Best Podcasts for Writers and Self Publishers


It seems like every day there is a new Podcast launching and another one dying. So, this begs to ask: What are the best podcasts for writers and self-publishers?

I love listening to podcasts because they are unobtrusive and can fit into daily activities like driving to work, going for a walk, or just waiting in line.

Through podcasts, I can digest information, learn tactics, and just grow, while not having to ‘fit’ it into my already busy life.

So, what makes a good podcast and which ones are worth your time?  Well, here's a list of the best ones that we think you'll really enjoy!

PS: If you’ve never setup to listen to a podcast on your smartphone before, or don’t know how, here’s a great and simple guide to help you get setup lickity split.

The Rules of the Road

There really are a lot of self publisher and writer podcasts out there with different angles, themes, and even styles.

However, in my quest to list the ones below, I used the following criteria:

  • The podcast must have 50+ shows – proves it stable enough and worked out its real identity and niche in the market.
  • It must be broadcasted consistently – there are many podcasts where the creator fits in an episode when they can. Nothing wrong with that. Life is crazy, we all know that. But consistency also shows priority and this usually translates into a better experience.

If you know of a great podcast that isn’t listed below, go ahead and add a comment to this article and I’ll check it out and update if necessary.

Self-Publishing Podcasts

And in a glorious list, here are Kindlepreneur's picks of the best podcasts for self-publishers, book marketers and authors:

The Book Marketing Show

I could not be more psyched to bring you The Book Marketing Show podcast. Every week I will teach one of the best book marketing sales tactics then bring on a top-notch guest who has first-hand experience selling books with that strategy. I created this show for authors who don't want the fluff, but want an easy to follow deep dive into each book sales tactic that is proven to get results.

Website : iTunes : Android

 Self-Publishing School

The Self-Publishing School podcast by Chandler Bolt is relatively new but enjoyed by many. It covers writing a book, launching a book, and using your book to grow a six-figure income. Pat Flynn, Gary Vaynerchuk, Joanna Penn, Hal Elrod, and Jeff Walker are just a few of the incredible guests who share their strategies for getting on the NYT and WSJ Bestseller lists, building a tribe of fans, and how to use books to scale businesses of all kinds.

Website : iTunes : Android

creative pennThe Creative Penn

The Creative Penn by Joanna Penn has been sharing a mixture of business-focused and writing focused topics since 2015. Special guests, such as Ron Vitale, are regularly featured to bring their specialist wisdom to the show. The show features hot topics, such as adult coloring books, as well as evergreen advice, like outlining for genre fiction. Listen to my interview with Joanna about how to identify your book sales problem and more importantly, how to fix it.

Website : iTunes : Android

 self publishing formula podcastSelf-Publishing Formula

Self-Publishing Formula is hosted by Mark Dawson (who you may know from his awesome Facebook Ads Course) and former BBC journalist James Blatch. It takes in-depth looks at fascinating and useful aspects of self-publishing, such as book launches and how to test out a book idea before writing. They recently added interesting bonus episodes that discloses montly income reports, including how much Mark spent on advertising and how much revenue he made.

Website : iTunes : Android



Writer 2.0

Writer 2.0 Podcast by acclaimed writer AC Fuller has well over 100 episodes and has been going strong since 2014. AC Fuller has previously taught at NYU and is one of the most reputable names in the industry. Episodes feature a mixture of actionable ideas and interviews with great guests, like myself, from the spectrum of the self-publishing world.

Website : iTunes : Android

sell more books showSell More Books Show

The Sell More Books Show, hosted by Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen, does exactly as its title promises – helps you to sell more books! This is done by offering tried and tested tips related to aspects of book marketing, such as email marketing, building lists, and promoting your book on social media platforms.

Website : iTunes : Android

Publishing Profits Podcast ShowPublishing Profits Podcast

Publishing Profits Podcast is hosted by Tom Corson-Knowles and features authority marketers on the show to discuss their favorite tactics and what is working in the book marketing world. Listen to my interview where I talk about using SEO to sell more books on Amazon.

