Indie publishing is a new and rapidly developing industry. There’s so much more to know beyond how to format an ebook and upload it to Amazon. (For instance, did you know many authors are finding huge success through Facebook ads, and that building your email list is still the top marketing recommendation?)
There are only so many hours in a day, and most of mine are split between either writing my next book or working on the admin that surrounds being a full-time author. For me, the best way to keep abreast of news and advice is to listen to podcasts while walking the dog or
burning making dinner.
I’ve dug up a number of favorites, and I have no hesitations about recommending them to you. These people are leaders on the indie publishing scene – so if you aren’t paying attention to them already, you should be!
This is THE place to go if you want to hear a top indie author interviewing other top indie authors. If you have time for only one podcast, it should probably be this one. Joanna Penn is enthusiastic about staying on the very cutting edge of the indie publishing industry – with an eye toward future technology and the global market – and is usually the first to bring new, practical, actionable opportunities to my attention.
This is all things indie publishing by three full-time authors: Johnny, Sean, and Dave. These guys decided to go simple in naming their blog – and actually, they really don’t need to say anything more. (But Sean probably will.) Every episode brings musings on self-publishing sore spots or in-depth interviews with other top indie authors … plus a lot of antics and BSing. (Be forewarned: adult language.)
Simon Whistler, an audiobook narrator with an addictive British accent, interviews indie authors who have done well, eliciting both their writing and marketing secrets. I can’t lie: while the fore-going podcasts frequently sport bigger names in the industry, this one is actually my favorite. A delightful listen every time, and Simon never fails to deliver ideas you can sit right down and apply to your writing strategy today. He makes it even easier with “action steps” in the show notes to every episode.
This podcast sports a completely different format from the others. Instead of interviews with successful authors, the center of this podcast revolves around the delivery of five news items every week, gleaned from across the indie publishing industry. If something significant has shifted (KU pages read, anybody?), you’ll hear about it here!
There you have it – my four favorite podcasts. What podcasts do you recommend? Tell us in the comments!