Seven Steps to Confident Writing by Alan Gelb

It may surprise you to learn that confident writing has little to do with natural talent. In fact, most of what makes writers confident (and competent) boils down to mastering the basics.

Seven Steps to Confident Writing by Alan Gelb

Seven Steps to Confident Writing

Author, coach and communications consultant Alan Gelb teaches his students that writing is not something to get right or wrong. Instead, it’s something to work at. In his book Seven Steps to Confident Writing, he organizes his proven coaching into sections, teaching skills such as:

  • Writing to an audience
  • Clarity and brevity
  • Sentence structure
  • Tone

The seven steps include seeing the big picture, gearing up and revelling in the amazing, expandable, elastic, evolving sentence. Gelb takes readers on a journey from shifting the way they think about writing, through key grammar, word usage and writing rules and finishes with polishing (what he calls lapidary work). He uses examples from his own career to help readers understand how mastering the basics can lead to a career as a writer.

Entering the world of copywriting turned out to be a great thing for me, not just because it provided a good steady income, but also because it helped me become a far more precise writer.

Alan Gelb, Seven Steps to Confident Writing

Gelb has been a writer for more than four decades and uses common examples from his students’ (and his own) work throughout Seven Steps to Confident Writing. However, he never comes across as condescending or superior. You get the sense he genuinely wants you to become a confident writer.

Filled with helpful case studies, templates and samples, Seven Steps to Confident Writing is an inviting, encouraging read. Are you ready to become a confident writer?

Seven Steps to Confident Writing synopsis

Not everyone is a natural writer. In fact, most people don’t think that much about writing until they’re called upon to write something like an office memo or a wedding speech and find themselves paralyzed with self-doubt. Author and writing coach Alan Gelb specializes in helping anxious writers find their voice, drawing upon techniques that can improve anyone’s writing, sometimes in a matter of days. His compact and easy-to-use guide demystifies the writing process and shows readers how to sculpt concise sentences, shape well-structured paragraphs, polish a final draft, and combat procrastination. Best of all, readers will see for themselves that writing is not an inborn talent but a skill that can be mastered with a bit of patience and perseverance.

Seven Steps to Confident Writing was published on March 12, 2019 by New World Library.

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Write Your Book in a Flash [book review]

If you are looking for a systemized approach to writing a book, Write Your Book in a Flash by Dan Janal is a practical resource you’ll enjoy.

Write Your Book in a Flash

Write Your Book in a Flash: The Paint-by-Numbers System to Write the Book of Your Dreams—FAST!

This is one of those prescriptive non-fiction books that is all business, in a good way. If you’re ready to write a book but are a bit stuck you’ll appreciate Janal’s jump-right-in approach.

Covering topics like overcoming blank canvas syndrome, framing your message and the secret to writing your book fast, Write Your Book in a Flash takes readers from wondering what you can write a book about to outlining and planning in 21 chapters.

There’s nothing fancy about this book. It’s a quick read, to the point and filled with tips and case studies. I’ll also note it was definitely written in a flash and not 100 per cent polished. That said, if you’re looking for a prosey literary piece on publishing then I don’t think you’d be interested in this book anyway.

So. If you’re ready to strap in and write but you’re wondering where to start, this is a great option.


Write Your Book in a Flash Synopsis

Do You Want to Know the Secret to Writing a Non-Fiction Business Book Without Wasting Time or Money?

Write Your Book in a Flash shows business executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders how to get focused fast, so you can write your book without tearing your hair out.

Most people dream of writing a book, but they get stopped in their tracks because of a fatal flaw. Without a clear system for writing a book, nothing gets finished.

