Stepping into Learning

A few years back I dipped my toe into indie publishing by publishing a few books that had done well in contests, including winning RWA’s Golden Heart, and that had gotten good feedback from publishers. They just didn’t happen to find the right spot at the right publishing house at the right time. I also got the rights back to my first two young adult romances and repackaged and republished those. But the name of the game in indie publishing is series, and none of these books were related to each other. But now I am planning a series (the super secret project I’ve mentioned before) to indie publish, so I’m in full-on learning the latest about the indie marketplace mode. I read articles, posts on private author groups, and I listen to a lot of podcasts.

Each morning I’ve been starting out my day by walking for an hour while listening to podcasts. This combination of activities serves many purposes:

1. I get in my exercise first thing so I don’t put it off and risk just not doing it at all. And exercise is very important for writers since we have such a sedentary career and sitting too much can lead to a whole host of health issues. Speaking as someone who lost both of her parents to heart disease, I’d like to avoid that if possible.

2. It puts my brain in business/writing mode first thing so that it’s there before I ever sit down at the computer.

3. Listening to the podcasts make the walk go faster. It’s like when you go on a road trip and it goes faster if you have someone to talk to or an audiobook to listen occupy your mind.

4. Listening while exercising increases the amount of valuable information I’m learning and can put to use as I prepare to launch a new series later next year.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite writing podcasts here and invite you to share some of yours. I’m always looking for new ones.

The Creative Penn — Joanna Penn is just so peppy and optimistic that she puts me in a good mood while also having great guests. Listening to her updates about her own career are inspirational.

The Self-Publishing Podcast — Hosted by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, and David Wright. Be warned, they don’t filter their language, but they’re funny while sharing interesting info and useful takes on the business.

The Book Marketing Show — This is a newer podcast, hosted by Dave Chesson, the founder of Kindlepreneur. I discovered this show while taking Chesson’s free online course on Amazon’s AMS ads.

The Well — This isn’t a writing podcast but rather one that is more generally about creative inspiration. It’s co-hosted by filmmaker Branan Edgens and actor Anson Mount from Hell on Wheels and Inhumans.

The Pivot Podcast — I started listening to this podcast by author Jenny Blake after I took a webinar with her on her Pivot Method. It seemed like a good fit because I’m pivoting my career right now.

I’ve bookmarked a number of other podcasts I want to check out, such as the Sell More Books Show, Mark Dawson’s Self-Publishing Formula, the Kobo Writing Life podcast, and Smart Passive Income. Are there any other writing podcasts out there I shouldn’t miss?

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