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Fiction Podcast Weekly - Issue #156

Fiction Podcast Weekly - Issue #156
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Issue #156 of The Fiction Podcast Weekly is brought to you by The Podcast Host’s How to Create a Silent Home Podcast Studio That Sounds Great. A home podcast studio can be as simple as spending $10 at the pet store. Intrigued? Here are our top tips for soundproofing & treating a space.
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Hot News, Roundups, and Audio Fiction Articles
Real Bourbon, No Apologies.” Great job, Spotify. As Tanner Campbell says in Dispatches From The Booth, “Spotify Done Eff’d Up Big Time,” when they slapped banner ads for Wild Turkey on zillions of podcasts in their app, some about sobriety. As of this writing, neither Spotify nor Campari Group has apologized. And, so we come full circle.
Do You Know Where Your Data Has Been? Tom Webster makes an impassioned plea to everyone releasing research in and around the podcasting space: do better with transparency about the methodologies used. In other news, 97% of respondents surveyed said Overcast is the best podcast listening app of all time, 92% said that A Scottish Podcast is the best podcast ever, and 96% said that Sarah Golding should be crowned the next Queen of England.
Radiodays Europe sits down with Johan Seidefors, the Nordic Head of Content at Spotify. He praised narrative podcasts: “Johan said that personalisation will become more and more important in the future. Although, he pointed to the potential issue with this: "You cannot lose the element of surprise for audiences, this is the challenge”. 
Why Plagiarism In Podcasting Can Damage The Industry Because it’s lazy and stupid, that’s why.
UK audio producers: The 2022 Audio Production Census will be open to all UK audio producers until May 23. The AudioUK initiative aims to capture the activities and ballpark income of podcast, radio, and audiobook creators. Results will be used to promote the sector for investment and policy gains.
Thanks to Timothy Dungan for sending this to us: The iPod is dead, but the podcast lives on.
(yeah but see here’s the thing: a podcast is like a capsule of data attached to an RSS feed, so they’re like peas of data in a pod file. Peas in a pod. Podcasts, get it?)
BlkPodFestival, May 28-29, Atlanta, Georgia.  This 2-day conference will be a launchpad for the next wave of Black storytellers. Whether they’re behind the microphone, engineering the sound, or creating the visual identity, there is room for them to launch and grow. The world needs more Black stories. Our mission is to give Black creatives a platform to bring those stories and ideas to life.
LIVE Global Podcast Editor Chats with Stephanie Fuccio of Podcast Editing Plus and friends. The LIVE Global Podcast Editor Chats are twice a month on YouTube and NOW they’re in podcast form too! We chat about the business AND technical side of podcast editing for clients.
Writing The Other presents The Heroine’s Journey – The Other Ancient Story Structure. June 25, 2022, 10AM – 5PM Pacific Time, online via Zoom video conference. $50 – $75, scholarships available. 
Opportunities and Auditions
Casting Call: Observer Pictures seeks voice artists of Latinx descent. Bilingual (Spanish/English) folks preferred but not necessary.
Casting Call: Out Of Sight is a cyberpunk neo-noir about a psychic detective/petty thief solving mysteries while talking to ghosts. Deadline: 9 June.
Casting Gall: Century The Series. Deadline, 16 June. a legal family drama in audio format.
Voices of Color’s Demo of the Month wants submissions.
Casting Call, courtesy of Ella Watts: Six To Start wants voice artists for a new fitness game. Check it out, this looks really cool and I want to play it. Audition and give me something really fun to listen to while I’m on the exercise bike.
The 2022 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition is accepting adventure and comedy entries. $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. Authors retain all script rights. Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes. Entry deadline: May 28th 2022.
Casting Call: Main Cast for The Honeytrap 1950’s London. Felix Stone is an openly gay P.I. He is approached by a mysterious woman who pays him to shadow her husband. Deadline: 31 May.
Tal Minear has created a sound design challenge I find incredibly interesting: Open Dialogue, A Sound Shenanigan. Deadline: May 31.
