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Fiction Podcast Weekly - Issue #157

Fiction Podcast Weekly - Issue #157
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Happy Pride Month to one and all! Let’s give each other the respect we’d want for ourselves.

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You want to promote your podcast to people who are genuinely interested in audio fiction and audio drama, right? I thought so. Fortunately, this newsletter goes out to over one thousand, three hundred, and twenty people who like audio fiction and audio drama podcasts. You can sponsor an issue (or many issues) and support The Fiction Podcast Weekly for as little as $340 for 4 weeks, or $99 per week. Or purchase a Classified Ad for $28. Go get ‘em, Tiger! And now, on with the show.
Hot News, Roundups, and Audio Fiction Articles
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.
Podnews reports that  Spotify has quietly changed its platform rules to add a section prohibiting the promotion of “violent extremism”(Podnews’ document shows changes). Finally. The new document is so specific you might want a content warning for the descriptions of what’s no longer tolerated. Anyone who was worried about grey areas or a slippery slope, this leaves very little room, if any, for that. Spotify says, “We take these decisions seriously and keep context in mind when making them. Breaking the rules may result in the violative content being removed from Spotify. Repeated or egregious violations may result in accounts being suspended and/or terminated.” Spotify has clarified how consequences can affect the podcast’s discoverability and monetization.
This article from NiemanLab is from April, but it shows clearly how a platform can manipulate algorithms in order to reduce (or enhance) the reach of specific pieces of content, such as podcasts, episodes, or Facebook posts. It’s in the 12th paragraph or so. Attention, Joe Rogan: Spotify now reserves the right to restrict the reach of misinformation So, basically, they won’t censor you for sharing certain kinds of information, they’ll just make your content harder to find and harder to capitalize on.
I find it fascinating that certain kinds of content can be easier for thousands of people to find with a little bit of math and coding.
I told myself I was going to stop harshing on Spotify, but here we go again: Spotify stopped political ads in 2020. It just quietly brought them back. Political ads will be on podcasts, not music, and “Spotify will only host ads from known political entities, and it won’t accept ads from the much broader bucket of issue-related groups. The ads will also only run on Spotify’s podcast network for now, not its free music-streaming network. Podcasts will also have the option of turning off political ads if they want to. ” So, maybe that Wild Turkey debacle helped them learn something?
MOVING ON TO BETTER NEWS: Nick Hilton shares My Day at The Podcast Show 2022 Key take-away: host your own meetup event, sponsored by a couple of companies who have a vested interest in advertising to podcasters, so you can meet the people you want to meet with the mood you want to create.
In Case You Missed It (I did): The first-ever Patreon Creator Census. They sure do love video.
AJ shares Apollo Product Update Notes for June 2. Re-designed player and new queue system, yay! I love a good custom playlist.
Wed., June 8: Podcast Reviews: How to Get Them and What to Do With Them Save the date for our re-scheduled session on Podcast Reviews. Our expert guest will be Dave Keine from PodChaser. Not only is he the Head of Product and Marketing, but also he’s one of the stars of Welcome to Tinsel Town: A Christmas Adventure. 10am PDT, 1pm EDT, 6PM BST.
AudioTrain has some upcoming events for you: Working With Brands, 7 June, and Raise Your Rates 101, 14 June, which is about getting better at negotiating.
Saturday, June 11, Podstock is in Trenton, NJ.
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
The Skylark Collective shares award categories for this year’s International Women’s Podcast Awards.
Casting Call: Observer Pictures seeks voice artists of Latinx descent. Bilingual (Spanish/English) folks preferred but not necessary. “Have your audition to us by June 18 at 11pm CST. Submissions after this will not be reviewed.”
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 Call: Century The Series. Deadline, 16 June. a legal family drama in audio format. 
Voices of Color’s Demo of the Month wants submissions. 
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Creator Resources
In Episode 20 of Indie AF, David Beck of Wireless Theatre Company and Sarah Golding chat about creating Moby Dick and epic-sounding audio.
A really lovely article about quiet, sound, and creating the sound for Honda’s hybrid vehicles’ electric engine mode: Enter Sandman, A Dream of Quiet
Tal Minear has created a new audio fiction sound design blog: Sound Designs
Ariana Martinez shares Artful Approaches to Sound Design (YouTube link)
Free Audacity themes on Github Prevent eye strain, jazz up your DAW, scare your roomate…
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. 
Novel seeks a Producer in London: “A highly creative approach to audio production is a must. Experience editing on Reaper and Descript is a significant plus.” Expires June 9.
KCRW seeks a full-time Creative Director position, in Santa Monica California, USA, to be their head of Audience Lab. Expires June 30.
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 get ‘em, Tiger! Expires June 30.
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. Five days left.
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.
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
Through Pride Month, Shadows at the Door is releasing its mini-series of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, adapted and produced by Mark Nixon. Three acts, one discussion, and a drunk version!
‘The Chronicles of Wild Hollow" is BACK! We’re releasing our new trilogy! Ep 1 is live now, 2&3 coming 6/13th June. Blockbuster musical fantasy comedy fiction podcast, with talking animals. Shortlisted for a BBC Audio Drama Award 2022.
Descendants The Janus Descending Sequel. Three days after the wreckage of the Adamantine was found, the remains of the missing ship were brought back to Aphelion Industries. But something survived the crash, and now, it’s beginning to spread…
Not only is this new, Paul Bae tweeted that it’s good: Spectre Rho escapes from a facility that has been holding her hostage only to be pursued by law enforcement and get kidnapped, making her a hostage once more, just under different circumstances. Clearly, this isn’t her day…
If Paul Bae tweets about your show being good, and the by-product is that your downloads improve, does that mean your show has a Bae-by bump?
The Gorgon Show: Penny Cephalonia is a gorgon, snakes and all! In an effort to reconnect with her monstrous heritage, she started this podcast to interview fellow nonhumans (and the occasional interesting human). Along with her oracle roommate Sibyl, who does the horoscope segment, and occasionally some commentary from her head-snakes, she’ll explore the supernatural world with curiosity and charm.
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.
Dorian Gray jokes never get old. Keep sharing good stories. 
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