If you haven't jumped on the podcast bandwagon yet, I absolutely encourage you to hop on. Podcasts are a great way to get some information, inspiration, or entertainment while you run errands, commute, do your laundry, etc. I listen to a variety of podcasts, including several on entrepreneurship and business development. One of my recent favorites has been Being Boss.
Being Boss is hosted by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon, two friends and creative entrepreneurs who host a podcast on starting and running your own business. I can hear the writers disengaging already, but as I've said in previous posts, I think that writers have a lot to learn from creative entrepreneurs. In particular, entrepreneurs have great tips on productivity, inspiration, and building an authentic community around your creative endeavors.
This podcast has a great mix of interviews with entrepreneurs, advice and inspiration, and episodes that answer audience questions on specific topics. Not every episode is going to be relevant to writers, but I generally find them to be interesting, informative, and inspiring. Hearing about people proactively chasing their dreams, running their own businesses, and pursuing their creative endeavors energizes me to pursue my own passions.
I am still working my way through all of the back episodes (there is a ton of content to get through), but I think there are several episodes that will be of special interest to writers. In particular, episode #145 - NaNoWriMo & Writing Your Story with Grant Faulkner was interesting to me. This episode interviews the founder of NaNoWriMo and provides some great advice for writers, including owning the title of "writer," no matter where you are in your writing process.
Writers might also love episode #130 - Getting a Book Agent with Laura Lee Mattingly. This episode interviews a book agent on what exactly a book agent does and getting that elusive book deal in a traditional publishing market. To clarify, this episode is not specific to fiction writing, but I did still find it to be a great inside look on at least one section of the book industry.
Beyond the writing specific episodes, there are great episodes on more general topics like episode #119 - Comparison and Envy, which deals with those derailing feelings many writers struggle with. There are a variety of full-length episodes, interviews, and minisodes, which I absolutely encourage you to check out.
If you are already a fan of Being Boss or if you decided to check it out because of this post, let me know what your favorite episodes have been in the comments below. Happy listening!