Issue # 161 of The Fiction Podcast Weekly is brought to you by The Podcast Host’s guide to Podcasts About Podcasting That Lead By Example. Here’s some inspiration for independent, fiction, and/or business-oriented podcasts.
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Hot News, Roundups, and Audio Fiction Articles
Podcast Magazine’s fiction archives
are laid out like an enthusiastic fiction roundup, but some of these articles have been around for a minute. Send them more press releases.
Well, I didn’t need THAT as a headline: Alexa will soon be able to read stories as your dead grandma
. “This required inventions where we had to learn to produce a high-quality voice with less than a minute of the recording versus hours of recording in the studio,”[Amazon’s Senior Vice President and Head Scientist for Alexa, Rohit Prasad] notes. “The way we made it happen is by framing the problem as a voice conversion task and not a speech generation path. We are unquestionably living in the golden era of AI, where our dreams and science fictions are becoming a reality.” Dude. Mourning is a painful process, not a playground. I hope he listens to Life After
The complete slide deck of The Creators presentation, from Sounds Profitable
, is available to download. Key take-aways: "Creators over-index for interest in science fiction and drama.” The survey breaks down podcast genre categories not just by “Fiction/Drama,” but subtypes such as mystery/thriller, fantasy/sci-fi, or romance (Finally). Podcast creators are more likely to support each other financially, and creators aged 45+ are under-represented (which could cause less listening in the 45+ crowd).
Civilized: A Live Podcast Experience
, July 22–31, 2022 in the Hamilton Fringe. Death, mayhem, monsters and chips… All these things and more await you when you join the incredibly unlucky, ever-delightful Civilized crew for this Live Podcast Experience!
Opportunities and Auditions
is looking for a sound designer for Season 2. This will be a paid position. Episodes: 10 + 1 mini-episode. Production: Releases every other Wednesday, January thru March - April OFF - May thru June. (2023) “RADIO: Outcast is a queer and BIPOC-led fantasy-western audio drama where disco meets desert shootouts. We are looking for an individual with some experience in sound design. If you’re interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may include a CV and an introduction — we’re a small team, so we prioritize team chemistry!
Feminist Fairytales writer submissions open July 6. More info to come.
Whalesong Casting Call
Created by Ester Ellis (Station Blue, The Goblet Wire) and funded by the Apollo Podcast App. This pilot will release in August 2022 on both Apollo and Ester Ellis’s podcast feeds. Deadine: July 3rd.
Seeking voice artists for the Alpha 8
, a new sci-fi adventure podcast that explores what happens when a desperate alien from another planet body swaps with a struggling mom to understand the meaning of family and save her kind from extinction. The submission deadline is June 24th.
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 eighty fiction podcast enthusiasts.
New How-to Miniseries For Young Fiction Podcasters
From Newton Schottelkotte & Caldera Studios, Mini Marconis is a new miniseries premiering July 17 for young fiction podcasters, with advice, stories, and interviews with top audio drama creators. THIS IS A GREAT IDEA!
You may have already heard this on various podcasts (thank you, Newts!
) but it bears repeating. Arielle Nissenblatt writes for Podnews: “When I read the news about the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, my heart sank. But then I thought that, as an industry, there’s something we can do: use our platform to share resources, come together, and help those who are (or will be) at risk. We quickly organized, creating suggested language for host-reads that can be placed as pre-roll ads on your podcast as a way of voicing our opposition to this decision. To take part read this document
, record a pre-roll for your next episode, share that episode with me so we can credit you, and let me know
if you have questions.”
What Do Podcasters Want To Know from Listeners?
In the coming weeks, NuVoodoo Media Services will be conducting a national study involving thousands of podcast listeners. They’ll present the findings on August 25th at Podcast Movement 2022 in Dallas. Take the survey now.
Introduction to Intellectual Property
is a free short course available via Coursera from the University of Pennsylvania. You work hard on your podcast, you should get a good plan for how to protect 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.
Creatives To Support
Life with Leo(h) is crowdfunding for Season 2
. Robotics intelligence lawyer, Jeanine Bell, received the gift of LEO(h), an android with Synthetic Sentience. Loving, Empathetic, Optimistic, and helpful LEO(h) had been programmed to love Jeanine. But Jeanine has ethics and LEO(h) is very, very illegal. Is there a path to true love for their misaligned software? That’s what we want to find out.
is your favorite hot spot for all the olympian gossip. A Greek Mythology retelling fictional podcast.
The Pilgrimage Saga - Season Three
Their enthusiasm and wit are infectious, but I wish this crowdfunding campaign told me more than, “It’s gay! It’s in space! We need money!”
on Twitter to find more opportunities to support independent audio fiction.
Milestones, Debuts and Finales
FairyTail The Audio Drama
Natsu and Friends are back at it again with an all-new adventure but this time they face a threat the like of nothing they have ever seen before! How Will Erza, Gray, Lucy, Windy, Carla, Happy and Natsu deal with this? Let’s find out together in this all-new story.
Love in Gravity
: A collection of six original stories from the gay and queer Latinx and Afro-Latinx community. Stories of love, heartbreak, intimacy, and family – the places we can find each other, the places we find ourselves.
Can nobody hear me? Hello? My name is Ben. I’ve been trying to broadcast all over the internet. I’m not receiving feedback from the outside world. I also keep getting bizarre audio clips coming from inside Lost Lake. Really strange things keep happening to me. Please someone help.
Keep sharing good stories.