Podcasts, for those of you who don't now, are a series of audio recordings in which people discuss a topic, usually with regular episodes. 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 if you're interested, give these podcasts a try yourself!
Book Riot: The Podcast
Book Riot is a blog I follow for book fans, writers, and editors that discusses all kinds of issues in the literary world. It covers a lot of content, and all of it is very well-written and 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 episodes run on the long side, from an hour to an hour and a half, but they're brilliant, enjoyable, and thorough.
The most recent episode, 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.
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. Getting the chance to connect with other people over my favorite series is actually a huge part of what got me through that year. MuggleCast is run by some people from 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. Episodes used to be weekly but have slowed down and now only come out when there's news. They also run long, an hour to half an hour.
The most recent episode, 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!
Podcasts with Expert Entrepreneurs in Publishing
In this podcast series, Viv Oyolu interviews publishing experts (writers, publicists, agents, editors, etc.) 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 episodes come out weekly and run at a medium length, thirty to forty-five minutes or so.
The most recent episode, 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 the podcast, they discuss a number of 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 episodes are pretty decently short in length, running about 20 minutes each, and they come out weekly.
The most recent episode, 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 reserved about, is run by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and other writers who discuss 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." The episodes are decent in length, about 20 minutes, and come out somewhat weekly.
The most recent episode, from Sunday, was "#9.18: Microcasting," in which they discussed a whole bunch of topics in one.
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