The secret to completing a book quickly is to have a system. Unlike books that show you why you should write a book, this book actually shows you how to write a book! You’ll discover:

  • How to write a simple outline that makes the writing process faster and easier
  • How to research interesting ideas, stories, and facts so you never run out of ideas or information
  • Overcoming “The Imposter Syndrome” and other limiting beliefs that stifle nearly every would-be author
  • Clear examples that show you what to do (and what not to do)
  • Empowering exercises that show you how to write better and faster
  • Simple how-to steps anyone can follow to write a book

You’re about to learn a simple and proven system for writing a book that matters.

Even if you hated writing in the past, you’ll finally feel good about writing your book. Most importantly, you’ll have all the tools you need to get the job done!

A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Your Book

This is the perfect book to read if you are a thought leader, entrepreneur or business executive who wants to write a business book to build your personal brand, open doors to new opportunities, and leave a legacy of wisdom to future generations. Business leaders who write books get more clients at higher fees, have more impact, develop more credibility, and have more influence where it matters most: in front of clients, customers, and prospects.

Unlike other books on writing, Write Your Book in a Flash doesn’t debate the pros and cons of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. Instead, it shows how to use your own work style and personal strengths, preferences, and personality, so you can write the book you were meant to share with the world.

Dan Janal has written more than a dozen books that help businesses build their brands, including seven books for publishing giant Wiley. He is an award-winning, daily newspaper reporter and business newspaper editor. As a publicity and marketing expert, he has helped more than ten thousand authors and experts build their platforms over the past sixteen years. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University’s famed Medill School of Journalism.

Dan’s journalism awards include the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Award for Excellence in News Writing, the Florida National Education Association’s Newsmaker Award for distinguished news coverage of public education in Florida, and the Greater Orlando Press Club’s Investigative Reporting award.

Write Your Book In a Flash is published by TCK Publishing.

If you are looking for a systemized approach to write your book, Write Your Book in a Flash by Dan Janal is a practical resource you'll enjoy.

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Podcasts for Writers | Updated for 2019

Looking for podcasts for writers? You’re in the right place! Here are 50 of the most popular (and helpful) podcasts for writers. Updated for 2019.

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Podcasts for Writers

What are the best podcasts for writers? Well…it depends what you’re looking for. There are tons of amazing and helpful writing-related podcasts with different styles and approaches. After much research and vetting I’ve curated this list of podcasts for writers in the hopes you can find a few new podcasts to add into your rotation.

I’ve given these 50 podcasts loose categories based on their most general topics and format. The podcast are organized both by category in alphabetical order. Some are my personal favourites and some are from writer recommendations. If a show hasn’t been updated in 2019 it isn’t on this list. Have I missed a fantastic, life-changing podcast? (I know I have.) Please let me know in the comments.

Canadian Podcasts

Canadian Podcasts | Podcasts for Writers

True, these podcasts fit into the other categories. My fear is these literary gems will get lost in the shuffle. Perhaps you are looking for some great podcasts for writers AND something a little North. See? It’s such a good reason to have this category.

Can’t Lit

A monthly podcast on all things Canadian and Literature. Hosted by Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli. Last Monday of the month.

Podcast Playlist

Podcast Playlist curates the best content and stories from the podcast world. Each week, your audio DJs Matt Galloway and Lindsay Michael sample some of the most intriguing of what the internet has to offer.

The Next Chapter

CBC Radio’s Shelagh Rogers travels the country, conversing with authors and readers of all kinds. A new episode every Monday.

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Writing Craft Podcasts

Craft Podcasts | Podcasts for Writers

The writing craft. How do you improve on your writing without going back to school? By listening to podcasts! These craft-focused podcasts will help you in your writing from everything to overcoming writer’s block to strategies for meeting deadlines to making writing your career. Many of these craft podcasts don’t stick to fiction or non-fiction, preferring to blend them together. I think it works. Here are a ton of awesome podcasts for writers on the writing craft you’re WELCOME.

Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach

Writing Coach Ann Kroeker wants you to reach your writing goals and believes you’ll make significant progress (and have fun!) by being more curious, creative, and productive. She provides practical tips and motivation for writers at all stages, keeping episodes short and focused so writers only need a few minutes to collect ideas, inspiration, resources and recommendations to apply to their work. Tune in for solutions addressing anything from self-editing and goal-setting solutions to administrative and scheduling challenges. Subscribe for ongoing input for your writing life that’s efficient and encouraging.

Building a StoryBrand with Donald Miller | Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen

If you’re frustrated because you struggle to get the word out about your product or service, the Building a StoryBrand podcast will help. Fans of the podcast are ecstatic about the fun and entertaining way Donald Miller brings you practical advice about clarifying your message so customers will listen. Don and the StoryBrand team are the world’s leading experts in harnessing the 2,000 year-old proven power of story formulas to get people talking about your brand. Get your message out, grow your company, stand out in the marketplace, and have a blast doing it! Past guests: Seth Godin, Patrick Lencioni, Daymond John, Rachel Hollis, Ken Blanchard, Mel Robbins, Dave Ramsey, Scott Hamilton, Auntie Anne, Charles Duhigg, Daniel Pink, Blake Mycoskie (TOMS), Chris Anderson (TED), and so many others.

Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

WINNER OF BEST EDUCATION PODCAST IN THE 2017 PODCAST AWARDS. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.

Helping Writers Become Authors

Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love. (Music intro by Kevin MacLeod.)

High-Income Business Writing: Freelance Writing

Ed Gandia, co-author of the bestselling book, The Wealthy Freelancer, reveals how to propel your writing business to the six-figure level (or the part-time equivalent).

In this nuts-and-bolts, no-nonsense podcast, you’ll discover how to get better clients, earn more in less time, and bring more freedom and joy into your writing business. Ed will walk you through the practical, “doable” systems and strategies he has developed in his own writing business—the same systems he has taught his private coaching clients.

He’ll also show you what’s working for other business writers by bringing you real case studies from the field. And he’ll share all this information in an honest and transparent way, with no hype or fluff. Topics covered include: getting better and higher-paying clients; banishing the feast-or-famine cycle; doing more of the work that excites you; how to raise your fees and rates; boosting your productivity; making your business recession-proof; discovering and leveraging your strengths; finding your niche; pricing content writing projects; pricing copywriting projects; writing white papers; case studies; writing web copy; writing articles; and much more.

Hot Copy: A Copywriting Podcast for Copywriters

In each episode of Hot Copy, Belinda Weaver and Kate Toon share the secrets of successful copywriters including copywriting tips, shortcuts, writing resources, interviews with other successful copywriters (yes, their secrets too!). And a few laughs, snorts, and giggles along the way. All focused on helping you become a better copywriter. This podcast is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about copywriting, the writing bits and the running a business bits.

Novel Marketing

This is the show for novelists who hate marketing, but still want to become bestselling authors. Our goal is to make book promotion fun and easy for writers who would really rather be writing.

Odyssey Writing Workshop

Odyssey is an intensive six-week workshop for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror held each summer on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Top authors, editors, and agents serve as guest lecturers. These podcasts are excerpts from guest lectures.

Scriptnotes Podcast

Screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.

The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt

The Creative Writers Toolbelt gives practical accessible advice to Creative writers. Each episode explores an aspect of creative writing technique, with examples, allowing you to apply what you learn immediately to your writing. We also throw in the occasional interview with writers and other artists, exploring their wisdom on subjects like story, style, character and the writing process.

WriteCast: A Casual Conversation for Serious Writers

Kacy and Claire from the Walden University Writing Center chat about all things academic writing. Special guests include students, faculty, and Writing Center editors.

Write Now with Sarah Werner

A weekly podcast for aspiring writers looking to find a healthy work/life/writing balance. Get the encouragement, honest advice, and inspiration you need to pursue your passion and write every day. Recurring themes include books, coffee, rainy days, truth, beauty, lasers, dinosaurs, and all of your other favorite things.

