I'm a little obsessed with a podcast made by writers called: Writing Excuses. I figure, the more I can learn from people in the industry (specifically those who write fantasy), the better I'll become as an author.
So, how does listening to this podcast make me a better author? You might think since I'm an actively listening I'm not spending my time writing. And while that is an excellent observation there are times when I am not able to write but can actively listen: in the car, working, jogging. So, listening to a podcast by writers, for writers, is actually a great way to fill in those times when I'm not actually in front of a keyboard.
Writing Excuses provides tons of tips and tools that make me a better writer such as: how to properly keep your pacing and guidance on building your own magic system there is so much more there that they talk about. Because being an author isn't just about being a writer.
And the feedback i hear from these three funny guys and their various guest hosts all seem to follow the advice I've read elsewhere in other reputable blogs. Nowadays, being an author means you need to strongly edit your work before sending to an agent, establishing an online presence as soon as possible, and learning to market your writing not just to publishing editors, but also to your target audience. All of this can be a lot of work even if you aren't a self published star like Amanda Hocking.
So to any other aspiring writers out there, I would strongly recommend this podcast. Even if you don't plan to write in Fantasy/Sci-Fi, the information they provide is nearly universal. And most of all: free.
What have you got to lose?