Every creative writer needs a source of inspiration. We have our shelves full of reference books and attend workshops to gain more knowledge. But sometimes, we need to listen and communicate with other authors. That’s when I go and listen to podcasts and call in on Blogtalkradio to ask the hosts and guests questions.
These are my top 5 most helpful podcasts for writers:
5. Creative Writing Podcast
This podcast is an overview on how to survive NanoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month) which has turned like a worldwide feat. It explains how to go ahead and beat the inner editing demon everything from word wars to write-ins. The group even challenged Chris Baty, one of the founders, during the last NanoWrimo and won.
4. The Jane Crown Show: Poet Patrick Grizzell
This is one of my favorite poetry podcasts. Patrick Grizzell studied under Angelou and performed with Allen Ginsberg. (James Franco recently starred in Howl as Ginsberg.) The podcast contains poems and explains the process of writing shedding light on its mysteries.
3. Writer Coach
The Writer Coach interviewed Chila “Maggie” Woychik, the head of an independent press, Port Yonder Press. This podcast explained how the small press publishing works and the difference between this and a “vanity press.” For writers, it provides insight as to what small publishers are searching for and how platform (public presence and following) works.
2. Top Shelf- Original Paperback
Three young editors from Harper Collins discuss with the VP of Retail Marketing of the publishing house, Carl Lennertz the process of making an original paperback. If you always wanted to know why paperback is important then listen to this podcast. Some books are directly published in paperback instead of hardcover. Around 30% of hardcover books are returned. Paperbacks have a better fate. In Europe, the rage is the original paperback.
And for new authors or those who are unpublished—
1. Writing A Great Manuscript And Getting It Published!
This was the first podcast for Medallion Press Live on Blogtalkradio and it explains the in and outs of writing a manuscript and publishing it. Authors from Medallion Press talked about their books and the process of writing. Interestingly, the average time to get a manuscript published is usually four manuscripts and 8 to 10 years. The advice from authors is to keep sending out, be persistent and learn the craft. You have to have a mind for marketing once your manuscript is published. You shape and mold your writing by revising your drafts. And if you are thinking of hiring a publicist. Think again. It’s expensive.
All of these podcasts are also part of live shows. You can tune in and ask questions by calling the hosts. You can even start your own show.