Writing Excuses

Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Daniel Wells discuss writing techniques in a fast-paced, 15-minute format.

Writing for Children: How to Write a Children’s Book, Writing for Magazines, Getting Paid for Writing, Getting Published

Do you want to learn how to write for children? The Institute of Children’s Literature has taught hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers, and the director of ICL is the host of Writing for Children. Bestselling children’s author Katie Davis focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published. There are listener questions, with answers from the experts at the Institute, plus hard-to-find resources and links included in every week’s show notes.

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General Writing Podcasts

General Writing, Interviews, Etc. | Podcasts for Writers

These are general writing podcasts or ones that don’t stick to a strict theme. Many of these shows are a mix of interviews and solocasts. Whatever this category should be called I hope you find these podcasts for writers helpful, useful, and inspiring.

A Way With Words

A Way with Words is a fun and funny radio show and podcast about language. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers from around the world about linguistics, slang, new words, jokes, riddles, word games, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, books, literature, folklore, and speaking and writing well. Email your language questions for the show to words@waywordradio.org. Or call with your questions toll-free *any* time in the U.S. and Canada at (877) 929-9673. From anywhere in the world: +1 (619) 800-4443.

Between The Covers : Conversations with Writers in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry

Author interviews with today’s best writers — established & up-and-coming — in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Hosted by David Naimon, KBOO 90.7 FM, Portland, Oregon. –The Guardian’s 10 Best Book Podcasts –Book Riot’s 15 Outstanding Podcasts for Book Lovers –the most intense and awesome podcast I’ve ever been a part of–Gary Shteyngart.

Create If Writing

Create If Writing is a weekly podcast for writers and bloggers dealing with authentic platform building online. You will hear from experts on list-building, connecting through Twitter, and how to utilize Facebook. But tools for building an audience would feel empty without a little inspiration, so these training episodes are balanced with inspirational interviews with writers who share their creative process, ups and downs, and how they have dealt with success or failure. Kirsten Oliphant is a self-published author with an MFA in Fiction who has been blogging for 11 years and is in the top 20 of Houston’s Social Media Power Influencers. She has spoken at Blog Elevated, Houston Social Media Breakfast, Adventure Con, Houston Business Advancement Conference, and Social Media Day Houston. She created the Free Email Course and loves to get nerdy about all things email list.

Dead Robots’ Society

The Dead Robots’ Society, a gathering of aspiring writers podcasting to other aspiring writers, hoping to help each other along the way to the promised land of publication.

First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing

In writing, a first draft is where creativity flows, a story takes root and the voice of a writer emerges. First Draft highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft and the literary arts. This weekly show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin will primarily feature fiction and non-fiction authors along with occasional poets, screenplay writers, playwrights and songwriters. First Draft is a celebration of writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their carefully chosen words to print as well as the impact writers have on the world we live in.

Fully Booked by Kirkus Reviews

Get the ultimate insider’s scoop on the best new books. The editors at Kirkus Reviews interview your favorite authors, tell you whether or not the books on the bestseller list are worth the read, give you behind-the-scenes insights, and introduce you to great books you may otherwise never find.

I Should Be Writing

Writing interviews and how-tos from a SF writer who’s still learning.

Longform Podcast

A weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer about how they got their start and how they tell stories. Co-produced by Longform and The Atavist.

Read to Lead

If you believe as I do, that intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life, then this is your podcast. My goal each week is to bring you key thoughts and insights from my conversations with those I consider to be among today’s brightest minds: our generation’s non-fiction authors. We discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career, and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff’s Notes. The Read to Lead Podcast is a three-time Best Business Podcast nominee.

Reading and Writing Podcast

Interviews with authors about their books, their writing habits, their favorite novels, and how they got started writing.

So You Want to Be A Writer

Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing blogging and publishing. Whether you love the creative inspiration of Elizabeth Gilbert, the life-hacking non-fiction of Tim Ferriss or the phenomena that is JK Rowling, you’ll find it here.

