Podcasts are more relevant than ever. As an author you likely have a story to tell, expertise to share, and a unique perspective to discuss. You may want to consider creating a podcast as a vehicle for reaching readers and strengthening your platform. Here’s a beginner’s guide on how to start your own author-hosted podcast.
What is a Podcast?
A podcast is an audio file that can be streamed and distributed through the internet. This format can include talk shows, radio shows, interviews, lectures, and more, covering a wide variety of topics. One of the main benefits of podcasts is that they can be accessed on demand, meaning listeners can tune in at their convenience.
The first step in starting a podcast is similar to writing and publishing a book—you have to set goals and understand what it takes to reach them:
For most authors, those days when they could write their book, hand it to their agent, and let the publisher do the work of writing, editing, publishing, distributing, and marketing it is long gone. Authors today are turning to self-publishing to get their work into the hands of readers. In addition to wearing their writer’s hat, self-published authors need to do just about everything that goes into packaging, marketing, and selling books, like building an author platform. And one of the most powerful ways to build an author platform today is through social media. Social media lets authors engage directly with readers and build a tribe of loyal fans from just about every country on earth.
Here are 10 social media strategies successful authors use to engage with readers — and sell more books: Read More