So You Want to Start a Podcast: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community that Will Listen

by Kristen Meinzer

On Sale: 01/09/2019


About the Book

An inspiring, comprehensive, step-by-step guide to creating a hit show, So You Want to Start a Podcast covers everything from hosting and guest booking to editing and marketing - while offering plenty of encouragement and insider stories along the way. 

Though they are the fastest-growing form of media, podcasts can actually be tricky to create-and even harder to sustain. Few know the secrets of successfully creating a knockout podcast better than Kristen Meinzer. An award-winning commentator, producer, and former director of nonfiction programming for Slate's sister company, Panoply, Meinzer has also hosted three successful podcasts, reaching more than ten million listeners. Now, she shares her expertise, providing aspiring podcasters with crucial information and guidance to work smarter, not harder as they start their own audio forum.

Meinzer believes that we each have a unique voice that deserves to be heard. But many of us may need some help transforming our ideas into reality. So You Want to Start a Podcast asks the tough but important questions to help budding podcasters define and achieve their goals, including:

Why do you want to start a podcast 

Think about specifically why you want to start a podcast versus a blog, zine, YouTube channel, Instagram feed, or other media outlet. Find out if a podcast is really the best way to tell your story-and what you really need (and don't need!) in order to get started.

What is your show about 

For any advertiser, corporate partner, or press outlet, you need a snappy pitch. How would you describe what you want to do in two to three sentences

Who is your podcast for

Who are you trying to reach How will your content and tone appeal to those listeners

How is your show going to be structured 

Create a step-by-step map planning the show out. Think about length, segments, interviews, advice, news reads, and other aspects of successful podcasts you can adapt for your own.

With this motivational how-to guide-the only one on the subject available-you'll find the smart, bottom-line advice and inspiration you need to produce an entertaining and informative podcast and promote it to an audience that will love it. So You Want to Start a Podcast gives you the tools you need to start a podcast-and the insight to keep it thriving!

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062936677
  • ISBN 10: 0062936670
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - US
  • On Sale: 01/09/2019
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price: 39.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: COMPUTERS / Web / Podcasting & Webcasting


Kristen Meinzer is currently the co-host (with Jolenta Greenberg) of By the Book, a reality/self-help podcast. She has hosted two other successful podcasts, When Meghan Met Harry and Movie Date. Her podcasts have been featured in the New York Times, Time, and Buzzfeed, and on NPR. Meinzer is also a podcast producer of several award-winning shows, including, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Girlboss Radio, Food 52s Burnt Toast, and Vanity Fairs Little Gold Men. She has taught at Columbia University, Brooklyn College, CUNY Journalism School, and Hunter College. Meinzer has appeared on the BBC, NBC, TLC, NPR, CBC, and multiple Slate podcasts. She was the Director of Nonfiction Programming at Panoply, sister company of Slate, one of the worlds first and most popular podcast networks. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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