Story Grid Podcast

Helping you become a better writer. Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 25+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.

The Beautiful Writers Podcast

Writer Linda Sivertsen (aka Book Mama) brings together the world’s most beloved bestselling authors and creatives for monthly chats on writing, publishing, deal-making, spirituality, activism, and the art of romancing creativity.

These up-close conversations—with the likes of Dean Koontz, Tom Hanks, Gabby Bernstein, Brené Brown, Van Jones, Elizabeth Gilbert, Seth Godin, Glennon Doyle Melton, Robert McKee, Anne Lamott, Rob Bell, Dani Shapiro, Terry McMillan, Marianne Williamson, Steven Pressfield, Arianna Huffington, Martha Beck, Mary Karr, Gretchen Rubin, and so many others (including super agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, head of worldwide literary at William Morris Endeavor)—are a fan favorite, downloaded nearly 500,000 times and frequently profiled on “Best Podcast” lists and at the top of the Literature category on iTunes.

If you’ve ever wished you could sit down with your favorite writers to ask them how they do it, year after year, book after book (or album after album), consider this your new, not-so-guilty pleasure. Join Linda and her celebrity co-hosts (and original co-founder, Danielle LaPorte—also a recent guest and guest host) for deep, funny, powerful monthly interviews with authors and songwriters who have pulled it off—from breakout success to staying power.

Find heart-centered encouragement, street-smart advice, and insider success (and failure!) stories for every writer and creative type. Details of biggest mistakes, best shortcuts, behind-the-scenes agent, press, and publishing stories help you gain the courage to get your book, blog, ballad, or biz birthed into the world. Take your dreams from idea to done with us. The Beautiful Writers Podcast. Where inspiration is constant, and swearing, optional (although highly appreciated).

The Drunken Odyssey with John King: A Podcast About the Writing Life

Join author John King for eclectic interviews with writers from a variety of genres, including fiction writing, poetry, memoirs, and journalism. From literature to genre writing to the movies, all writing is up for discussion. In particular, The Drunken Odyssey features discussion of all aspects of the writing process—not just the published manuscript, pristinely presented to the entire literate world, but also the scrawled notes and tortured drafts that lead writers there. In long-form interviews, writers discuss their process and the way that writing has influenced their lives. Besides this interview, each episode also features a short memoir essay from a writer about a beloved book, plus John King responds to listener’s questions and observations about the writing (and the drinking) life.

The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins shares thoughts & ideas that will help you to pursue work that matters, make a difference with your art & discover your true voice!

The Writer Files

Kelton Reid studies the habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity. Tune in each week to learn how great writers keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid writer’s block.

The Writers Panel

The Writers Panel series is an informal chat moderated by Ben Blacker (co-creator of the Thrilling Adventure Hour; writer for Supah Ninjas, Supernatural, among others) with professional writers about the process and business of writing. Covering TV, film, comic books, music, novels, and any other kind of writing about which you’d care to hear. Proceeds from the live panels benefit 826LA, the national non-profit tutoring program.

Wordslinger Podcast

Kevin Tumlinson, Bestselling and Award-Winning Thriller Author, talks to authors and entrepreneurs to get their behind-the-scenes story. Each week, you can tune in to a full hour of wisdom and insight from some of the most intriguing people on the planet. It’s all about the story here.

Write Club The Podcast

A weekly show for aspiring writers, published authors and readers everywhere. Join Stephanie Rouse, Theresa Stoker, Heather Worsley , Linda Jack Werlein, Pat Woolfe & Nicola Cairncross each week where they’ll share guest readings and interviews, along with what they’re reading, what they’re writing, what it’s really like to be a writer. You can join in the weekly “Name the Novel” quiz and find out “What’s On The Bedside Table?”. If you like what you hear, come and join our community! Firstly, “Like” our FB Page using the link on this page, then join our lively private community in our Facebook Group (the link to that is on the FB Page).

