by Chantal Boudreau
When people think of fiction, they usually think of film or books. Those tend to be the most common forms of media used to tell a tale in modern times, whether they be delivered by more traditional means of TV or print, or the more technologically advanced offerings of the Internet or ebooks.
What people don’t tend to think of as often, but is certainly another method to share a story, is audio. Considering the oral tale-telling tradition predates print, it’s not a surprise it still remains an option. Some authors offer public readings but that’s not a convenient way of connecting with a large audience…unless you are J.K. Rowling and have access to the Sky-Dome. The preferred method of reaching the most people with audio using today’s technology are podcasts.
Just as with print or ebook options, there are a variety of ways to podcast your stories. Similar to books, you can “self-publish” – narrating your own tales and presenting them on your own website or via free venues like podiobooks.com. If you would rather have someone else serve up your story, the Internet seems to be rife with speculative fiction options: Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, Drabblecast, Starship Sofa, Tales to Terrify and many more. Some are the equivalent to the small press options in print, offering minimal payment or nothing other than exposure in exchange for your story and some are pro-rate venues, very particular about what stories they air. Most are free for the listening, although they do solicit donations from listeners to support their efforts.
No matter what option an author chooses, it is a great way to expand your audience and reach people who may have not otherwise gotten a taste of your tales.
I’ve dipped my toe into the podcast water, with a couple of recent releases. You can find my story “Little Sister” on Tales to Terrify. I’ve also participated in the Wicked Women Writers competition from Horror Addicts. Check out this year’s offerings – dark and speculative tales of disaster – and vote for your favourite.