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Title:
So you want to start a podcast : finding your voice, telling your story, and building a community that will listen
ISBN:
9780062936677
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
viii, 216 pages ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.

"7 steps to take you from idea to hit show"--Cover.
Contents:
Dream it. Know why you want to start a podcast ; Recognize who your show is for ; Decide what your show is about ; Find inspiration in the right places ; Be honest about how much love you have to give -- Write it. Decide on a format ; Create a structure ; Focus on the top ; Prepare to script ; Give your show a strong title -- Host it. Think about diversity ; Host like a pro ; Consider getting a co-host ; Master the art of co-hosting ; Deal with co-host conflict -- Cast it. Get the guests you want ; Prepare your guests and yourself for the show ; Conduct a first-rate interview ; Consider getting a producer ; Turn to the right people for feedback -- Make it. Know the equipment you'll actually need ; Connect with your guests ; Be a top-notch editor ; Understand how to use music, movie clips, and more ; Determine the best length for your show ; Know what listeners love ; Know what listeners hate -- Share it. Create a release schedule ; Make enticing show art ; Write catchy episode titles and descriptions ; Distribute your podcast ; Think about monetization -- Grow it. Prioritize promotion ; Build community ; Get the word out ; Give great interviews ; Embrace your identity as a podcaster.
Summary:
An inspiring, comprehensive, step-by-step guide to creating a hit show, from the influential co-creator and co-host of the By the Book podcast. Though they are the fastest-growing form of media, podcasts can actually be tricky to create--and even harder to sustain. Few know the secrets of successfully creating a knockout podcast better than Kristen Meinzer. An award-winning producer and former director of nonfiction programming for Slate's sister company, Panoply, Meinzer has also hosted three successful podcasts, reaching more than ten million listeners. Now, she shares her expertise and asks the tough questions she believes are essential to creating a hit show, including: ° Why do you want to start a podcast? For a lot of aspiring podcasters, the reason is "everyone is doing it." But successful shows have a more concrete motivation. ° Who is your podcast for? Who are you trying to reach? How will your content and tone appeal to those listeners? And why will they choose your show over other forms of entertainment? ° What is your show about? Think not just about subject, but story. How will you approach your topic in a way only you can? And in two to three sentences, how will you pitch it to others? ° How is your show going to be structured? From format and interview questions to episode length and release schedule, learn to map your show out so your story thrives. With this motivational how-to guide--the only one on the subject available--you'll find the smart, bottom-line advice and inspiration you need to produce an entertaining podcast and promote it to an audience that will love it. [This book] gives you the tools you need to start a podcast--and the insight to keep it thriving. --
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An inspiring, comprehensive, step-by-step guide to creating a hit show, So You Want to Start a Podcast covers everything from hosting and guest booking to editing and marketing - while offering plenty of encouragement and insider stories along the way. 



Though they are the fastest-growing form of media, podcasts can actually be tricky to create--and even harder to sustain. Few know the secrets of successfully creating a knockout podcast better than Kristen Meinzer. An award-winning commentator, producer, and former director of nonfiction programming for Slate's sister company, Panoply, Meinzer has also hosted three successful podcasts, reaching more than ten million listeners. Now, she shares her expertise, providing aspiring podcasters with crucial information and guidance to work smarter, not harder as they start their own audio forum.

Meinzer believes that we each have a unique voice that deserves to be heard. But many of us may need some help transforming our ideas into reality. So You Want to Start a Podcast asks the tough but important questions to help budding podcasters define and achieve their goals, including:

Why do you want to start a podcast? 

Think about specifically why you want to start a podcast versus a blog, zine, YouTube channel, Instagram feed, or other media outlet. Find out if a podcast is really the best way to tell your story--and what you really need (and don't need!) in order to get started.

What is your show about? 

For any advertiser, corporate partner, or press outlet, you need a snappy pitch. How would you describe what you want to do in two to three sentences?

Who is your podcast for? 

Who are you trying to reach? How will your content and tone appeal to those listeners?

How is your show going to be structured? 

Create a step-by-step map planning the show out. Think about length, segments, interviews, advice, news reads, and other aspects of successful podcasts you can adapt for your own.

With this motivational how-to guide--the only one on the subject available--you'll find the smart, bottom-line advice and inspiration you need to produce an entertaining and informative podcast and promote it to an audience that will love it. So You Want to Start a Podcast gives you the tools you need to start a podcast--and the insight to keep it thriving!


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Booklist Review

Everyone thinks the hard part about starting a podcast is the technology microphones, editing software, etc. but, according to Meinzer, none of that matters if the foundation for your podcast isn't sound (ha). Fortunately, this guide breaks down the steps necessary for anyone with a story to share to do so in podcast form, based on her years of experience as a podcast host and producer (she is currently the co-host of By the Book). To oversimplify: start with defining both the "what" and "why" of the show, nail down a structure, then pick a host (or two), invite great guests, and grow your audience. Each big step is broken down into smaller pieces, made to seem manageable by Meinzer's jaunty, affirming writing style. The advice is solid and wide-ranging as she discusses how to deal with everything from cohost conflicts to using movie clips. But that stuff can be found elsewhere; the real value of this book is the balance of clear instruction with motivation as Meinzer encourages aspiring podcasters to dig deep into what they want to share, while providing them with the tools to make their voices heard.--Susan Maguire Copyright 2019 Booklist