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon

Writer’s Voice features author interviews and readings, as well as news, commentary and tips related to writing and publishing. We also talk with editors, agents, publicists and others about issues of interest to writers. Francesca Rheannon is producer and host of Writer’s Voice. She is a writer, an independent radio producer and a broadcast journalist.

Writing Class Radio

Writing Class Radio is for people who love stories and who get inspired by hearing other people tell their stories and who wants to learn a little bit about how to write their own stories. You’ll hear students write their way to the truth. And you’ll hear students trying to deal as we follow them outside of class and into their real lives. Plus you’ll hear all the juicy stuff that happens in writing class—resistance, crying, breakthroughs, connection. There’s no better way to understand ourselves and each other than by writing and telling our stories. Everyone has a story. What’s yours?

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Self Publishing Podcasts

Self-Publishing | Podcasts for Writers

Three years ago I wouldn’t have considered self-publishing a category of podcasts to include. Oh how times have changed. This mega trend has permeated the book publishing industry and is forcing change. It’s exciting times! Enjoy these top-rated podcasts and learn from the pros how to create a career from self-publishing.

Author Audience: Helping You Reach More People With Your Message

Shelley Hitz is on a mission to help you reach more people with your message because she believes every person has God-given gifts and abilities to impact the world. Each episode of Author Audience will be packed with ACTIONABLE training, spiritual inspiration, and encouragement for you to write, publish, and market your books. However, this podcast is not just about how to write and self-publish a book. It is so much more. Episodes also include topics on book marketing, social media marketing, how to sell more books, product creation, coaching, speaking, etc. Shelley’s passion is to help you connect with your audience in the best way possible. If you are a Christian author, Christian entrepreneur, or someone who simply wants to reach more people with your message, you’re in the right place! The question is, are you ready to let your light SHINE?

Book Marketing Show Podcast with Dave Chesson

Are you ready to increase your book sales, and hit the bestseller list consistently? Welcome to the Book Marketing Show, where in this weekly podcast Dave Chesson will not only show you some of the best book sales tactics but also bring on top-notch guests to show how each tactic taught here was a game changer for their books and how it can be for yours as well.

Having created one of the largest websites on book marketing, Kindlepreneur.com, he’s also been a book-marketing consultant for top NYT Bestselling authors in both Fiction and Non-fiction as well as helping big name publishing companies increase their sales. He’s been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and a multitude of book related websites across the net. So, tune in as you learn for free about the art to book marketing and how others are using these tactics to improve their sales and how you can too!

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

The Kobo Writing Life Podcast features exciting interviews with bestselling authors, tips on the craft and business of writing, and advice for successfully self-publishing. Millions of readers are waiting to discover your book.

Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula

Mark Dawson is a bestselling self-published author on multiple platforms including Amazon and Kobo. He is the author of the John Milton thriller series and its spin-off Beatrix Rose. In addition, he’s written several “Soho Noi” novels.

Mark’s breakthrough came when he developed a marketing strategy for promoting and selling his books. His swift success enabled him to quit his 9 to 5 job and he has generated gross revenues of more than a million dollars in less than five years. Mark has become a leading voice in the self publishing industry and he advocates and teaches a strategy based around offering books for free, mailing list development and social media advertising.

In 2015, he published the acclaimed online course “Facebook Ads for Authors.” That course now includes modules on Twitter and YouTube advertising and is constantly evolving. He has also developed a course for writers at the start of their careers—Self Publishing 101. James Blatch co-hosts the podcast and he represents the first time, wannabe author. James is a former BBC News journalist who is currently writing his first novel. Between them James and Mark explore the world of self publishing with a focus on actionable tips for new and experienced indie authors.

