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Fiction Podcast Weekly - Issue #162

Fiction Podcast Weekly - Issue #162
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Fiction is awesome.

Issue #162 of The Fiction Podcast Weekly is brought to you by The Podcast Host’s guide to What Amazon’s Recent Bot Downloads Might Mean for Podcasting’s Future. Will Amazon offer innovative affiliate programs and dynamic, interactive third-party sponsorship opportunities? Or will Amazon decide that access to their audience is payment enough for podcasters? (Hint: Check the fine print in the terms and conditions you clicked when you submitted your podcast to TuneIn or Amazon Music. Podnews’ version may offer a clue.)
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Hot News, Roundups, and Audio Fiction Articles
Congratulations to Long Cat Media, for their nomination in the British Podcast Awards for The Ballad of Anne and Mary! Vote now to support them.
The Signal Awards are open for entry.
Sound Carrot is a new directory for kids’ podcasts.
Evo Terra suggests that podcasts should have an IHNI, or an “I had no idea podcasts could sound like that!” episode. For most audio fiction, it’s all IHNI.
From the Derbyshire Times: Hear the true story of the 17th century Bakewell witches on audio podcast trail around town. “Accessed via a free app (search ‘geostories’ in the App Store or Google Play), the story titled Chronicles of the Bakewell Witches also has a couple of extra twists that will make it a very special experience, as images from the story come to life with Augmented Reality.” COOL. I want to make one of these.
Voice Acting Workouts with Randall Ryan, July 6 and 19, and a live workshop, July 11, Alt Recording Studios, Hove, Brighton
Audiotrain offers courses to improve your podcasting skills. Exploring Reaper Editing And Mixing Techniques (intermediate)15 July, 9am-12:30pm BST. 
BEGINNER WORKSHOP Seminario Web: ¡Practica! ¡Practica! ¡Practica! de Hindenburg. Es hora de aplicar lo que has aprendido en el seminario en línea anterior. Nivel de conocimiento: creadores de podcast principiantes y usuarios de nivel intermedio que quieren refrescar su memoria. (This event is in Spanish) Tuesday July 12 1.00pm to 2.30pm PDT. Free event.
Notoriety in Podcasting: How to get press for your podcast through PR and awards, presented by PodPeople. Join Deondric Royster (Signal Awards, Spotify) and Lauren Passell (Podcast The Newsletter, Tink Media) as they discuss award submissions and how to set yourself apart.
Grab your ticket to winning award season on Thursday, July 14th at 3:30pm PT // 6:30pm ET!
Saturday, July 16, 10am: Audio Drama Voice Over Intensive at the Foley Marra Studio, in Studio City, CA, with Todd Gajdusek, VO artist, Director, and Award-winning Sound designer.
How to Market Your Podcast On Instagram Wed, Jul 13 2022, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM EDT, in the PodCraft community. Free! 
Also on 13 July: How to ask your podcaster listener for money, an online Q&A from The Mic Podcast Club. 
The Black Podcasters’ Association presents Everything You Need to Know About Podcast Cover Art. Tue, July 19, 2022 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
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
NPR fall/winter internships: the deadline has been extended to July 17.
Casting Call: Shhh! Jus’ Listen is teaming up with The Qube to create an original series this fall. We’re currently seeking VAs to voice several characters for: The Decolonization of Domonique Moseley. Deadline: 17 July.
Casting Call: Anime Sickos Secret Audio Drama Project. Deadline: 19 July.
Writers: Theatre Viscera says SEND US YOUR QUEER PLAYS! for their podcast. 30 min or less. Deadline: August 15, 2022 or they reach a submission cap of 100.
Writers: It looks as though the No Sleep Podcast is accepting scripts.
Writers: Stories Found submission guidelines No deadline given.
The Podcasting, Seriously Awards Fund is accepting applications.
