I kept meaning to type this out, and so much else kept getting in
front of it... Still, I think it's an interesting picture of where
podcasting is right now. And a bit of news, too.
As many of you know, the 64th World Science Fiction Convention took
place last weekend in Anaheim, CA. I was there as a program
participant; so was Evo. We also had the company of Matt Selznick,
Mark Jeffrey, Christiana Ellis, Jack Mangan, Paul Fischer, Cory
Doctorow, and several other excellent podcast authors. During the day
we managed to shake a lot of hands, give out a *lot* of business cards
and bookmarks, and get the word out to a few thousand people about
podcast fiction. To my surprise, almost everyone I talked to was at
least familiar with the word 'podcasting,' although understanding of
the details did vary a bit. We did have to hit the "You don't need an
iPod!" line a few times. But I think it's totally certain now that
the science fiction & fantasy community is ready to take this
technology seriously as a new means of bringing people into the genre.
In the evenings, we hosted the Podcast Party Suite, with the generous
support of Podcast Ready Inc. This was an incredible success.
Hundreds of people came through our party every night, had a great
time dancing or hanging out on the pool deck, and came out with more
podcasting handouts. This was largely thanks to DJ Steveboy of the
Podrunner podcast (#22 on iTunes right now!) who volunteered his time
to spin some excellent dance music all three nights. Many people told
us we were *the* party to be at this year, and a couple people said
ours was the only party where they felt comfortable staying for more
than a few minutes.
In short: a great time and a major success getting the word out about
podcasting. Now we just get to do it again at Dragon*Con. Hey, I
didn't need sleep...
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Oh, and one other note: I announced on Escape Pod last Thursday, and
then at Worldcon, that we're raising our standard payment rate for
stories to $100. Yes, we're doing a story every week at that rate.
This is almost entirely thanks to listener donations.
So if anyone says you can't base a business model on giving content
away... Well, here's one example that's succeeding.
Steve Eley (sfeley@...
ESCAPE POD - The Science Fiction Podcast Magazine