Sell More Books Show

Authors, are you struggling to get the word out about your books? Discover the latest book marketing and publishing news, tools and strategies. This is the Sell More Books Show with Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen. Every week you’ll get helpful tips and ideas to make your book sales soar.

Smarty Pants Book Marketing Podcast

The podcast that helps authors make sense of all the social media marketing options out there and gives practical tips on how to sell more books and build loyal fans with social media. Based on award-winning marketer Chris Syme’s 20+ years in marketing and bestselling indie author Becca Syme’s self-publishing journey, the show features successful self-published authors and book marketing experts weekly.

The Creative Penn Podcast

Information, inspiration and interviews on writing, self-publishing, book marketing and making a living with your writing.

The Story Studio Podcast – Writing, Storytelling, and Marketing Advice for Writers & Business

Stories turn songs into symphonies, events into memories, and lives into legends. In our crowded world, “knowing your story” cuts through the noise so you can make your mark — whether you want to sell more books, increase profits, or just make a difference. At Sterling & Stone, Story is our business. The Story Studio Podcast is where we explore ways we can all tell our stories better.

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Stories | Podcasts for Writers

Most of these podcasts are people telling stories or authors reading stories. These peripheral podcasts for writers contain some great storytelling tips and tricks we can all learn from.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants you to be happier too. The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s cohost and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer living in Los Angeles, who (lovingly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully. Part of the Panoply Network.

StoryCorps

Stories of the human heart. A candid, unscripted conversation between two people about what’s really important in life: love, loss, family, friendship. When the world seems out of hand, tune in to StoryCorps and be reminded of the things that matter most.

The Literary Salon

Damian Barr’s Literary Salon tempts the world’s best writers to read exclusively from their latest greatest works and share their own personal stories. Star guests have included Bret Easton Ellis, Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Helen Fielding, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières – all in front of a live audience at leading glamorous locations. Suave salonnière Damian Barr is your host. Don’t worry it’s not a book club—there’s no homework. Salon Selective! Produced by Russell Finch.

The Moth

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country.

There we go! I hope you can find some new and inspiring podcasts from this list of 50+ podcasts for writers. And if you have a favourite I haven’t listed please let me know in the comments. I’m ALWAYS looking for new podcasts for writers and I’d love to keep adding to this list.

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Looking for podcasts for writers? You're in the right place! Here are 50 of the most popular (and helpful) podcasts for writers. Updated for 2019.

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Jeff Herman’s Guide To Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents

If you want a lighthearted yet no-nonsense guide to traditional publishing, look no further than Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents.

No, really.

Jeff Herman's Guide To Book Publishers

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents, 28th edition: Who They Are, What They Want, How to Win Them Over

I love writers and publishers guides. They’re on my Christmas list every year. But this is the first one I’ve read cover to cover and come back for more. And that’s saying something.

Laid out like any other writers guide, there are essays and articles on writing advice, publishing information, and an introduction to planet literary agent before getting to the good stuff. The listings. Who’s buying, who’s selling, who’s looking for what and when. It’s all good stuff, and I can’t get enough.

Jeff Herman has a wonderful sense of humour, which helps make typical writing and publishing advice come alive and keeps the reader engaged. The listings follow an interesting format, with the agency or agent answering a series of questions. It gives you a good sense of who they are and what they do and each get equal space in the book.

Agent Questions

  • Describe the kinds of works you want to represent
  • Describe what you definitely don’t want to represent
  • How do you want writers to pitch to you?
  • Describe your education and professional history
  • How did you become an agent?
  • Knowing what you do now, would you do it again? If not, what might you do instead?
  • Do you charge fees? If yes, please explain
  • When and where were you born, and where have you lived?
  • What do you like to do when you’re not working?
  • List some of the titles you have recently placed with publishers
  • Describe your personality
  • What do you like reading/watching/listening to on your own time?
  • Do you think the business has changed a lot over the past few years? If yes, please explain
  • What do the “Big 5” mean to you?
  • How do you feel about independent/small presses?
  • What are your feelings about self-publishing?
  • Do you think Amazon is good or bad—or both—for the book business?
  • What do you like and dislike about your job?
  • What are ways prospective clients can impress you, and what are ways they can turn you off?
  • How would you describe the “writer from hell”?
  • Describe a book you would like to write
  • Do you believe in a higher and/or lower “power”?

