Top Writing Podcasts – 2017 Edition

Top Writing Podcasts from Diana Anderson-TylerHello, wordsmiths!

I hope you’re doing well and staying warm! It’s currently windy, rainy, and a frigid 41 degrees (at least it’s frigid to this native Texan!). I’m sipping piping hot coffee, listening to Josh Groban’s angelic Christmas album, and enjoying the heat blasting from the portable space heater my sweet husband bought for me last year. 🙂

About this time last year, I wrote a post titled “Why Writers Should Listen to Podcasts” and recommended five of my favorite writing-related shows, namely The Creative Penn, Write Now, Rocking Self-Publishing, How Do You Write?, and Helping Writers Become Authors.

While I’m still a fan of those podcasts, I have discovered many more over the last 12 months that I’d love to share with you now. From practical craft and creativity-related tips and inspiring stories from some of today’s most influential authors, to invaluable marketing advice from business-savvy entrepreneurs, these podcasts offer a plethora of knowledge, wisdom, and timeless insight that I know you’ll love exploring and integrating into your creative process and book marketing endeavors.

Story Grid (craft)

Story Grid is hosted by aspiring writer Tim Grahl and longtime “Big 5” editor Shawn Coyne. The show chronicles Tim’s writing journey as he learns how to make a story “work” according to Shawn’s tried and true storytelling precepts, from which components need to appear in each scene, to why knowing your genre inside and out is of utmost importance. I recommend buying the book, The Story Grid, as well!

Wordslinger (craft/marketing/inspiration)

Wordslinger is hosted by bestselling thriller author and Draft2Digital Director of Marketing, Kevin Tumlinson. Kevin interviews indie and traditionally published authors and discusses a wide range or interesting topics, from different writing styles (plotting and pantsing, e.g.,) and marketing approaches, to productivity tips and time management. One of my favorite things about the show is Kevin’s warmth, sense of humor, and genuine love for his listeners. I often feel like he’s sitting across the table from me, giving me a pep talk over coffee!

The Sell More Books Show (marketing)

The Sell More Books Show is hosted by web consultant, author, and entrepreneur Jim Kukral and successful indie author Bryan Cohen. Each week, they highlight the week’s most noteworthy marketing tips and share the top five news items. This show is excellent for writers like me who don’t enjoy sifting through the zillions of marketing-related articles available online. In 45 minutes or less, Jim and Bryan tell me all I need to know regarding what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to marketing. I appreciate their honest, concise, tell-it-like-is style. If there are any services not worth writers’ time, or any scams we need to steer clear of, I trust them to let us know!

Beautiful Writers Podcast (craft/inspiration)

Beautiful Writers Podcast is hosted by author Linda Sivertsen, aka Book Mama. If you want to hear from some of the biggest authors writing today (Elizabeth Gilbert, Dean Koontz, Seth Godin, Anne Lamott, for example), then look no further! She chats with some of the world’s most beloved authors about writing, publishing, deal-making, spirituality, activism, and “the art of romancing creativity.” If you need a pick-me-up, or would just like to know you’re not alone, give the show a listen NOW!

The Writer Files (craft/inspiration)

The Writer Files is hosted by Kelton Reid, Vice President of Multimedia Production for Rainmaker Digital. With each author interview, he gets into the nitty-gritty of particular writing routines, interesting quirks and idiosyncrasies, gains insight on if and how one can amp up their creativity, learns how to beat writer’s block (if it exists…) and much, much more.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing  (marketing)

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing podcast is hosted by indie authors Lindsay Buroker, Jeff Poole, and Jo Lallo. As the title suggests, the show is geared specifically toward sci-fi and fantasy authors who need a bit of help in the marketing arena (let’s face it, most of us are too concerned with dragons, aliens, and spaceships to think about bookselling, ha!). They typically have author interviews with writers who are doing particularly well on Amazon, but some of my favorite shows are when it’s just the three hosts answering listener questions.

The Worried Writer (craft/inspiration)

The Worried Writer is hosted by contemporary fiction author Sarah Painter. The monthly podcast is chock-full of advice for overcoming self-doubt, impostor syndrome, procrastination, and fear, and reassures us that we’re not alone! In each episode, she asks authors tough questions about their own creative and psychological battles and finds out the very best ways to victory.

Mark Dawson’s Self-Publishing Formula (marketing/inspiration)

Self-Publishing Formula is hosted by bestselling author and marketing guru Mark Dawson and aspiring writer James Blatch. The show provides weekly inspiration and education for all writers, no matter where they are in their writing/publishing journeys. They feature interviews with uber-successful indie authors, breakout stars from traditional publishing, hybrid authors making the best of both worlds, as well as industry insiders and tech geniuses! There are also in-depth Masterclass episodes that focus on one subject specifically, such as building an email mailing list or running Facebook ads.

That’s the round-up! Now time to crackin’ on some episodes!

Do you have a favorite writing-related podcast not mentioned in my list? Let me know by sending me an email at or via Twitter @dandersontyler.


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