Casting Call: Ella Watts shares: “Zombies, Run! is currently auditioning for 21 paid voice acting roles - most on projects I’m directing!” The Six to Start Live Casting Board is here for your perusal
RADIO: Outcast 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 You may include a CV and an introduction — we’re a small team, so we prioritize team chemistry!
The Demon Detective Casting Call Round 2 Deadline is July 22nd, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST.
Casting Call for Alfred Hitchcock parody. Think Monty Python and Mel Brooks Meets Hitchcock. Deadline 12 July.
CALL FOR COLLABORATORS: Arcana in Suburbia. Applications are due 21 July. 
RADAR Podcasters is a new Spotify initiative to spotlight podcasts on the platform. Creators in the U.S. can submit their podcasts for consideration
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.
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Creator Resources
Global Podcast Editors’ Stephanie Fuccio shares discussions on YouTube: Do podcast editors get imposter syndrome? with Rachel Hanson, and Pro Tools Podcast Editing Template: Advanced Example, with Crawford Blair.
Acast’s new Behind The Podcast series “pulls back the curtain on podcast production from around the Acast Creator Network, sharing stories from the diverse mix of people and roles working within podcasting. We’ll hear from the sound designers creating immersive sonic experiences, script writers who’ve mastered words to build intricate worlds, and the producers who pull all the strings to bring you brilliant episodes week after week.”
Libsyn Studio, the company’s free podcast maker tool, is running a brief user survey to help shape the future of the product. Watch your email if you’ve used the service in the past.
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.
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. 
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. 
Global seeks a new Head of Comedy and Entertainment Podcasts. Expires July 17. 
The Global Podcast Editors Substack Newsletter also has job alerts (in addition to other resources).
Creatives To Support
Someone Dies In This Elevator is crowdfunding their second season July 11-August 11! Help this spoiler-driven anthology series pay their cast and crew!
The Amelia Project Audio Advent Calendar “We want to make 25 minisodes to mark the run-up to Christmas! A podcast advent calendar!”
October’s Children focuses on a small, diverse group of 20- and 30-somethings trying to survive the trials and tribulations of ‘everyday’ life in Wolfbrook, New Hampshire. Unbeknownst to them at series start, the group will face increasingly strange and dangerous situations as the boundaries between our world and another fade, and monstrous creatures begin to infiltrate and invade Wolfbrook.
The Subjective Truth: Season Two A Sci-Fi Audio Drama from Good Pointe. Sources say that if they fund by 120%, the creators will pick up a car and throw it across a field. Supporters get to choose the car and the field. Make it happen, folks. 
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. Just under two weeks left.
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!” Just over two weeks left.
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
Internal Review of Site 4a debuts vignettes that are the first pieces of a science fiction puzzle.
Congratulations to Dorktales Storytime, on releasing their 50th episode. Here’s a special message from creator Molly Murphy: What’s the Why behind Dorktales Storytime?
Untrue Stories is a new literary satire anthology serial. Season 1 is about the rivalry between George Orwell and HG Wells and the resulting time-travel shenanigans. 3 eps and a 2-min trailer are available now.
Love and Noraebang Jaesun, an heir to a Korean chaebol, and Ana, a Mexican American entrepreneur, fall in love in modern day LA. After months of innocent flirting and one passionate karaoke session later, Ana finds out that Jaesun must return to Korea for his two-year military service. Teaser trailer available now, series launches Jul 19.
Weight of Sand The Weight of Sand explores the life and legend of Isobel Gowdie, a woman accused of witchcraft in the Highlands of Scotland. In the folklore of Isobel Gowdie, we discover the tragic tale of the village of the Culbin.
Boston Metaphysical Society: The Ghost Ship is now available to download on your favorite platform. An ex-Pinkerton detective, a spirit photographer, and a genius scientist battle supernatural forces in late 1800s Boston. When a ghost ship sails into Boston Harbor, killing anyone who boards her, they must solve the mystery as to why it has appeared before anyone else dies. This is a standalone eight episode series based during the timeline of the original six issue mini-series. Each episode is approximately 30 minutes long.
Keep sharing good stories. 
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