Are you a podcaster and a fan of NaNoWriMo? Would you like to help with this year’s annual GSG NaNo Gaiden Podcast?
The doors are open for volunteers. Here’s what I need.
First, I need to know that you’re interested. You can do that by leaving me a comment here or by e-mailing me directly at zach at the web address above – madpoetfiles.com. I’m putting up a schedule to let people know what days are taken and what are still available. I’m reserving the right to put up two episodes per week, but if you REALLY want a Monday or a Saturday for some reason, let me know and we’ll work it out.
Second, for the actual episode: An episode should
- Give the date the episode will go live (each episode will go live at 5:30 AM Eastern Time on the day it’s scheduled). “Welcome to the GSG NaNo Collective Episode for November XX, 2012!”
- Give the target word count for the end of that day. “By the end of today you should be (XX*1667) words into your new novel.”
- Your name, and your website. “I’m Zachary Ricks, from madpoetfiles.com.”
- Followed by: writing advice, encouragement, prompts, etc. for 3-5 minutes.
- At the end of the episode, take 30-45 seconds to refer people to your writing, your website, your tumblr, whatever. “Thanks for listening, I’m Zachary Ricks, and for more of my thoughts on writing as well as to find links to my novel, Crown of Exiles: Battlehymn, set your browser to www.madpoetfiles.com.”
- And unless you’ve discussed it with me beforehand, please just do the bare recording of your voice without effects and without bed music. Because of copyright issues, I reserve the right to select bed music. Historically, that’s been a recording of John Philip Sousa’s Liberty Bell March that runs about 3:16 seconds, but I now have a wide selection of public domain classical music available, so that means we can go longer, but remember that this is meant to be a quick motivational push at the beginning of someone’s writing day, so we need to keep it short and punchy.
- And I need the recording in a lossless format. As people sign up, I’ll figure out a way to have people send their episode via dropbox or something like that. WAV or AIFF, please.
- Last, I’ll need that recording at least seven (7) calendar days before the episode goes live. Stuff happens, and between writing and everything else, I don’t want anyone to feel under the gun. That week gives me time to put together bed music, add links to show notes, tag the episode appropriately, etc., and if necessary either find a replacement or record a replacement episode. If something happens and you need to back out, that’s okay. No harm, no foul, no cursing of your family unto the third and fourth generation.
And that’s it! If you’re interested (or know someone who would be), PLEASE feel free to pass this word along. The GSG NaNo podcast episodes are consistently downloaded for months and years after they’re made available. Hundreds of people listen to these, so it’s a good opportunity for exposure. AND it helps writers get in the groove for their writing day.
The Words Must Flow.