A week of depression hit, followed by finals week, so I’m still not done with my new fiction book, but I’m getting close. I did finish my non-fiction book, Audio for Authors by Joanna Penn. Highly recommended for anyone of the writerly persuasion curious about doing audiobooks—how to do it, why to do it, etc—podcasting—why to do it, types of podcasts, etc—or using voice technology—AI, voice assistants, dictation, etc. I loved this book and I’ll be rereading it. (Also, if you want more of this kind of information, check out intro and futurist segments of Joanna’s podcast, The Creative Penn.)
I’m still working my way through my new book, so here’s a collection of podcasts that focus more on the business side of being a writer—important for both indies and traditionally published authors to know, since either way, being a published author means being a small business owner. Also, I’ve posted about most these podcasts somewhere before, but not in in a collection with this focus, so I’m doing it anyway.
The Creative Penn is hosted by Joanna Penn, a veteran of indie publishing. Her podcasts interview other authors, both fiction and non-fiction, and they discuss everything. Continue reading “Podcasts on the Business of Writing”
Ask the Bards is a podcast for writers by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson, both New York Times bestselling authors. I’ve read and loved their jointly authored Tales of Pell series, so I decided to check out the podcast. It’s only two episodes in, as of this writing, but I’m enjoying it. They cover both the writing and business sides of being an author, with the advice—at least so far—being geared for beginning authors. If you want to ask them a question, you can hit them up on Twitter with the hashtag #askthebards .
UPDATE: Ask the Bards has stopped at 14 episodes, but if you want to hear authors plot a book live, in real time, they do that for three episodes and those especially are worth the listen.
I’m about a quarter of the way through Dracula (the original book by Bram Stoker)—it’s longer than I remembered—and hope to review that next week or the week after. So in the meantime, here’s some more podcasts for writers.
I Should Be Writing, a podcast by Mur Lafferty for beginning writers. It consists of Mur’s observations, interviews with other authors, and her own journey as a writer. It’s a clean podcast—no swearing—and only the backlist from episode 264 onward (at time of this writing) is available for free. If you want to go further back than that, you need to subscribe to Mur’s Patreon. But it’s a long running podcast, up to 414 episodes (again, as of this writing), so there’s a lot to sink your teeth into. Continue reading “More Podcasts for Writers”
Shedunnit, by Caroline Crampton, is a podcast about the stories behind the Golden Age of mystery stories and detective novels, which took place in the Interwar period . The podcast goes into the lives and histories of the authors themselves, as well as surrounding events, social climates, themes, etc. that shaped the Cozy Mystery .
With each episode coming in at around twenty minutes, and a list of books mentioned, each topic gets a nice introduction and some exploration while still leaving plenty to suss out if a particular topic takes your fancy.
I know I’ve linked to these podcasts previously separately, but I figured I should put them all in one place. That, and they’re really good and all deserve another shout out.
Hosted by Joanna Penn, an indie author and entrepreneur. In the first part of the podcast, she disseminates the latest developments in technology etc that impacts indie authors. Then the second part is an interview with an author. Continue reading “Podcasts for Writers”
It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’m still working on that doorstopper of a book, but I just forgot to watch a movie this week to review. So here are some more links to some of my favorite sites.
The Creative Penn has an excellent blog and podcast. The podcast, which I’ve been working my way through in reverse chronological order, currently has over four-hundred casts, most of which are approximately one hour long. So a nice long listen. Continue reading “Yet More Tangential Links”
Overly Sarcastic Productions is a simply animated Youtube channel hosted by Red and Blue, who recap classic literature—like the Iliad and Beowulf and Paradise Lost—Shakespeare, legends and myths, and history in an informative and amusing way.
The first playlist I went through is Red’s Trope Talks! These are videos where Red talks tropes. Though she references Tvtropes.org on occasion, I don’t believe she’s affiliated with them. One of my favorite of these videos is Red’s take on Romantic Subplots—I totally agree with all her points. She also talks beginnings, Evil Empires, Paragons, the Five Man Band, and the Power of Friendship, to name a few. As of this writing, there are twenty-two videos in the Trope Talks! playlist. I plan to watch them all again when I get through the rest of Red and Blue’s videos, which currently number about two hundred. Continue reading “Overly Sarcastic Productions—History, Myths, and All Kinds of Good Stuff”
My apologies for not having a proper post—I’ve been fighting with my depression again and it’s hard to get motivated to do even things I love, like read. I’m almost done with my book but just couldn’t get it read in time for tonight’s post. So instead, here’s a fun podcast.
Mycreants (whom I’ve recommended before) has started recording the one-shot games they do in order to review game systems. It was a fun story, with psychic communist space dolphins and capitalist bugs and mercenary humans having to work together to save the galaxy. The game they reviewed/played this time is FAITH.
Sorry to report that I’m still not feeling up to a normal UnBook Report. I’m still adjusting to the new meds and still in the middle of a massive project, and also it’s my birthday and my gift to myself was to just relax. But of course I don’t want to leave you with nothing, so I thought I’d share my new hobby—listening to podcasts. …Look, I’m slow to pick up on new things. The first two podcasts analyze stories and the second two are stories. I hope you find something new to enjoy.
Mythcreants Podcast—Geeky Conversation
If you read my last post, the Mythcreants should sound familiar. I love their articles and am loving their podcast just as much. I’m not very far in (there are 72 at time of writing) but the Mythcreants Podcast has been my go-to means of relaxing this last week; I listened to two today.
The Mythcreants podcast’s topics of discussion are as broad as the topics covered by their articles. I like the conversational nature between the three…authors? Narrators? I’m not sure of the correct terminology here. But listening to this podcast feels like I’m hanging out with friends. Because yes, this is the kind of stuff I discuss with my friends. What can I say? I’m a story-geek. Continue reading “The Un-Book Reporter’s Four Favorite Podcasts So Far”