Thorough, right?

There’s also a section dedicated to Canadian publishers, which I heart.

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents, 28th edition: Who They Are, What They Want, How to Win Them Over is available now from Amazon, Chapters, jeffherman.com and anywhere else you buy books.


Jeff Herman’s Guide To Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents synopsis

The Writer’s Best Friend and Bible!

Writers, agents, and editors all agree that Jeff Herman’s Guide is the must have, go-to reference for everyone who writes. This book will get you past the slush piles and into the hands of the people who have the power to publish.

Description

With Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents you will learn the names and contact information for hundreds of agents and editors, and will be given the “code” for how to win them over. More comprehensive than ever, this 21st edition will give you all the insider information you need to get published, including how to write knockout pitch letters and proposals, as well as an expanded Canadian section.

If you want a lighthearted yet no-nonsense guide to publishing, look no further than Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents.

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Discover Your Ideal Reader

No matter if you’re a freelance writer or an author, knowing who your ideal reader is will make a huge difference to your writing career.

Ideal Reader

What is an Ideal Reader?

This is a fictional persona to whom your writing will most appeal. While this is not a scientific process, creating a profile helps you write with purpose and enables you to craft elements into your writing that surprises and delights this person.

Your ideal reader represents who you are writing to. It’s one person, not many people. This is a specific process and if you do it right, your ideal reader will come alive in your mind.

What this means is you need to figure out who your ideal reader is, what his or her interests are, and why your ideal reader reads. Your most important question is why will your ideal reader be interested in your book? Whatever the why, all readers have one
and it’s your job to discover it for your ideal reader.

Your Ideal Reader is Your Biggest Fan

When you know who you’re writing to it gives your writing purpose and direction. This may seem like a strange exercise to go through but trust me, it’s a key step. Even if it’s a loose definition, think about the person (real or fictional) who would most be interested in reading your work.

ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS

  • What does this person tend to focus on?
  • On social media, what does your ideal reader like sharing about?
  • From what you can gather, what does he/she most need/want/desire?

Once you know the answers to those initial questions answer this one: what problem are you solving for your ideal reader through your writing?

Through thinking about your ideal reader you should have a few words and phrases jotted down. Take a look and add a few more words to the page. This time, write down things about your ideal reader. Noting things like hopes, dreams, challenges or family dynamics can help you paint a picture. It can be vague or specific, long or short. Just jot down as much as you can think of in a five-minute period.

Look at the list you came up with and compare it to your first one—are you seeing a character emerge? Write a biography for this person—whatever comes to mind with as much detail as you can include. Remember, this is a creative exercise. You’re trying to imagine who the person is who can’t wait to read what you write. The more human you can make this person, the better.

Here are a few marketing applications

In essence, marketing your writing is simple—put your writing in front of the people who will love it. If you have an idea of who your ideal reader is then finding those (real life) people is a lot easier. The more you know, the better.

  • What stores do they shop in? Now you know where to sell your work
  • Where do they hang out? Now you know where to hold workshops or readings
  • What is their favourite social media platform? Now you know where you need to be online
  • What are their biggest fears? Now you know how to help them
  • What do they care most about? Now you know how to relate to them
  • What type of marketing will they best respond to? Now you know what you need to do

There are a lot of ways you can find your ideal reader (or book buyer, or ideal client, etc.) so it’s important not just to parrot what you see others doing online but to find something that works for you and feels natural.

No matter if you're a freelance writer or an author, knowing who your ideal reader is will make a huge difference to your writing career.

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