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Writer's Digest Best Live Streams, Podcasts, and YouTube Channels 2021

Here are the top live streams, podcasts, and YouTube channels as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.
Writer's Digest Best Live Streams, Podcasts, and YouTube Channels 2021

Here are the top live streams, podcasts, and YouTube channels as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Author Level Up

Youtube channel: Author Level Up

Michael La Ronn, the host behind the “Author Level Up” YouTube channel, is a writing machine! With more than 60 self-published books to his name, his energetic videos range from informative to inspirational and will have you covered no matter where in the self-publishing journey you are.

Bookish Pixie

Youtube channel: bookishpixie

YA fantasy author of the upcoming Wicked Bargain series Gabe Cole has been making waves in the publishing world—follow his journey on his YouTube channel as he imparts wisdom on the craft of writing and business of publishing, as well answers viewer questions in Ask Me Anything videos.

Minorities in Publishing

JenniferNBaker.com/Podcast

Jennifer Baker, a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Superstar and Amistad/HarperCollins Senior Editor, hosts a compelling interview/conversation-style podcast each month with guests ranging from editors and literary agents to graphic designers and VPs to talk about diversity in publishing (or the lack thereof) and why the industry needs to change.

My Imaginary Friends

YouTube channel: L. Penelope

Award-winning fantasy author L. Penelope is successful with both self-publishing and traditional publishing. Her podcast/YouTube channel, “My Imaginary Friends,” offers a down-to-earth glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of writing and self-publishing alongside excellent advice for writers of all kinds.

Print Run Podcast

PrintRunPodcast.com

Join Laura Zats and Erik Hane of Headwater Literary Management for a weekly discussion of the publishing industry—whether it’s the trends in queries hitting their inboxes or industry news, they hold an honest discussion you

Check back next week for the next collection of Best Websites—Writing Advice—from the May/June 2021 issue!

View the best creativity websites from our 2021 round-up here.

Creative Writing 101

Creative Writing 101 combines teaching the key elements of storytelling with developing the protagonist. Once you understand who this character is and how to make sure you’ve included the key story elements, you are well on your way to writing that book you have been squelching.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character turn out to be less than they seem.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 15th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript. Here are some tips and guidelines.

Valeria Ruelas: On Teaching Tarot, Brujeria, and Witchcraft

Valeria Ruelas: On Teaching Tarot, Brujeria, and Witchcraft

Author Valeria Ruelas discusses the process of writing her new book, The Mexican Witch Lifestyle.

What Is the Hook, the Book, and Cook Query Pitching Technique for Writers?

What Is the Hook, the Book, and the Cook Query Pitching Technique for Writers?

Find out what "the hook, the book, and the cook" are in relation to writing query letters and pitching books to literary agents and book editors. This post answers the question of what each one is and how to successfully assemble the pieces.

Romance Retellings of Literary Classics

Romance Retellings of Literary Classics

Author Chloe Liese makes a case for the romance genre being the natural home for retellings, and shares some tips on how to write a successful romance retelling of literary classics.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

For the 2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. And now we're on Day 30.

Rae Meadows: On a Personal Passion Inspiring Literary Fiction

Rae Meadows: On a Personal Passion Inspiring Literary Fiction

Award-winning author Rae Meadows discusses how her lifelong love of gymnastics helped inspire her new literary novel, Winterland.

The Fae

The Fae

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character discovers that there are fae in their backyard.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

For the 2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Day 29 features our fifth (and final) Two-for-Tuesday prompt.