The occasional twitch in my right eye may say it all. Since taking over as Executive Producer at Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast, I’ve posted a podcast about every five days, built a review team of four members, and spent about an hour or more each night just with scheduling/emailing/marketing. I am enjoying the perks of books I otherwise couldn’t afford to buy and knowing that the podcast interviews I produce are now reaching an audience ten times larger than AudioTim did. On top of that, I started sending out the first portion of my novel, Kaimerus, to beta readers, and am working hard to ensure I polish five chapters a week for them. In the evenings, I am trying to read, both as part of being a successful writer and for researching whom to interview. Did you hear my announcement at the beginning of AISFP 215 about my becoming a first time father? And lastly, I had another setback with my groin injury that is now seven months long. Physical Therapy can’t help stupid, as I missed the last step on our stairs and the subsequent jump re-sprained my groin. Continue reading
I announced the conclusion of Season One back in July as a way for me to step back and evaluate how I was going to podcast in the future. A few things that I felt I did wrong were:
- The name of the show doesn’t reflect it’s genre fiction content
- The lack of growth in download numbers meant I had done something wrong.
- Podcasting solo may not have been the best way to market. A fresh start using a team of podcasters on a genre titled show and website could produce a wider audience.
I’ll admit, I’m not the most charismatic guy, but that I host a show anyway should illustrate how much I love talking with authors and publishers. I think I do well enough to think you’ll enjoy having a listen, so I record it and put it out. Continue reading
In my Monday blog post, “Love vs. Consequence (And the Quirkiness In Between),” I asked you to reflect on how fear of consequence prevents you from doing what you love. Now, if you love fire, I’m not saying go start a fire. For me, this question tells me not to base how, if, and when I podcast on consequences such as numbers, feedback, community support, etc. In a hard moment a few weeks ago, I wrote a couple blog posts about my future in podcasting–alluding to the possibility that I might stop.
Stopping, or at least taking a break still may happen, but I have to make sure my motivation is based on love and not fear. Continue reading
This theme of love vs. consequence has been at the forefront of my mind the past few weeks since I said I would be taking a break from AudioTim. I’m still undecided, but it may be that I packed my bags but had nowhere to go. The thing is, I love podcasting, and my previous fear that it was taking too much time away from writing does not seem to be true. I can’t write all day long, and in my endeavors to befriend and meet new authors, I keep coming up with people and topics I really want to talk about–and share with you–via AudioTim. Continue reading
I wrote a post last week, “Podcasting Solo: 20 Months in & 10 Suggestions for New Podcasters,” in which I shared some tough lessons learned podcasting AudioTim since October, 2010. I also said I’d make an announcement today regarding the future of AudioTim.
(*Editor’s note: As of June, 9th, 2013’s, AISFP 209 – Zachary Jernigan and Nick Sharps, Part 2, NO RETURN, I’m now the Executive Producer of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. Woohoo!)
I had a conversation with a good friend I’ve met through podcasting, Dave Robison (cohost of Roundtable Podcast). He asked me what my goal was in podcasting. My immediate answer was to create a network to support my writing so that once my book comes out, I’ll have a better sales response.
There is something very telling in that statement. Continue reading
As I approach episode 40 of my AudioTim podcast, I’m burdened by the need to share some observations from my 20 months of podcasting. First off, I started podcasting out of a love for the genre of writing podcasts and how they inspired me to write. After college, I felt an overwhelming sense of insecurity that I didn’t have any interesting stories in my head to write about, and I didn’t write for two years. Halfway through seminary, a roommate asked me to write a book with (see: for) him and it injected the passion to write back into my veins. I haven’t turned back since (2007). Podcasts like Dragon Page Cover to Cover, Dead Robots Society and Adventures in SciFi Publishing became a staple for my commute, my workouts, and my janitorial duties. I couldn’t get enough, and often had to settle for less interesting podcasts to get me by till the next one of my favorites dropped. Continue reading
I’d say that January was a big month for me and my writing, but then, so too has the last six months dating to when I started my mentorship program at Team PYP. I chronicle most of my writing updates on my New Authors Fellowship posts every Tuesday morning. Click (here) to see the list of most recent posts. In short, I finished the second draft of my novel, a rewrite almost from scratch, at the end of December, then took a week to make notes on chapter summaries. Lane Diamond gave some great advice in the comments of my post, “A New Years Resolution to Edit the Right Way.” The last few weeks have been centered around editing my short story “The Mess I’ve Made” (see WIP page), which is chronicled in my last two NAF posts. Continue reading
Today’s Saturday Spotlight is going to combine with my newest AudioTim episode as a Podcasting Spotlight. If you’re looking for some five-star fiction, I just posted my review of One Buck Horror:Volume Four, which has at least two five-star short stories, and two more that are a real close four-star. In this episode of AudioTim, I interview Michell Plested of the Get Published Podcast to discuss his podcast. We cover equipment, software, podcasting strategies, and how he combines podcasting with being a writer.
It may be a week or so for itunes to catch this, as I’m moving from hosting my files on Posterous, to hosting them here on my website. Thank you in advance for your patience in this transition. You can download the episode here in the meantime. You can subscribe on iTunes (HERE) to download and listen to all the episodes.
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