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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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Heirloom

Heirloom

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone's shown up demanding your narrator's family heirloom.

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

Author May Cobb discusses offering readers a summer of mayhem with her new novel, My Summer Darlings.

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

Writer Stephen L. Moore discusses the benefits of having first-hand accounts for historical writing and offers advice on best practices in securing interviews while there’s still time.

From Script

Character Exploration and Development in Television (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with writers, showrunners and more who share a common thread of character exploration and development!

Janet Key: On Letting Your Novel Take Shape

Janet Key: On Letting Your Novel Take Shape

Author Janet Key discusses the experience of letting the novel take shape through the editorial process for her debut novel, Twelfth.

Benjamin Myers: On Fleeting Moments Becoming Finished Novels

Benjamin Myers: On Fleeting Moments Becoming Finished Novels

Award-winning author and journalist Benjamin Myers discusses the out-of-body experience of having the idea for his new novel, The Perfect Golden Circle.

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WD Presents: 7 WDU Courses, a Chat With Ran Walker, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce 7 WDU courses, a chat about flash fiction with Ran Walker, and more!

Christopher Stollar | How to Crowdfund Your Book

How to Crowdfund Your Book

Crowdfunding in publishing has received a lot of attention in recent months. Successful crowd-funder and author Chris Stollar shares his tips for realistic and practical tips to make crowdfunding work for you.

12 Dos and Don’ts of Revealing Critical Backstory in a Novel

12 Dos and Don’ts of Revealing Critical Backstory in a Novel

How much backstory is too much backstory, and how do we know when we haven’t given enough? Here, bestselling author Jenna Kernan offers six dos and six don’ts of revealing critical backstory in a novel.