9 Of The Best Writing Podcasts For Authors In 2020

Writing Podcasts for Authors

Podcasts for writers are a welcome guiding light in the ever-changing world of writing and publishing.

Finding a publishing company isn’t the only way to get your work out there anymore. You self-publish your book and create your own platform for marketing and selling it.

Self-publishing has been a game-changer for aspiring authors who don’t want to wait for gatekeepers to give them permission to share their writing.

But publishing your own book means you need to lead the charge and understand all of the steps involved in writing, editing, formatting, cover design, and setting up your book on Amazon.

That’s where writing podcasts come in.

Authors anywhere can find high quality mentoring and hundreds of useful tips in these practical (and free!) resources. Podcasts about writing and self-publishing deliver some of the most valuable ideas and insights you can find if you take the time to tune in.

Whether you’re an experienced author or a self-published indie writer, I’m sure you will find invaluable aid and encouragement in nine of the best writing podcasts we hand-picked just for you.

9 Of The Best Writing Podcasts For Authors

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12 Best Self-Publishing Companies For Your Writing Business

You’ve spent weeks writing, rewriting, and polishing your manuscript.

Now, you have it in book form — thoroughly edited, artfully formatted, and wrapped in a gorgeous cover. Because you’ve chosen to self-publish.

And while thousands of self-published authors sell 300 or fewer copies of their books, you know hundreds sell them in the thousands, because they’ve learned how to market them.

You intend to be one of those authors, and you’re doing your homework. 

Because we’re all about successful self-publishing, we’ve created this detailed list of the 12 best self-publishing companies. Read on to learn what you need to know — including why you should self-publish in the first place.

The Six Best Reasons You Should Self-Publish

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What Happened To Createspace?

What Happened to CreateSpace?

CreateSpace used to be the print-on-demand service of choice for self-publishing authors who wanted a paperback option listed on the same Amazon page as their published ebook.

They made it so easy! And they even provided helpful resources like the following:

Interior book templates (to make formatting a cinch)
Book cover templates — to make it easier to get the spine width and other measurements right
Helpful articles on book formatting and cover design
Professional assistance with formatting and cover design (for a price)


Not only that, but CreateSpace had expanded distribution to help you get your paperback into libraries and brick-and-mortar bookstores, as well as booksellers all over the world.

And they gave authors the option of ordering a printed proof of their book before publishing it.

When KDP Print first came onto the P.O.D. scene, they didn’t have the same distribution options, nor did they offer a printed proof; if you liked what you saw on the virtual book previewer, you published it and hoped for the best.

When the rumors started going around about KDP Print, you probably heard questions from your fellow authors like “Is CreateSpace closing?” and comments like “But CreateSpace works fine.

Why change things? KDP is for ebooks!”

And when CreateSpace started making some noise about stepping aside for KDP Print, folks were asking, “What happened to CreateSpace? What went wrong? And what if KDP Print isn’t as good?”

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List Of Standard Books Sizes To Make The Right Size Selection

Standard Book Sizes

So, you have a finished book, and you’re wanting to publish a paperback (or hardback) option for your readers. But what size should you choose for it?

Should you go with the average book size for your genre, or should you base your decision on your book’s word count and go with the size that will cost the least to print?

For example, maybe you were thinking of 5.5” by 8.5”, but the page count would be so high, you’d pay over a dollar more per copy (according to KDP’s printing cost calculator) than you would if you chose a 6” by 9” trim size. So, you’d have to set the price higher to get the same amount in royalties.

Standard book sizes for the publishing industry give you the best clue as to how to move forward on this. But you’ll also want to consider the following:

  • Typical book sizes for your genre
  • The book size you particularly like for books in your chosen genre
  • Distribution options for each book size
  • The maximum price you want to charge for each copy
  • The minimum royalty you want to earn from each copy

If the average book in your genre, for example, costs under $10, you may want to choose a book size that ensures you’ll earn at least $2 per copy at this price. Once you’ve determined the page count for each trim size, you can use those values to calculate the printing costs for the options you’re considering.

Also, if you choose the “extended distribution” option with KDP, make sure your price is well above the cost of printing and distribution. You’ll have to set the price a few dollars higher than you would for standard (Amazon) distribution.

With Ingram Spark, you’ll also input a wholesale discount for booksellers (55% is a standard minimum if you want to see your book on bookstore shelves). To calculate price per book and your royalty (“publisher compensation”), use the calculator on their website.

But there’s more to choosing the right book size than calculating your royalties.

Why Size Matters

The trim size is one of the main determining factors for your book’s page count. Other factors include margins, font type and size, and line spacing.

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12 Of The Best Writing Websites To Inspire You To Write

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Would you like to connect with other writers while you learn how to improve your writing skills and create books that will sell?

Writing websites aren’t a new thing, but there are so many out there on the world wide web, and it can be hard to know which ones are really worth your time.

So, we’ve curated this list of twelve top writing websites to help you grow as a writer.

Some are writing blogs written by passionate and knowledgeable authors; others are writing websites with resources to help you further develop your writing skills and connect with other creative thinkers.

Some will challenge the way you think, leading you down a rabbit hole of brilliance and unconventional insight. Others will offer practical advice on how to not only create a book you’ll be proud of but also to make sure it actually sells.

So, when you’re not actually writing, take some time to check out the following links and bookmark the ones you’ll want to spend more time with.

Top Writing Websites to Inspire and Motivate

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25 Of The Best Books On Writing

Best Books on Writing

Looking for books to hone your skills as a writer? Maybe you’re looking for the perfect gift for a writer you know whose library of the craft needs some new powerhouse additions. No matter what reason you have to shop for books (and do you really need one, anyway?), this list shares the titles of … Read more

Should You Italicize Book Titles?

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Do you ever stop mid-sentence to ask yourself, “Should I italicize or quote book titles?”

It’s a fair question, and it deserves a thoughtful answer. Since you want to be a good writer, you need to know these things, and wondering, “Are books italicized?” means you are paying attention to the important details of your craft.

You might also have the following questions:

  • “Should I italicize this article title or use quotation marks?”
  • “Are books underlined or italicized – or does it matter which one I use?”
  • “Should I put this song in italics if it’s a hit single with its own album?”

Hence this article. When it comes to any rule for writing, we’re huge fans of keeping it simple and easy to remember.

Strictly speaking, the question of whether to italicize or use quotation marks is a matter of style; the rules governing the usage of both can change.

But for some time — roughly since computers took the place of typewriters for word processing — writers have used italics (rather than underlines or quotes) to set off the titles of what the MLA (Modern Language Association) style guide calls “containers.”

Each container is a larger work made up of smaller components.

So, do you italicize book titles? The short answer is yes. The longer answer — the one with more nuance and some research — is just up ahead.

(Sidebar: If you’d like to learn our strategies for writing a bestselling book, then I suggest checking out our free checklist, which is the exact 46-point guide we’ve used to sell one million copies of our books.)

Rule of Thumb for Writing Book Titles

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