The 29 Best Self-Publishing Podcast Episodes of All Time

Change your life.

Rose Ernst
Jun 20, 2019 · 5 min read
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My life changed when I discovered independent publishing in December 2017.

Since then, I’ve published seven mysteries, one non-fiction book, and have two more in the pipeline. I’ve sold over 5,500 copies and given away 40,000.

And I owe it all to Joanna Penn. The host of the Creative Penn Podcast.

Joanna’s upbeat and informative episodes convinced me to finish my mystery, hire a professional editor, and publish it on multiple platforms. At first, I just wanted to publish it.

Then I caught the writing and publishing bug. And I’ve never looked back.

Now I listen to Joanna every week, plus a range of other indie publishing podcasts.

I’d like to share these podcasts, as well as my favorite episodes of all time.

See also David Kadavy’s great article about self-publishing, particularly if you have any ego hangups about it. Here is a podcast version of the article.

Here’s the list. It’s numbered, but not ranked. The episode titles are self-explanatory.

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  1. The Creative Penn: The Rollercoaster Of Traditional And Indie Publishing With Sean Black
  2. Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast: 138: Trad vs. Indie for New Authors, How Marketing Has Evolved, and Starting Your Own Press with Kevin J. Anderson
  3. Self-publishing Roundtable: 32: Hugh Howey and Author Earnings [old but worth it!]
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4. The Author Biz: 68: Zero to $10k Per Month in 90 Days, with Michael Anderle

5. The Author Biz: 111: Staying Persistent on the Path to Self-Publishing Success — with Wayne Stinnett

6. The Creative Penn: Build A Fulltime Writing Career Slowly With Lindsay Buroker

7. The Petal to the Metal [Now the Writer’s Well]: 3: When is the best time to make the jump to “full-time” writer?

6. Rocking Self Publishing: 167 — Diversifying Your Income with Rachael Herron

7. Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast: 176: Launching Well as a New Author, Writing Quickly, and Keeping the Momentum Going [Jasmine Walt]

8. Self Publishing Roundtable: 143 — Interview with prolific author Amanda M. Lee [Wacky and Wonderful interview. Stick with it.]

9. The Self Publishing Show: 93: From Teacher to Writer in One Year — with Cecelia Mecca

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26. How Do You Write: 126: Hank Phillipi Ryan on How to Keep Pacing Tight

27. Kevin Tumlinson’s Wordslinger Podcast: Writing Into the Dark with Dean Wesley Smith

28. The Self Publishing Roundtable: 115 — Building Worlds with Chrishaun Keller Hanna

29. SPA Girls Podcast: 191 — Seven-Figure Success With Skye Warren [Special for Pantsers]

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The list could be so much longer! Here’s a (relatively) comprehensive list of other indie podcasts you’ll want to check out:

Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach

AskAlli: Self-Publishing Advice

The Author Biz [Finished]

Author Like a Boss Podcast

The Bestseller Experiment

Book Faces Live

The Career Author

Create if Writing

The Creative Penn Podcast

Helping Writers Become Authors

How Do You Write

Keystroke Medium

Kobo Writing Life

The Misfit’s Guide to Writing Romance

The Prolific Writer

Relentless Authors Advertise

The Rocking Self Publishing Podcast [Finished]

Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast [Paused]

Self Publishing Journeys

Self Publishing Roundtable [Finished]

The Self Publishing Show

The Sell More Books Show

SPA Girls Podcast

Stark Reflections on Writing & Publishing

The Story Grid Podcast

The Story Studio

The Worried Writer

The Writer’s Journey

The Writer’s Well

Wordslinger Podcast

You can write a book.

You can self publish.

Half the fun is learning how to do it on your own.

Happy listening.

Dr. Rose Ernst was chair and associate professor of political science until she decided to pursue writing and editing full time. She is now an academic editor and consultant who loves to support scholars in sharing their brilliance with the world. Find her at roseernst.net. Sign up for her email list here.

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Rose Ernst

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Academic editor and writing consultant. Former tenured professor and chair of political science. Happy fiction author. Find her at roseernst.net.

The Startup

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Rose Ernst

Written by

Academic editor and writing consultant. Former tenured professor and chair of political science. Happy fiction author. Find her at roseernst.net.

The Startup

Medium's largest active publication, followed by +709K people. Follow to join our community.

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