5 Podcasts That Will Make You A Smarter Indie Author

michaeldaleI make no secret that I’m a student of the industry. I’m always looking to learn more and get smarter, and the easiest way to do that is to simply observe those more successful than me.

Earlier this year, I really started to zero in on podcasts. I figured I may as well spend those 45 minutes during my daily commute to make myself smarter.

And let me tell you, I’ve listened to A TON. Some amazing. Some life changing. And some that make me wish I could “pull a Cher” and turn back time to invest those minutes somewhere else.

In the end, I firmly believe that these Podcasts have made me a smarter author, marketer, business woman, and human.

So to help all my friends out there looking for a bit of guidance on where to start, I wanted to share my 5 Favorite Podcasts with you …

1. Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis (formerly known as Dais Podcast)

You guys. YOU. GUYS. If you haven’t experienced Rachel Hollis in your ears giving you life lessons and motivation, then you must be living under a rock. Sure, Rach my go to gal whenever I need a pep talk, but the business content she puts into the universe is so incredibly helpful! Her guests range from all walks of life and I manage to take something unique from every single episode, even when she’s interviewing someone who’s not directly in the publishing industry. Sometimes it’s a tip to improve my Instagram strategy (her episode from May 21st reignited my entire IG approach) or an interview with an international best selling author (I’m looking at you, Anna Todd) or even fireside chats successful Side Hustlers who built an empire (I know you’ve heard of Erin Condren).

The point is … is this podcast is fun, relatable, and a must-listen for anyone creating content and in need of some fresh, uplifting ideas. Plus, it’ll leave you feeling like you can conquer the world before bedtime.

Listen here.

2. The Author Biz with Stephen Campbell

What I love about this podcast is that it primarily focuses on success stories from indie authors at all parts of their publishing journey. Stephen covers everything from the creative process to marketing to going wide, and it’s impossible not to feel like you can achieve similar success.

Even better is that Stephen has setup an online group on Facebook to help build up authors and share knowledge. So the conversation (and knowledge) push well beyond the podcast.

Listen here.

3. The Business Boutique

Recently I’ve been on a Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze kick (and Rachel Hollis is partially to blame). And it was through them that I was introduced to Christy Wright of the Business Boutique. Her podcast targets women who want to make money doing what they love.

It doesn’t matter if you want to write books or make shoes or create your own line of baskets you’ve woven underwater, The Business Boutique has grown into a community of like-minded women with proven advice on how to successfully launch your career.

Listen here.

4. Talking Audiobooks with Casey Trowbridge

If you’ve ever thought about falling into the rabbit hole of audiobooks, I highly recommend looking into the Talking Audiobooks with Casey Trowbridge podcast. Yes, he does audiobook reviews, but what I think makes this podcast so unique is how he interviews narrators and the occasional author. Those interviews provide a lot of insight on the business side of the audiobook industry. So whether you plan on producing your own audiobook via ACX, testing the waters with a Royalty Share, or working with an agent to sell the rights to your audiobook, the experiences shared by those interviewed are worth the listen.

Listen here.

5. The Side Hustle Show

Exactly as it sounds. This podcast is all about the business of your side hustle. If you’re like me and have a full time job in addition to a family and writing, I think you’d find some great tools and insights in The Side Hustle Show.

Listen here.


Interesting how only two of my favorite podcasts are industry specific, right? That’s because there is so much freakin’ knowledge beyond our little corner of the publishing industry that can be applied into new strategies for indies.

Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones do you love? Leave a comment below and let me know! While you’re at it, be sure to click the blue button at the bottom of the page to follow me, sign up to receive an alert in your email inbox anytime I have a new blog post go live, or check out the authors helping authors series here on my blog!

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