What a better way for a busy author to learn about the craft and stay up to date about publishing business than listening to podcasts on the go? I for sure have learned a lot listening to podcasts while walking through Sydney, or clanking through Helsinki on a tram.

With this post, I want to bow to the masters behind these excellent podcasts, which have helped me on my journey as an author, and at the same time, help others find these awesome sources of information and inspiration. And here's the list:

1. Writing Excuses

Contrary to their slogan "Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart," these folks are super smart. Every fifteen-minute episode is packed with more insight than many hour-long a podcast. Writing Excuses is almost purely about craft, and my go-to podcast to listen, and re-listen, as even the early episodes from 2008 are as relevant today as they were back then. The show is hosted by Brandon SandersonHoward TaylerDan Wells, and Mary Robinette Kowal.

2. I Should Be Writing

Mur Lafferty's podcast was the first one I started listening to back in 2010, when it already had been online for years, and it's still going strong today. Personally, I like the candid nature of Mur's talks and interviews about the life as a writer, with its ups and downs, and the mental aspects of making it as an author. She covers also craft and business aspects.

3. The Creative Penn Podcast

Joanna Penn's podcast was a random listen to me when I was writing my first books. There is less craft and a lot of business – i.e. publishing, marketing, legal, etc. – which made it easy for me to pass most episodes when I just had to write and improve my craft. Now however, for me as a published indie author, this is one of the most valuable podcasts, and I listen to almost every episode.

4. Self Publishing Podcast

The guys from Sterling and Stone – Johnny B. Truant, David Wright, and Sean Platt – talk about everything relating making it as an indie author, whether it's about increasing your writing speed, finding the best Amazon keywords, or collaborating with cover artists. It's one of the newer ones on my list, quite chatty (contrary to Writing Excuses), but relevant in a way it feels almost like a virtual writing group.

5. Sell More Books Show

Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen host a podcast with a prosaic name – it's all about how to sell more books online. There's a lot of discussion, but the format is clearly structured, and especially the news segment provides not only the relevant news (e.g. collaboration between Draft2Digital and Findaway Voices on audiobook services for non-US authors), but also background, insights and discussion of things behind the news. If you want to sell more books, you know what to do...

And bubbling under, other good podcasts for authors (in alphabetical order):

What are your favourite writing podcasts?