Website : iTunes : Android

self publishing podcastSelf-Publishing Podcast

Self-Publishing Podcast has delivered over 200 episodes of quality, business-focused information for self-publishers. Known names from the self-publishing world, such as Derek Murphy, regularly contribute their collected wisdom to the show. Recent episodes have covered social media tactics, how and when to end a series, and growing your email list.

Website : iTunes : Android

Happy Self Publishing Show

Happy Self Publishing Show covers questions related to writing, publishing, and marketing your books. The guests are successful authors who cover topics such as the best type of lead magnets for books and how to maintain book sales for months after a launch. Check out my interview about choosing the right kindle keywords to improve your book's searchability. Each episode gets straight to the point and is less than 20 minutes.

   Website : iTunes : Android

self-publishing-with-daleSelf Publishing with Dale

Dale Roberts has been getting a whole lot of traction on YouTube and for good reason. I'm pretty sure you've seen at least one of his videos. He covers all sorts of specifics when it comes to self-publishing. He's dedicated to helping you sell more books and developing your author brand.

Website : iTunes : Android

Top Podcasts For Authors and Writing

It's no secret that writing is NOT my forte. Heck, I became a nuclear engineer and physics major to escape the subject as best I could.  So, how did I gain the courage to do this?  I listened to a LOT of writing and author podcasts along the way:

grammar girlGrammar Girl

Grammar Girl is a long-running podcast packed full of tips for writers who like to write well. By listening to Grammar Girl, you will learn advanced writing tips about even the most obscure aspects of the English language. A sure way to improve your writing.

Website : iTunes : Android

 read to leadRead To Lead

Read To Lead is the perfect podcast if you share the belief that books are one of the best ways to get ahead in your leadership and business efforts. Read To Lead features regular interviews with some of the top non-fiction writers and grills them on their perspective regarding business and leadership.

Website : iTunes : Android

the portfolio lifeThe Portfolio Life

The Portfolio Life is hosted by Jeff Goins and features some of the most useful and fascinating insights into the creative process and creative work around. Some of the topics included on recent episodes have been Facebook Live for Writers, Overcoming The Fear of Rejection, and The Seven Stages Of Finding Your Calling. This shows the mix between the inner aspects of writing, and the more practical aspects, which are equally featured on The Portfolio Life.

Website : iTunes : Android

creative writers toolbeltThe Creative Writer's Toolbelt

The Creative Writer's Toolbelt is specifically aimed at creative writers. It is a mixture of actionable writing ideas alongside interviews with writers speaking about aspects of their craft. The 100+ episodes contain everything from character development to story theory.

Website : iTunes : Android

Writing For ChildrenWriting For Children

If you want to write for children, this is your perfect podcast. Hosted by the charismatic Katie Davis, director of the Institute of Children's Literature, Writing for Children features advice on everything from creating characters to writing non-fiction for kids. Katie Davis is a bestselling children's author, so her podcast is a resource you can trust, as well as enjoy.

Website : iTunes : Android

the writer filesThe Writer Files

The Writer Files is perfect for those of you who like to understand the habits and processes of different writers in detail. Each episode features Kelton Reid looking at a different type of writer. The podcast has included everything from screenwriters to thriller writers and poets so far.

Website : iTunes : Android

so you want to be a writerSo You Want To Be A Writer

So You Want To Be A Writer is an Australian based writing podcast which features both an author and a journalist as hosts. Episodes contain a mixture of news and trends within the world of writing and actionable tips on various aspects of the craft, such as advice on plotting, and how to write for specific genres.

Website : iTunes : Android

General Podcasts I think You'll Love

In book marketing and writing, we sometimes need to supplement our focused learning with something a little broader in scope. After all, a good idea is a good idea, and you never know what you'll be able to apply to your self-publishing efforts. The following podcasts are awesome sources of inspiration and ideas.

Side Hustle ShowSide Hustle Show

The Side Hustle Show is brought to you by Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation. It covers a wide variety of ways to make money online such as blogging, content creation, and consulting. Here's my interview with Nick who has been a good friend over the years.

Website : iTunes : Android

smart passive income
Smart Passive Income

Pat Flynn is a name you're hopefully familiar with – if not, his SPI podcast is a great place to start. Episodes cover actionable tips on making money, as well as more philosophical topics like dealing with rejection. Pat also hosts a podcast called Ask Pat where he answers one reader's online business question per episode. It's a dream of mine to one day be on Pat's show.

