Podcasts, for those of you a little less tech savvy, are a series of audio recordings in which a group of people discuss a topic, usually with regular episodes. Often but not always, podcasts are connected to a pretty well-known website or blog. You can find them on iTunes, but they're other places too. The podcasts I list below are for free. They're all about writing, seeing as I am a writer, but one is reader-centered.
So sit back and enjoy my list of favorite podcasts, and, if you're interested, give them a try yourself!
Book Riot: The Podcast
Book Riot is a website I follow for book fans, writers, and editors that discusses all kinds of issues in the literary world as well as different books that have recently come out in all areas. It covers a lot of content and all of it is very well-written and usually quite engaging. Their podcast is run by two of the writers for the site, and it's a weekly podcast covering all the most recent book news. The podcasts run on the long side, from an hour to an hour and a half, but they're brilliant, enjoyable, and thorough.
The most recent podcast from them, from this Sunday, was #50: Recommendations for Moms, Dads, and Grads, a special 50th podcast recommending books for the upcoming holidays this season! If you're a dedicated reader or writer, I'd absolutely give this podcast a shot. Look up Book Riot in podcasts on iTunes to subscribe!
MuggleCast: The Harry Potter Podcast
MuggleCast was the first podcast I started following, back at the beginning of high school when the sixth Harry Potter movie was about to come out. It was at a really difficult point in my life and getting the chance to connect with other people over my favorite series, Harry Potter, is actually a huge part of what got me through that year. MuggleCast is run by a number of the admins at MuggleNet, a very famous Harry Potter fansite. The podcast is energetic, fun, and slightly obsessive in its examination of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, fandoms, and related content. It used to be weekly but with the end of both the book and the movie series, it's slowed down and generally only comes out when there's news. Their podcasts also run long, an hour to half an hour.
The most recent podcast, which came out on my birthday, was #272: Trilogy, discussing the recent news that J.K. Rowling will be writing a script for a Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them movie trilogy, which takes place a century (?) or so before the events of the Harry Potter series. If you're a Harry Potter fan, look it up on iTunes! You can probably also find a link on the MuggleNet site.
Podcasts with Expert Entreupeneurs in Publishing
In this podcast series, Brit Viv Oyolu interviews a publishing expert (writer, publicist, agent, editor, etc.) in each podcast on a particular topic close to that expert. Viv shows real interest in the topics the experts deliver, and it's very educational for authors looking, particularly, to market their book. Even if you're not to that stage yet, there's still so much to learn from it, and it's always good to be prepared! Also, I appreciate the British accents that pop up semi-regularly in this podcast. The podcast comes out weekly, and runs at a medium length, thirty to forty-five minutes or so.
The most recent podcast, from last Wednesday, was #25 with Nina Amir, in which an author of a book for authors discusses the qualities writers need to be successful. If you're a writer, check it out on iTunes!
This podcast is run by two men who run a website on novel marketing, AuthorMedia. In this podcast, they discuss a number of ideas and concepts in novel marketing, sometimes through interviews but generally just between the two of them. They're both very enthusiastic about the subject, and quite educated as well. The podcast is pretty decently short in length, running about 20 minutes per podcast, and it comes out weekly.
The most recent podcast, from Monday, was #26: Author Taglines with Brandilyn Collins. All ye writers, search for Novel Marketing on iTunes to subscribe to this very useful podcast!
This podcast, which I'm new to and still slightly reserved about, is run by a group of authors, including Brandon Sanderson and Dan Wells, discussing all kinds of issues authors face. It's a little more on the geeky side of literary podcasts/blogs, and the audio quality isn't fantastic, but it has some useful tidbits. The podcast is currently on its ninth "season" (apparently this group does it by season?) and the episodes are decent in length, about 20 minutes, and come out somewhat weekly.
The most recent podcast, from Sunday, was #9.18: Microcasting, in which they discussed a whole bunch of topics in one podcast.
Thanks for reading, guys! Come back next time for our May humor post.
Any other recommended podcasts?
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