I confess I’ve spent a great deal of time, not to mention scribbling in my morning notebooks about how to a) promote my fiction platform, b) have fun doing it, and c) getting better writing as a result of what I’m doing. Here’s my thinking on why I added a podcast to the mix.
So Why The Podcast
One of the steps I try to do when writing something is to read the text out loud. This gives me a sense of the flow and whether it make sense when I say each word. Mistakes pop out quite quickly and are much easier to spot when you have to pay attention to the text, and read each word out loud. You don’t go writer-blind when you’re reading.
And if I’m reading, I decided I should record it. I’m spending the time, I might as well add some value to the work. The first workflow was fairly simple.
- Edit the chapter or story as best I can in the word processor.
- Record it
- Edit both.
- Uploaded recording to my website.
Here Are The Details.
Recording is done using Audacity.
I use a microphone (I have a Podcaster) one my desktop and a Movo for my iPhone or Laptop. The Podcaster might be a bit of overkill but it was on sale when I saw it so I snatched it up. The Movo (I also purchased an extension cord and battery backup for it) is a fine bit of technology for an awesome price.
Podcasting is a learning curve and there are two resources I’ve found to be quite useful. The first is Pat Flynn’s free tutorial and the second is the (the best) but longest at Copyblogger called The Showrunner
In my case, I started simply recording the text and then uploading the mp3.
Then I discovered Auphonic (automatic sound leveler and noise reduction software in the cloud) and I deleted all the old episodes. This is a great online tool and for the amount of time I’m using it for, it’s free.
Adding Garage Band To The Work Flow
But then, after a few episodes, I began to take the mp3 from audacity and upload it to Apple’s Garage Band. That allowed me to easily add an intro and extro music as well as alter the entire timbre of my voice to “broadcast”. It makes it a bit deeper and smoother.
So now my workflow looks like
- Edit text/script
- Record the text in Audacity
- Import mp3 to Garage Band
- Edit and adjust sound
- Export to master file
- Run it through Auphonic to smooth it all out
- Upload to Rainmaker website which feeds iTunes
You can listen to the podcast here on iTunes and you can track the trajectory of my learning curve above as I learn how to create and make my author podcast.
You can also find the Podcast in the top menu at the top of every page. Everyone of the recordings has a link to iTunes.
The Recording Does Three Things
- The first is that it exposes glaring errors or sentence construction that doesn’t flow well. My workflow and intent is to create a decent text so when I hear something wrong, I stop recording and fix the text. Then I simply start recording again from the beginning of the correction.
- The second thing it does is give me a podcast that might attract readers to the website or to (gasp!) buy my books.
- The third thing is that it will give me a full recording of the book (albeit in a non-professional voice) that I can make into an audiobook for either download on my own site and/or download via one of the online systems.
Recording my books, stories and notes and then sharing them on podcasts works for me at the moment.
I have no idea how it will work as a traffic driver or any other impact it will have but it’s an interesting exercise and at least my work is getting a last once-over before publishing.