Website : iTunes : Android

unmistakable creativeThe Unmistakable Creative

If you are at all interested in the creative process, and as a book marketer you definitely should be, then you will want to tune into The Unmistakable Creative regularly. It features an inimitable look at the creative process, having featured heavyweight guests such as Tim Ferriss and Seth Godin. Recent episodes have dealt with topics such as the ego and self-expression.

Website : iTunes : Android

 tony robbins podcastThe Tony Robbins Podcast

The Tony Robbins podcast features a mixture of the motivational tactics you expect from Tony Robbins alongside a range of actionable business advice. Robbins interviews guests with a proven track record of success to extract their secrets. Recent episodes have looked at the psychology of success and how to master the process of sales.

Website : iTunes : Android

 ted talksTED Talks Audio

You've almost certainly come across TED talks in their video format, either on YouTube, through social media or directly on the TED Talks website. However, they are also available as an audio podcast which you can download and tune into on the go. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the intriguing ideas of TED Talks without having to focus on a video lecture.

Website : iTunes : Android

So, What's Your Favorite Book Marketing Podcast?

As you can see, there are lots of different shows on the market. Some that give explicit tactics, while others just focus on interviews and the market in general.

But regardless of what you're looking for, there are all kinds out there to fit just about anyone's particular needs or level.

If I missed any above that you think should be mentioned, go ahead and drop it in the comments below and we'll check it out.

And if you're a fan of the tactics I share on the Kindlepreneur blog, you'll love the Book Marketing Show podcast. So be sure to subscribe to my podcast so you get the best book marketing techniques instantly and you can learn on the go.




  1. Social Share on March 3, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Thank you for this amazing list!

  2. Matt Rafferty on September 8, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks to this post, I just added 3 new podcasts to my Overcast app!If you get a chance, check out my podcast – The Author Inside You. My wife and I interview authors about writing, publishing and promoting their first book. https://www.theauthorinside

  3. Susan Miles on August 31, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you for this amazing and useful information! At this time I’d like to become a freelance writer and write essays online, so this podcasts are very useful for me. Now really believe that I can become a writer. I hope that this podcasts will help me to increase my writing skills. Thank you so much for sharing this useful list of podcasts.

  4. Dragon`s Eye View on March 28, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve been enjoying & recommend: Authority.Pub`s podcast:
    I cannot wait to check out the others on your list!

  5. Francis Josephine on January 27, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Getting an attractive book cover is an essential need for every writer. I was really upset and discouraged when I was getting good reviews for my book content but bad remark about the cover. I found an agent who provides me with real quality and unique book cover design which brought human traffic for my book Now I write with passion and joy because I know I have an illustrator who will be able to capture all my idea into a captivating cover design which is the first thing that prompts a potential reader to pick up any book. I have been using her services for sometime now and she is the best so far.

  6. Patrick Brian O'Neill on December 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Dave! check this out. A great Kindle Indie success story. One we can all get inspiration from. Man starts writing to pass the time after beating cancer and retiring. Never intends to publish. Crappy covers, typos and spelling errors, and 260,000 books sold! Unbeleivable! Why not interview him on the podcast?

  7. Liz on December 17, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Great list Dave! I added a bunch of these to my podcast library. I’d also like to recommend the Writership Podcast, which offers self-editing advice to fiction authors.

    (Full disclosure: I also work with Leslie, whose podcast that is, but I started as a listener and a fan, and work with her because I love what she offers.)

  8. S B James on November 7, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks for updating this list. Now I have a couple more shows to add to my mix.

  9. Stella Wilkinson on November 2, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I never ever miss the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast. It’s fantastic even if you are not a SFF writer.

  10. Me on September 26, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    This list is outstanding Thanks, Dave!
    Oh, hey! I published my first non-fiction book today & I have to say…this is SOOOOO exciting!
    If you can see this and you haven’t taken Dave’s Udemy course or if you don’t own KDP Rocket –
    you’re missing out!

