Author Marketing Club and use it for my Amazon HTML descriptions and finding reviewers for my books, and I know Jim's background as an internet marketer. Bryan is a new author, and rapidly implementing every sales tactic he can find and sharing the results, so it's a great mix of hosts. I'll be guesting on the next show 🙂
Other shows that I listen to occasionally
Six Pixels of Separation. A marketing podcast with Mitch Joel that often has great entrepreneurial non-fiction authors on, as well as talking about the latest in the world of corporate marketing.
I Should Be Writing with Mur Lafferty. I started listening to Mur's show before I even published my first book, before I started this site! I credit her in the acknowledgements of Pentecost because of her encouragement that “it's OK to suck.” While she is focusing more on traditional publishing these days, Mur has great writing advice and interviews focusing more on the craft side of things.
AuthorCast with David Wood and Alan Baxter. Used to be ThrillerCast, but recently switched to more author focused. Interviews and rants on the industry.
Self Publishing Roundtable – Interviewing authors in a more informal setting and lots about indie publishing and marketing tips. There are multiple hosts so the show is quite raucous and fun. US and Australia centric because the time it records is the middle of the night for Europeans!
Writing Excuses with Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Taylor and Dan Wells. Craft focused.
Oh yes, I have a podcast too!
If you didn't realize – and sometimes people tell me they didn't know – I have a podcast too!
The Creative Penn podcast features interviews, information and inspiration on writing, publishing options, book marketing and increasingly, the business of being an author.
It's now up to episode 183 and recent episodes have featured Jane Friedman on writers and money; Ryan Holiday on writing non-fiction and marketing, and an awesome show on strategy. I have interviews coming up with Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art and many other books, as well as Bob Mayer, author of over 50 books; and David Morrell, whose first book ‘First Blood,' was turned into the movie ‘Rambo.' All veterans of the industry so some exciting interviews to come soon!
You can subscribe to my podcast here on iTunes, or here on Stitcher, or subscribe to the feed directly here. You can also listen or download any of the backlist episodes here. That's over 90 hours of free audio education 🙂
Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones do you recommend? Please leave a comment below and join the conversation.