I announced the conclusion of Season One back in July as a way for me to step back and evaluate how I was going to podcast in the future. A few things that I felt I did wrong were:
- The name of the show doesn’t reflect it’s genre fiction content
- The lack of growth in download numbers meant I had done something wrong.
- Podcasting solo may not have been the best way to market. A fresh start using a team of podcasters on a genre titled show and website could produce a wider audience.
I’ll admit, I’m not the most charismatic guy, but that I host a show anyway should illustrate how much I love talking with authors and publishers. I think I do well enough to think you’ll enjoy having a listen, so I record it and put it out. All I can do is hope I get better as a host over time. As for the name, my answer is pretty much a summary of the rest of this post: AudioTim is my brand; I do it because I love it; and if I do my job well enough, it won’t matter what the name is.
One of my goals of improving the show, as I mentioned in the first episode of Season Two (AudioTim 41: Ramez Naam), is that I won’t do an interview I’m not excited about. I also said I need to have read the book beforehand, and liked it. I’m already a mellow guy, so hosting an episode about a book I didn’t enjoy or don’t care about isn’t going to help me amping up my excitement.
I’m really excited about these two books, so it’s an honor to present my recommendation, and review of Nexus.
I tried to set up a podcast team, but, it just plain didn’t work. So, I was left either reaching out to other people, or just doing my own thing. I kind of like doing my own thing. I love podcasting, but I could dread it if put into a compromising situation. Download numbers don’t mean enough for me to accept a role I don’t enjoy. So, if AudioTim doesn’t take off in Season Two, I don’t care. I do this because I enjoy it.
This means, I’ll choose the books I want to read instead of reading just because someone has an upcoming release. My end goal is to be a full time novelist, so I need to make my precious reading time count toward helping my novels evolve. If your story helps me improve my craft, and I like it enough to finish, then I’ll invite you on the show.
I have a half dozen panels recorded from ChiCon 7 (World Science Fiction Convention’s location in 2012). I’ll post one every month in between my new interviews, so you’ll get two podcasts a month, posted on Monday (or Saturday evening if I finish early). My first notification goes on my Facebook Author Page, if you want to go like it.
I can use your help spreading the word on episodes you enjoy, and should have some giveaways on occasion. (Giveaway now until 12/24 for a paperback of Ramez Naam’s NEXUS – enter here). I would love your subscription on iTunes, and reviews (or just star ratings), because of how that helps my placement there.
I hope my love for genre fiction comes through in each show. I do this because podcasts like Adventures in SciFi Publishing and I Should Be Writing helped me go from a wannabe writer to one who has dedicated himself to realizing his dream. Listening to writing podcasts on my commute and while working out is an indescribable inspiration, and it’s my desire to do the same for you.
Your feedback on how to improve the show is welcome. I’ve thought about inviting friends and other reviewers on to discuss books that I’ve read, so if you’d be interested in coming on, let me know. Friend me over at Goodreads and we can compare books. Maybe I should start a group to line up book discussions on the show… as if people didn’t already have enough of those emails. We’ll see.
I’m also a reviewer over at SF Signal now, and already have my first written interview to prepare for them. Not only am I excited to team up with the great people over there, but the opportunity to show people who I am will help bring people here. I’m in this to make friends, too, so it’s all good.
Now let’s go have some fun. Until next time, God bless.