10 of the Best Podcasts for Writers and Readers

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Best Podcasts for Writers and ReadersLearn About Writing, Self-Publishing, New Books and More – Free

Podcasts are a great (and free!) way to learn new skills, catch up on trends in publishing, learn more about your favorite authors and hear the perspectives of readers. But where do you find the best podcasts for writers? The best podcasts for book lovers? The best podcasts for self-publishing? The term “podcast” has been in use for only 10 years, but it seems like there are literally millions of them to choose from. With limited time (and patience) how do you find the most valuable, useful and interesting book-related podcasts? We’ve done it for you! Below are some of the best of the best podcasts for writers, readers and for anyone interested in books. Enjoy!

The Best Podcasts on Writing

The Writing University Podcasts

The Writing University Podcast LogoRun by the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, arguably the most influential and prestigious writing program in the…

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Make the Most of Your Post.

As usual, another great tip from a good friend: I’m not repeating the tip; you have to read it for yourself, right here or on ronovanwrites. His writing is always worth reading.


Yesterday was #BeWoW day here on Ronovan Writes.

What does that #BeWoW mean? Be Writing on Wednesday to Be Wonderful on Wednesday and make the world a better place to visit. That means no negativity, inflammatory, or derogatory writing.

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A long time ago I began a focused effort to write positive posts of encouragement and inspiration. I used #BeWoW as the hashtag that day and thus was born #BeWoW day.

If you have something you’ve written, be that a poem, flash fiction, advice, or some other kind of post I haven’t mentioned and it isn’t something negative or derogatory then share by linking back to the #BeWoW post of that day here on Ronovan Writes or Pasting your link into the comments of that post, and use the #BeWoW hashtag on Twitter.

Are you liking the idea? Are you worried you’ll forget? I am thinking of going back to putting…

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Pixar’s Rules of Storytelling

How fun can it get? Tapping your inner child to write?

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Pixar's Rules of Storytelling22 Secrets of a Great Story Line from Animation’s Greatest Storyteller

Pixar Animation Studios, the American computer animation film studioknown for its CGI-animated feature films, knows a thing or two about how to tell a compelling story. From it’s first film, 1995’s “Toy Story” to “Monsters, Inc.” to “Finding Nemo” and it’s most recent release, “Inside Out,” the animation giant continues to create blockbusters that thrill both children and adults.

How do you create a story line that becomes an instant classic? A Pixar story artist, Emma Coats, recently tweeted a series of “story basics” learned from her work with Pixar. Below are the 22 guidelines for story and plot – Pixar’s guide to storytelling.

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

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Authors/Bloggers Share Your Work Here!

Here’s another great chance to share your work. Come on, you can do it. Go for it!



It’s that time again.

Please share your book(s) &/or blog links now through October 3rd!

For those that are new to this post: Once a month I invite fellow authors &/or bloggers to share their novels and blogs. I invite everyone to post links to their personal websites, other social accounts, or advertise a link to BUY (if applicable). Use this space to BRAG about your blog or what you have published! Be proud of your hard-work & not embarrassed to self-promote!

If you have a book for sale (or upcoming)- I will add your book to my list of “authors to read” by the genre – See example here: Authors to Read!

For those who have posted before: Feel free to advertise again. Or- if you have a different book you would like me to add to the list (or different link to buy)- please include it.


Title. Genre.  Release date (if not out…

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Did you want ME to interview YOU? Let’s get started!

If you want you (and your work) to get noticed, here’s a good chance to be interviewed.

Dan Alatorre

Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me!

If you want to do an author interview or author profile where I ask you questions and you answer them, it’s EASY!

(Authors interviews will be with people who have books for sale, but profiles can be of anyone, published or not, and other than that they’re about the same. So bloggers and newbie authors, you aren’t being left behind.)


A brief explanation of what’s involved is HERE

First, pick 10-20 questions from the list below that you like and want you to answer, plus one or two bonus questions, along with a few of your own that you want readers to know but I didn’t ask. Skim over the list, we’ll be adding to it all the time.


Send the questions with your witty, interesting answers to me at my email address or use the CONTACT ME button


Then I’ll go over them…

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