Podcasts for editors

Podcasts for editors

One of my favourite ways to keep up to date with what other freelance editorial pros are doing is to listen to their podcasts. This is one of many strands in my continuing professional development, and is something I can do when I’m not at my desk. If you’ve never made a roast dinner while learning about how to deal with freelance writing clients, you haven’t lived!

So, which podcasts are on my must-listen list? Let’s take a look.

PS. These are in alphabetical order – there’s no order of preference. Do try them all!


Content Marketing Academy

I’m including this podcast because I think it’s really important that freelance editorial pros take their marketing seriously.

Producing content – blog posts, presentations, podcasts, you name it – is one of the best ways of getting your name out there and setting yourself up as an authority in your field. As has often been said, a great route to success online is to build the ‘like, know and trust’ factor.

The presenter, Chris Marr, shares lots of useful content marketing tips in this podcast – it’s well worth a listen.

Loads of helpful marketing tips

I recently discovered this podcast via a friend’s blog, and over the past month have caught up with all of the back episodes. There’s so much useful content marketing advice here, and Chris has done a great job of presenting the topics clearly. I’m delighted to have found this pod. Good work, Chris!

19 July 2016 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Hit Publish

At the time of writing, this podcast is on hiatus – but don’t let that stop you catching up on the ton of back episodes. The host, Amy Harrison, gets her message across with the help of some very funny sketches. If you enjoy British humour, this is the podcast for you.

I can’t wait for this podcast to find a new digital home so that it can get going again.

Should you burn through the content and want even more, do check out AmyTV on YouTube.

Where’s the review?

I would happily leave this pod a review on iTunes, but it’s not currently listed there, because of the hiatus.

Never mind. The show still deserves all five of these:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Hot Copy

A fun and insightful look at the copywriter’s life, by copywriters Kate Toon and Belinda Weaver. The presenters have a great connection and the show is full of light-hearted banter, but don’t think that means the pod is light on content: far from it. Kate and Belinda are highly experienced and provide a stack of insightful advice for copywriters and editors.

Helpful, accessible and just fun

Why didn’t I know about this podcast six months ago? I’ve just binge-listened (that’s a thing, right?) to 11 episodes and love the relaxed and humorous approach of both Kate and Belinda. The content is genuinely useful, the guests are interesting and the hosts show themselves to be real people. Can’t wait to hear what’s coming next. Smashed it.

31 January 2016 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


One Hack Away From Wonder Woman

Is there an award for the best podcast name? If there is, this one definitely makes the podium. But there’s much more to it than just a cool title.

Lorrie Hartshorn, a copywriter and creative coach, provides useful, no-nonsense advice with plenty of style. The episodes are short and sweet, and the content is applicable to freelancers from many walks of life.

I’m delighted to have discovered this podcast within a fortnight of it first being aired. Definitely one of my top picks.

Honest and useful advice for all freelancers

Although Lorrie is a freelance copywriter, her podcast will be useful to people from all walks of freelance life. I really like the way she approaches giving advice – there isn’t a silver bullet but here’s something to help make things better. And the content is short and sharp, which is another bonus (long pods rarely hold my attention). This show is definitely one of my finds of 2016. Great work!

19 July 2016 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Our Freelance Life

This podcast by Leif Kendall, the director of the Professional Copywriters’ Network, focuses on what it’s like to be a freelancer. Each episode includes an interview with a freelance professional.

This is perhaps the most general of all the podcasts listed here, but hearing about different freelance careers and methods is really interesting. Although the content is clearly aimed at existing freelancers, I see this podcast being useful for those who are thinking about going freelance.

Great new freelance pod

I’m enjoying this new podcast – lots of interesting guests from plenty of freelance spheres, and some good questions by the host. Nice work, Leif.

20 July 2016 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Podcast reviews

If you find a podcast you love, you really should leave a review. Doing so increases the discoverability of the podcast. It’s quick and easy to leave a review in iTunes. This video shows you how to do it in just over one minute.

And this video shows the same process in the Podcasts app in iOS.

And now for something completely different

It’s not all work, work, work at Espirian Towers, and so, to wrap up, here are a few podcasts that aren’t related to the editorial profession.

  • No Such Thing As A Fish – full of great trivia, this podcast is run by the team who contribute many of the facts to the hit TV show QI. There’s excellent chemistry between the presenters, and the content is often hilariously funny.
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage – another factual-but-fun podcast, presented by Robin Ince and Professor Brian Cox. The episodes are recordings of the Radio 4 show by the same name. Another one not to miss.
  • The Truth – billed as ‘movies for your ears’, this is a brilliant collection of short stories. Well written, well executed. A great way to add a bit of creative intrigue to your day.

Tell me your podcast preferences

Do you listen to work-related podcasts? Which ones appeal to you? I’m particularly interested to hear about podcasts related to freelance editing and writing. If you have a recommendation to make, leave a comment below or catch up with me on Twitter. I’d love to hear from you.

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  • THANKS SO MUCH for the mention 🙂

    • You’re more than welcome, Kate. Hot Copy was responsible for reinvigorating my interest in podcasts. High-fives to you and Belinda for a great show!

  • Denise Cowle

    Great list, John. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thanks, Denise. In fact, I have you to thank for alerting me to the CMA podcast – loads of great content there. If you come across any other podcasts you’d like to recommend, do please let me know. In time, I’d like to add other goodies to the list.

  • Katherine Koba

    I haven’t started listening to it yet, but “The History of English” looks (or is that sounds?) quite tantalizing: http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/

    • Thanks, Katherine. That certainly looks like a heavyweight pod!

  • Lorrie Hartshorn

    Thanks for including One Hack Away From Wonder Woman on the list, John – so glad you’ve been enjoying the podcast!

    • You’re welcome, Lorrie. I hope your pod gets the audience it deserves – it’s one of my favourite finds of 2016!