Nominations are now open for the Association of African Podcasters’ African Podcast and Voice Awards 2022. Nominations end May 30.
Casting Call: Marigold’s Ghost Season 2: Whistlewood Audition Due: 11.59 PM PST, May 31st, 2022
Casting Call for Elevator Pitch Podcast - “Armageddon? What a Drag!” Deadline: June 4
Share your field recordings with us. We’re making a Creative Commons library of sound beds and an international sound collage. You can be part of it.
Legacy - A Star Wars Audio Drama Laresa, Jedi turned Sith must discover her way of navigating both sides of the force, while battling an Emperor gone mad and hidden enemy hell-bent on destroying the force.
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Creator Resources
Why Your Audiograms Aren’t Working Use closed-captioning and use your social media feeds to expand on the content in your podcast.
Podcast Merchandise and Partnerships that Make Sense I’m gonna make purple and black ADWIT typewriters.
Maono PM500 Kit Review: A Vocal Mic for Podcasting & StreamingThe Maono PM500 has a clean and clear tone for the voice. Is a the right podcast mic choice for you?
This week for Indie AF, Graham David Richards and all things pre-hype for Cyclone, coming later this year….and next week? Some amazing epic-sounding audio from David Beck of Wireless Theatre Company.
Then What Happened? Ten things you need to figure out before writing a great story, according to a seasoned Podcast Showrunner, Midoadilman.
The Podcast Host has started The Podcraft Community on Come join us (it’s free!) and chat with other podcasters and special guests about anything under the sun of crafting the perfect podcast. 
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. 
At Will Media seeks a full-time Associate Producer to play a key role in the production of AT WILL MEDIA’s growing slate of original projects in nonfiction and fiction. Go git ‘em, Tiger!
FRQNCY Media says We’re Hiring a Graphic Designer. Go git ‘em, Tiger!
The BBC seeks an Assistant Producer in podcasting in London, Great Britain. Go git 'em, Tiger!
Creatives To Support
The Love Talker, a project by Keith Tims. For centuries, women have been going missing around the isolated town of Kilruane in Appalachia where the people still practice old ways. One woman’s search will reveal the truth about the handsome man who wanders these woods and the history of violence the town has been keeping secret.
Afflicted: A Horror Thriller Audio Drama A small Texas town suffers natural disasters that are anything but natural.
Echobox is your favorite hot spot for all the olympian gossip. A Greek Mythology retelling fictional podcast.
Journey to the Heart - An Original Podcast Musical A new, interactive, fantasy musical from the Creators of the Flame!
Electromancy Season 2 An award-winning audio drama about magic, friendship, and overthrowing totalitarian governments!
RADIO: Outcast - Season 2 A queer and BIPOC led fantasy-western audio drama where disco meets desert shootouts.
Follow @podfunds on Twitter to find more opportunities to support independent audio fiction. 
Are you getting ready to crowdfund your podcast? Let us know, so we can share your link
Milestones, Debuts and Finales
Echoes (In) Between, the debut audio drama from indie producers Brystal Studios, premiered on Tuesday 5/17 with two half-hour episodes. They will be releasing one episode a week on Tuesdays from here.
After a long wait and a few delays, season 5 of A Ninth World Journal finally launches in May! No, seriously… for real this time! This season features some of your favourite voice actors as well! Releases on Patreon for patrons on May 22, then to gen pop on May 29.
Milestone: Congratulations to The Hacker Chronicles for passing 100K listeners! They’ve finished part 1 of a series called The Hacker Chronicles, following Alice a barista who tries her first-ever cybercrime. Part 2 of Season 2 launches this week.
That Vampire Show is an immersive storytelling experience told across multiple platforms (Twitter, Tumblr, AO3, and more), following a fanfiction writer meeting the creator of her favorite show. Tandon Productions premiered the show this month, and release new episodes every Tuesday.
Launching June 7: 1972, a new historical audio drama from Harlem Queen creator Yhane Smith, tells the powerful story of two highly respected and legendary Black women, Shirley Chisholm and Angela Davis.
Keep sharing good stories. 
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