Audio for Authors by Joanna Penn

March 24, 2020

I am a big fan of Joanna Penn.  I love her books on writing and staying healthy while writing and writing as a business and actually everything she does.

So it's a little surprising that I missed the publication of her newest book Audio For Authors

But that's okay.  I've got it now. And, while I haven't even finished it, I'm already feeling inspired.

Audio for Authors covers both audio books and podcasting. As an author and podcaster who records her own audio books, Joanna Penn has a great deal of experience to share.

According to the book's introduction, half of Americans, age 12 and up, have listened to a podcast and audio publishers have reported seven years of double digit growth. More and more and more people are listening to audio everyday. Some, Penn stresses, don't consume books or articles any other way.

Audio for Authors goes on to cover a lot of ground, including types of audiobooks, writing for audio and tips on narration. It also provides some great information on podcasting (which is something the author does very well) such as equipment, distribution, podcast launchs and more.

While it didn't make up a significant part of the book, I found it interesting that YouTube was also mentioned

YouTube is not, strictly speaking, an audio platform but I listen to media all the time via YouTube Premium (which keeps the audio going when my phone is on standby).  And I know a lot of other people who do that too.

When discussing YouTube, Penn relates that her own YouTube channel went audio only in early 2019. Even without video, she says, her subscriber list has continued to grow. 

Penn's new book made me really think about my media.
I'm  not sure that I'll go back to podcasting (or do audio only video) but I have decided that I am going to put a little more effort into my YouTube channel.

To check out that channel and track my progress please visit or look for my videos here on the blog.

To buy Joanna Penn's book (in audio, print or ebook) please visit Amazon.

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