And, everyone who had strong feelings about the word “hobby” in the survey: don’t worry, I’ve got you covered, stay tuned.
We are so close to having 1300 subscribers. Can you send this to two friends who love audio fiction? Tell them what you think of the newsletter, and maybe they’ll join us.
if they’re cool and interesting, that is. Otherwise, they’ll just read it and chuck it.
Hot News, Roundups, and Audio Fiction Articles
Saludos felices to all of our Audio Fiction and Audio Drama Podcast friends at Podcast Movement Evolutions in Los Angeles! Takeaways for Podcasters from The Infinite Dial
: “Nearly 80% of Americans over 12 have heard the term “podcasting,” and 62% have ever listened to one. A mind-boggling 36% currently use TikTok, including 61% of people 34 and under. That said, do you have
to add a video element to your podcast? Nope. For now, the experts say you’re off the hook.”
Apple finally explains how the Apple Podcasts Charts really work
. Finally, they admit it: “Although ratings, reviews, and shares also help indicate a podcast’s newness, popularity, and quality, they are not factored into the algorithm that determines the rankings for Top Shows and Top Episodes. In other words, they may not help people find a podcast on their own, but they influence whether people will listen or follow, and those factors influence the charts.” BOOM.
Last-Minute Event News: Girl Tales Taleblazer Weekend
, for young feminist storytellers. Celebrate Women’s History Month with a girl-power conference for kids! Saturday, March 26th and Sunday, March 27th, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm EST (both days), Virtually Through Zoom, Pay What You Can.
New & Noteworthy: Hacking the Algorithm of Podcast Directories
. Podbean’s Director of Communications, Shannon Martin, talks about the best practices that podcasts are using to use the algorithms to their advantage and be featured within various podcast directories. Tue, April 5, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT, on Podbean Live.
Opportunities and Auditions
Everyone who reads this likes fiction podcasts. Your podcast description and link could be right here. Get a Classified Ad
for $28, and promote your podcast to well over twelve hundred and fifty fiction podcast enthusiasts.
Writing excellence alert: Indie AF
interviews the scintillating Paul Bae of The Big Loop. Part 1
and Part 2
Accessibility and discovery alert: Have you ever thought about releasing your podcast on your RSS feed, and on YouTube, but with an ASL interpreter in the video? How about on a Braille reader? Check out how Radiolab released The Helen Keller Exorcism
is an upcoming newsletter featuring podcasts by trans and nonbinary podcasters. If that’s you, submit your podcast for consideration. If that’s not you, subscribe to find some excellent shows.
Indie AF shares an interview with Lauren Shippen, in Part 1
and Part 2
John Bartmann shares how removing breath intake sounds at the end of clips aids realism
. Pro-sounding podcasts pay attention to detail, down to removing breath sounds that have been left dangling by a clip split. (Further advice: write the line slightly longer than you plan to, then cut off the last word of the line or edit it so that the next speaker talks over it.)
Do you have a great behind the scenes clip, article, blog post or something like that? Can other podcasters build their skills from it? Sharing is caring. Send us your creator resources
. It’s not just for people who make podcasts, either. People who don’t make podcasts but love listening to podcasts are interested in your process, too.
PIRATES! Story Pirates
has an immediate need for an experienced Production Coordinator
to support our growing podcast & television divisions. This is a part-time, freelance, remote position. Applicants must be able to start immediately and provide consistent support throughout the summer.
is seeking a writer-in-residence
. We create feminist audio erotica that is immersive and believable. This is a 3-6 month part-time opportunity. GO FOR IT!
Creatives To Support
Support The Third Coast Festival
(and learn more about it). “More than ever, we are fiercely committed to pushing the boundaries of audio storytelling and supporting the diverse communities of people who make the work. We believe that inclusion, collaboration, and experimentation are critical to the growing field of audio.”
Milestones, Debuts and Finales
Milestone: “My Amazing Woman
” flies to France! “My Amazing Woman” has been accepted as an entrant in the EdiPlay International Film Festival, in Évry, France and online, April 5 – 15, 2022. It will compete in the category Best Audio Podcast.
Milestone: Muckey Landing Celebrates 2 Years Muckey Landing - a Sort of a Podcast
dropped its first episode, Virgil Gets a Dog, on March 7, 2020. 23 episodes later awards include Outstanding Comedy Fiction Podcast at NJ Webfest. Congratulations!
If you knew you could have a serious medical condition and could find out, would you? Harri’s world is turned upside down when his mother is diagnosed with early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease.
Liminal Criminals: A Fake Crime Podcast
A fictionalized true-crime podcast detailing the bizarre, egregious, and completely fake exploits of the world’s most notorious, and most nonexistent, people. It updates monthly.
Keep sharing good stories.