    • Dave Chesson on September 27, 2017 at 1:14 am

      Awesome sauce and glad to hear! Now go get a glass of wine and celebrate!

  11. Stacy Michaels on May 26, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    The best podcast for aspiring and experienced writers is It’s brilliant. They interview authors, publishers, top speakers and entrepreneurs. Such valuable content. And it’s hilariois too.

  12. md pappu on December 16, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    If any one need to showing your product amazon 1st page or good position, a better rank and sales (within 7 days )connect my team skype: md.pappu90

  13. Michal on August 13, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Nice list. The best of it? I was on the top two ! 😀
    Now it’s time to work down the list… Maybe Robbins’ podcast for the beginning? 😉

  14. Sondra Turnbull on August 9, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Excellent list! More for me to add to my rotation.

  15. Jennifer Weiner on August 3, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Oh my…several here that I follow blogs, pages etc from. I’m amazed they have time to podcast! I’m also flabbergasted. How do you busy, busy people find time to listen to so many? I’m barely keeping up with two… Ask Pat (flynn)–which could use a mention. And coffee break blogging– that’s david risely. both awesome and regular shows.

    • kindlepreneur on August 3, 2016 at 1:34 am

      haha…some people have long drives to work (eek). For me, I was SUPER into them when I was training for Triathlons. I’ll have to check out coffee Break Blogging, hadn’t heard of that one. As for Pat, I figured with SPI that would cover and didn’t want to double dip, but I should add that to the SPI one as a mention. Good call.

  16. Max on July 27, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Dave

    Thanks for this list of resource. I want ask you how can get 3 categories in my paper version? (I have read your blog post but in createspace is a little more difficult, my kindle version have 3 categories)

    I’m confusing because my competitors appears 3 categories and made more sales that my book.

    My books are ranked in the spots 1-3 and the main keyword in spot 5 . And I have more reviews

    My paper version have 76.000-152.000 paid rank , but the main books in the places 1-3 have a paid rank of 10.000-21.000 (with a sales estimation around 200-250 per month) at a price of 14,99-18,99 usd (My book have a price of 9,97 in this moment)

    Any advice?

  17. ktjohns on July 25, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    You’ve got to get “The Story Grid” with Shawn Coyne and Tim Grahl onto the list. It’s a must listen!

  18. Angela Johnson on July 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I like ProBlogger. Even though it’s about blogging, Darren Rowse also gives excellent advice on marketing. I have already been listening to the Creative Penn and Author 2.0. Thanks for the list; I’ll check out these other podcasters.

    • kindlepreneur on July 24, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Good point – I like Darren as well and that would be good for the blogger authors out there.

  19. Jennifer Waddle on July 23, 2016 at 12:49 am
    • kindlepreneur on July 23, 2016 at 1:55 am

      I know Shelley and she’s great. I’ll have to check out that podcast. Thanks

  20. Nick Loper on July 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for the shout! Some of my favorites on this list and a few new-to-me ones to check out as well!

    • kindlepreneur on July 23, 2016 at 1:56 am

      Absolutely. You’ve been an inspiration over the years buddy.

  21. Amar Vyas on July 22, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    MyKitaab Podcast, Dave…. in case you think it fits the bill. I have a list of podcasts on book publishing that have inspired me to launch my own:

    • kindlepreneur on July 23, 2016 at 2:01 am

      Great list Amar. Well at the time of writing this, you were about at 50 episodes, my cutoff. But if going strong next year, you’ll be in the running 😉

      • Amar Vyas on August 2, 2016 at 7:14 am

        I know 🙂 Long way to go, working towards it!

    • Angela Johnson on July 24, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks for the additional list of podcasters.

      • Amar Vyas on August 2, 2016 at 7:14 am

        Thank you Angela for your message!

  22. Anja on July 22, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Excellent list, found a bunch of new ones to check out. I’m a podcast addict as well. You didn’t mention some of my favorite ones such as The AuthorBiz and Writing Excuses. This is my own list from last year:

  23. Scott Allan on July 22, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Wow, love this list Dave! Especially handy for Authors to reach out to podcasters looking to get on the show to discuss their books and ideas, great stuff.

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