Podcast FAQs

For the past number of years, I’ve been the only one in my circle of family, friends, and acquaintances who has really gotten into podcasts. Releasing Hapax-the-Podcast seems to have sparked some curiosity. Personally, I think that’s awesome – I’m always happy when I can convert people, or at least get them to try it out (muahahaha…). So, here are some questions I’ve been getting:

What’s a podcast?

According to the Mighty Wikipedia: “A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of audio, video, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast).

It’s very similar to a radio or television show, except it travels through the internet, and you can save, store, and listen to episodes on your computer, portable media player, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iWhatever.

So, what does “podcasting your novel” mean?

It means that I have turned my print novel into an audio drama. Think of it as a cross between a book on tape and a radio play: I read the narration, but there are sound effects and music, as well as actors voicing different characters. These files are then put on the internet for you to download and enjoy.

How do I get episodes?

A few ways. The audio files for the episodes live on a “host” online – that’s this page here. That’s because the files are big; hosts have the space to handle the data (they’re too big to post on this blog, for instance). You can download episodes directly from there.

…but honestly, I’d use iTunes, since it’s way easier and most people are familiar with it.

  1. Go to the iTunes store.
  2. Search for “Hapax.”
  3. Click the little icon that says “Hapax” and “K.T. Bryski.”
  4. Either download the specific episodes you’d like, or hit “subscribe.”
  5. “Hapax” should now appear in your iTunes library under “podcasts.”
  6. Make sure your iTunes settings are set to sync podcasts, and then sync your device.

Whoa. What do you mean by subscribe?

When you subscribe to a podcast, you are telling your computer to regularly check for updates to that particular feed. Imagine that the episodes of Hapax are sitting in a box off in a warehouse somewhere. You could go check the box every few days, and grab new episodes as they appear. By subscribing, you’re telling your computer to do that for you.

Necessary? No.

Convenient? Yes.

How much does it cost to download/subscribe?

Nothing. Podcasts are free.

What other kinds of podcasts are there?

If you can think of it, someone has probably done a podcast on it. There are podcast novels, short story podcasts (each episode is a complete short story), university lectures, news, radio shows, talk shows catering to almost every interest, music podcasts, podcasts for kids….the list goes on. And on. And on.

Can anyone make a podcast?

You bet. I have no experience with video podcasts, but for the audio variety, all you need is a means of recording your voice, some kind of sound editing program, and an internet connection.

If you are interested, I highly recommend the book Podcasting for Dummies by Tee Morris, Evo Terra, and Chuck Tomasi. There is also a “Podcasting for Dummies” podcast (fitting, no?).

Why did you decide to podcast Hapax?

Hapax had garnered some nice comments, but nothing really concrete. Nevertheless, I still believed in the story. Having watched several authors podcast their novels first, build an audience, and then publish later, podcasting it seemed like the next logical step. Plus, I had six weeks between the end of my school semester and my flight to New Zealand – really, what else was I supposed to do?

Then Hapax found a home with Dragon Moon Press while we were in the middle of production.

That changed things slightly. It was fun telling my cast, “Oh, by the way, it’s getting published now,” and then turning around and telling Dragon Moon, “Oh, by the way, it’s already in production for podcasting.” Luckily, DMP is very pod-friendly; I couldn’t be more pleased with the way things turned out.

I have a podcast. Will you play a promo?

There are few things I love more than cross-promotion. If you’ve got an mp3 about 60 seconds in length, please send it to ktbryski@gmail.com.

More questions?

Comment below, send me an email, ask on Twitter (@ktbryski), or ask me in person if you see me….

I just had a mental image of myself at work, dressed in my Victorian garb, sitting in my pioneer house, discussing podcasts.

I wish.

-KT

Posted on September 14, 2012, in Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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