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29 May 2005 @ 11:01 pm
Looking Forward To Some Blenheim's  
Haven't done much graphics work in a while. But then, a friend asked, and here's what resulted (follow the link to see the banner, I'll probably post a link to the source image at some point):



So, uh, go check out the podcast (I suppose I should actually get around to listening to it myself at some point...)
 
 
In the mood: awake
Now playing: Beethoven - Symphony No. 8 - 1. Allegro Vivae E Con Brio
 
 
 
Laurel Amberdineamberdine on May 30th, 2005 12:29 pm (UTC)
Purty.

I haven't listened myself. I read so much faster than anyone speaks that I don't see the point.
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on May 30th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
Well, if Steve is any judge, I'd say postcasting is most oriented towards people who'd listen to audiobooks in the car, like commuters and such.

(My commute isn't long enough to do much of anything right now, but I used to listen to language CDs.)
Steve Eleysfeley on June 3rd, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
Hi Laurel!

The basic point is, like Doug said, there are times when reading might be inconvenient but you're in a mood to listen to something. Also, I'm very particular about what stories I buy for Escape Pod, and if your idea of "fun short SF" is congruent with mine there may be some value in the filtering. I mean for it to be a true magazine in audio form, and that what I'm working toward.

The other point is that I was bored and this podcasting thing sounded like fun. >8-> Very few podcasts actually have "a point," and in that sense I'm probably ahead of the game simply by having a focus and a format.
Laurel Amberdineamberdine on June 3rd, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Hi Steve!

The commute-listen makes lots of sense. Books-on-tape have been useful for a long time, of course. Personally, I'd like a text version available too, though... (I haven't even looked to see if you offer that.)

So how does it feel to be a publisher now? Any hopeful writers groveling before you yet? :)
Steve Eleysfeley on June 6th, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
Personally, I'd like a text version available too, though... (I haven't even looked to see if you offer that.)

We don't, and the way our contract is written we can't -- we only buy non-exclusive audio rights, and the right to distribute the audio file via a Creative Commons license. Really, that's the only niche we're trying to carve out. A lot of our stories come from online publications to begin with, and we'd rather point people at those venues than try to compete with them.

So how does it feel to be a publisher now? Any hopeful writers groveling before you yet? :)

Heh. No groveling, but slush reading is an adventure. >8-> Thus far my purchases have been about 50/50 between well-known writers and relative unknowns, and that's pretty much the way I like it.

It's been fun so far. Podcasting is a fair bit of work, but it's interesting work, and nothing I've yet done has gotten as large an audience and as much positive feedback as this project has gotten in a month. I'm digging it. And you never know, you might too. >8->