I've been writing for most of my life, but only in the last couple years have I focused on learning about the world of publishing.
Like many authors with a full-time job, I have limited time to write. I dislike diverting that time into any task that doesn't put more words on a page. But words won't magically find an audience. My goal is to get some of my stories and my book(s) into the world and in front of as many eyes as possible. To accomplish that, I need to understand the publishing world.
Since I can't write in the car, my drive time is perfect for listening to podcasts geared at authors. There are a lot out there. I'm inclined toward concise, real-world information from professionals in the publishing world*. I listen to both "craft" oriented programs, which focus on writing technique, and business oriented ones about getting published. Here are a few of my favorites:
Narrative Breakdown: Covers a wealth of storytelling tips and techniques, often referencing popular books, movies, and TV shows. Its panel discussions and interviews address both the craft of writing and the business of publishing.
Writing Excuses: I had to appreciate the tagline: "Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart." This is a fast-paced, no-nonsense program packed with great info and perspectives. The topics are focused and often very pertinent to my own work. It's kind of an ugly website but a great resource. Probably my current favorite.
Author MBA: "To thrive in the new book economy, today’s most successful authors think like an entrepreneur and treat their books like a business."
Writer 2.0: Writer and professor A.C. Fuller interviews authors and other professionals. "Featuring interviews with authors, journalists, screenwriters, and publishing experts, the show will illuminate the writing process, explore the publishing industry, and discuss excellent books."
* I don't spend time on inspirational or motivational podcasts, only because they aren't particularly useful for me. Likewise, I lose interest in podcasts that clearly function as a marketing platform for their producers and feature a great deal of self-promotion. Not that these can't provide useful information, but the signal-to-noise ratio can be painfully low.