Podcasts have been around since 2005, gaining popularity with each passing year. With an endless variety of categories to choose from, it can be overwhelming trying to find the right podcast. Thankfully, we’ve created a list of top podcasts geared for every YA fanatic so you don’t have to do the work. Take a listen to these!
First Draft with Sarah Enni
Sarah Enni, a journalist and YA author, created her own podcast called First Draft, inspired by a road trip she took in 2014. Episodes include interviews with some of the hottest names in YA: Veronica Roth, Leigh Bardugo, Victoria Aveyard, and Victoria Schwab. Enni covers topics such as the creative process, what inspires authors, and advice on the publishing process.
Hosted by two YA lovers, Kristin and Sara, it’s a fun and informative podcast about, well, all things YA. Episode topics span anything from author interviews, in-depth reviews, and upcoming releases, to discussions on hot topics in the YA sphere like popular tropes and book festivals.
Hosted by Yin Chang, a writer and actor, 88 Cups of Tea features a variety of industry professionals, from authors and literary agents, to TV writers and filmmakers. Episodes cover in-depth interviews with some of the hottest YA names like Jacqueline Woodson, Jenny Han, and Renée Ahdieh. Chang discusses authors’ backgrounds, diversity, illnesses, and crucial writing tips.
Three YA fans, Cyna, Ollie, and Robin, host this insightful and fun podcast. Covering book reviews, author interviews, and recurring themes like “Judge a Book by its Cover!” and “At the End of Our Trope”, Papercuts takes a more analytical look at the YA sphere, leaving no stone unturned.
With various editors and contributors, Cast of Wonders is a comprehensive list of YA speculative fiction, covering stories with elements of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The podcast covers book reviews and offers a great way for YA readers to discover indie and established authors alike.
Book Riot: Hey YA
Book Riot recently released a YA specific podcast called Hey YA, hosted by Kelly Jensen and Eric Smith. The podcast covers anything from classic reads to upcoming film adaptations. There are only five episodes so far, but with discussions on LGBTQ in YA and authors who’ve successfully jumped genres, this podcast is one you won’t want to miss.
This Creative Life, hosted and produced by Sara Zarr, showcases conversations with fellow authors, discussing the creative process, and how to navigate a career in publishing. Even though the podcast ended in 2015, listeners will enjoy the wealth of information and the inspiration it offers as there are over 50 episodes to catch up on in the archive.
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