Podiobook Progress for 7/19/2009

I am in my third week of audio production for the re-serialization of the original Inner Chapters audio from the podcast as a forthcoming podiobook. As I’ve explained on the podcast and in previous posts, this work involves some new fore and after matter, music, and minimal editing to clean up the archival audio. Many listeners are new to the podcast and haven’t heard many of the earliest shows, not in the least because to keep my RSS feeds manageable, I trim them to only the last year’s worth of shows.

For those interested in my ongoing discussion of the practice and profession of programming, the podiobook will be an excellent way to go back to access the earlier installments of the ongoing Inner Chapters series. Podiobooks, if you are not familiar with the site, let’s you as a listener re-release an audio book or series on your schedule. After you register and then subscribe to a work, you get the first episode first and each one after in order. You can set your own schedule, releasing weekly, monthly, daily–even releasing the entire work, in order, into your personal feed.

I’ve had questions from listeners about how to help with the podiobook project. There isn’t really any help I need in this project as it is entirely audio editing work which I cannot easily distribute. You can help by supporting it, though. Subscribe once it is released. Rate the podiobook on their site’s rating system or better yet leave a review. Podiobooks.com also supports donations and I’ll get well over half of anything you donate. Please do donate through the site as Podiobooks.com uses the part they keep for running the service. I am good friends with both of the founders and would like it if you support them as well as supporting me.

Update: One way you can help, it just occurs to me, is with suggestions on the audio promo I need to produce for the podiobook.  Any script ideas or just ideas to get my brain moving on a form of writing that I find even harder than usual to get started would be appreciated.

If you can’t donate but still want to help, the consider subscribing to the podiobook and using your subscription to help with the audio transcriptions I need for the book version of The Inner Chapters. So far, only two chapters have transcriptions under way and I sure could use the help with the rest. If you have an iPod Touch or iPhone running the 3.0 OS, then you have the perfect tool to help–you can slow down playback and skip back 30 seconds at a touch. Combine that with the podiobook release of the original Inner Chapters and you see how effective your contribution could potentially be.

After three weeks of working on the original audio, I’ve learned that two episodes a week is a good pace. Segments vary between fifteen and thirty minutes and take between one and two hours in total so far to edit. I have to factor out some of the earliest work since that was a one time hit–selecting and chopping up the bed and accent music, recording intro and outro spots, that sort of thing. From here on out, the time required is just cleaning out the worst of the extraneous noises. By episode six my speaking had already improved considerably just based on the effort and practice I put into the podcast over its first year. Episode six in particular is also after I did my first studio upgrade, primarily ditching the head set mic for a proper capsule mic. This makes listening to do the editing work a bit less of a chore, too.

The minimum number of episodes required to schedule a release is five. This is intentional, so that any given title has a decent pad for folks who subscribe immediately. I have six episodes ready but we are having some trouble getting me set up on the media hosting service. I have an ancient libsyn account, over four years old, now. Libsyn is also the media hosting provider for Podiobooks.com and I am guessing the age of my account is causing problems with their attempts to grant me access specifically to the podiobooks.com upload and management site. Once we have that sorted, I will be able to get my episodes up quickly and hopefully schedule a release shortly thereafter. Stay tuned for the official launch date and sorry I do not yet have one.

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