by Bob Tinsley

Why should you as a visitor to TVWriter™ be interested in making audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

The meaning of the word podcast is evolving to include any episodic, audio-only production whether nonfiction or fiction. Agents and major studios have started trawling through podcasts and their creators for new content and talent. 

So here’s the latest news to help you and your podcast get discovered: 

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Mick Jagger’s Rainy Day Podcasts, Warner Bros. Digital Networks Sign First-Look Deal.

Mick Jagger formed a podcast production company. Variety says: “Warner Bros. Digital Networks has signed a first-look deal with Rainy Day Podcasts, a new company from Jagged Films partners Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman, producer Steve Bing and writer Josh Olson, with the aim of producing a number of original narrative podcasts.” According to the deal Rainy Day Podcasts will develop seven podcast series based on original IP (there’s that phrase again) for both scripted and unscripted podcasts. Jagger’s company has already signed deals with Allison Anders (Grace of My Heart), screenwriter John Brancato (Terminator 3), and writer-producer Zack Stentz (Thor).



5 Things I Learned Last Year to Survive as a Podcaster in 2020.

This article by Amanda McLoughlin, CEO of Multitude, an independent podcast collective and production company, enumerates five important points for podcasters and emphasizes the importance of doing as many things as you can yourself. “Having to do it all yourself is a competitive advantage. Whether you’re shooting for a job in podcasting, hoping to sell or scale your business, or just want some respect from bigger players in the industry, have faith that what you know is valuable. . . . Control your own destiny.” Like most how-to articles for podcasters this is written for the unscripted niche but applies equally well to fiction.



Speaking of DIY.

If you are not listening to the Audio Drama Hub podcast, you should. What you want to know about podcasting gets talked about there sooner or later. If you want to know what it’s like to write and produce a podcast, listen to the episodes by Nerys Howel, creator, writer, and producer of the fiction show, Seren. She’s a first-time podcaster doing everything herself including starring in her own show. She’s posting an audio diary of her journey on Audio Drama Hub, episodes 5, 9,10, and 11, so far. Check it out.




Advertising a Podcast, Part 1.

This initial offering of a three-part article on Podnews by the incredibly generous Sean Howard of Fable and Folly Productions, the creators of Alba Salix, Royal Physician and the improvised sci-fi dark comedy, Civilized, constitutes the most detailed and practical guide to discoverability (Sean calls it advertising) I’ve yet seen in one place — well, three places, but you know what I mean. Valuable beyond price.



Among the Stars and Bones.

A sci-fi audio drama about xenoarchaeologists investigating ruins left behind by an alien species dubbed The Proximans, this series is created, written and produced by Chris Magilton. In the first season the team finds themselves on Tefen, a toxic planet with secrets below its surface. There they discover an ancient terraforming device, a colony city over two miles deep in the ground, and hundreds of dead Proximans. How and why did the city become a tomb? The team races to find the answer before they join the original inhabitants. Writing, acting, production, and sound design are first-rate. Be sure to listen with headphones or earbuds.


Until next week, same Pod-time, same Pod-channel, keep listening and keep creating.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bob Tinsley is too modest to tell you, but this week his Audio Fiction series Escape was the second place Winner in the Drama/Action category of TVWriter™’s People’s Pilot 2019 Competition.

Another Bob Tinsley entry, JB Hickok’s Weird West, was second Runner-Up in the same category, as well as Winner of the contest’s Bonus Award for Best Audio Series Pilot.

In other words, Mr. Tinsley has proved that he knows stuff, and he is here at TVWriter™ every week, freely sharing his knowledge with all of us.

Go ahead, BT…take a bow!