Tag Archives: Podcasts

Book Reviews and Podcasts Off-Site

I’ve been contributing a lot to the Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast and SF Signal as a book reviewer. Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve delivered recently:

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Health, Cash, and More Podcasts!

Has anyone else noticed a lull in “writing” podcasts? Sure, there are plenty of shows out there, but I’ve been out of content for days. Enter my favorite show, Adventures In SciFi Publishing, and their plan for 2013 to put out three or more shows a week. I classified their show as a “writing” podcast, but it is more than just for writers, it’s for anyone who enjoys reading, listening to or watching Science Fiction and Fantasy–maybe even Horror, as their last guest talked about his post-apocalyptic story, Tincture. Continue reading

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Matching Podcast Length with Audience Preference

One of the benefits to listening to podcasts is the freedom to listen on your time schedule. iTunes saves your progress (unless you accidentally touch the forward arrows), so that you can pick up where you left off at your convenience. A little over a year ago, I started two podcasts: AudioTim, and the Holy Worlds Podcast. I’ve tinkered with different formats, and modeled them after my favorites (Dead Robots’ Society, Get Published, I Should Be Writing), all of which can post podcasts beyond 45 minutes in length.

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Six months ago, I stepped away from HWP to focus on getting more AudioTim episodes per month. HWP has found people to step up in my absence, but recently someone from the Holy Worlds forum suggested I cut the length of the show down from an hour plus to just a half hour.

The argument for a half hour show is because people have less time, and shorter attention spans. She suggested cutting the show in half if it is going to be an hour long interview. This is a pertinent question to ask myself as two of my last three interviews have been 90 minutes long. Continue reading

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AudioTim 28: Roundtable Podcast Brainstorms Zombie Novel

Dave Robison and Brion Humphrey of the brand-spankin new Roundtable Podcast are back at it again. Well, we never really stopped, but with the magic of editing it sounds that way. This is the second hour of our interview, and in this part I volunteer to let them show me what their show does for authors like myself who need help taking a story idea and turning it into a story. I’m brainstorming the next novel I plan to write, a zombie novel about a failed pastor who must defend a Hebrew burial mound in small town Iowa before others who have a deal with the dead steal his relic and expand the undead territory. Okay, that tagline needs work, but I’m still flushing out what this story is about. These guys were incredibly helpful in giving me ideas and questions to help it grow.

You can subscribe to both podcasts on iTunes by clicking the image for their show.

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I thought it would be neat as I’m editing this episode to write down the questions and prompts Dave and Brion ask which may be helpful for you in your story. It would be great if you commented about what you thought during this brainstorm. Did you come up with any cool “what ifs?” Any suggestions?
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