Storytelling has gone hand in hand with the audio format since our ancestors told each other stories around the campfire.
I can remember lying in bed listening to Peter and the Wolf on tape, and before I wrote fiction, I listened to audio fiction podcasts like Scott Sigler’s Infected and 7th Son by JC Hutchins, early pioneers of podcast fiction.
Nowadays, we have super-professional podcasts like Welcome to Nightvale, as well as audio-dramas and radio plays. In today’s article, Matthew McLean from ThePodcastHost, talks about why you should consider podcasting your fiction.
Why do you write fiction? What’s your ultimate goal?
Is it to get published, and see your book proudly displayed on bookstore shelves?
Or is it purely as an outlet for your creativity, and for the love of reaching people with your stories?
Whatever your reason, the decision to podcast some of your work can be life-changing.
Many writers have made the leap into fiction podcasting over the years. Probably the most famous example is American sci-fi and horror author Scott Sigler, interviewed here on The Creative Penn podcast.
Back in 2007, Sigler went from giving away free serialised content, to hitting the Amazon best-sellers list with his book Ancestor.
And while starting a podcast certainly isn’t going to guarantee you the same levels of success, there are still many ways it could benefit you.
Here are the five main reasons why I’d encourage you to think about podcasting your stories.