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Podcast FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
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FAQs

What is a Podcast?
Do I need an Apple iPod or other MP3 player to use this service?
What are the advantages of 'reading works' directly to your readers (listeners)?
How much does the AD-Podcast cost?
How can I submit my voice file for inclusion in the AD-Podcast?
What are the submission requirements and format?

 Subscribe to our Podcast(s) for automatic daily downloads for listening on your computer or MP3 player; anytime - anyplace.

What is a Podcast?

A podcast is the newest way to create and distribute audio content over radio format. (Well, almost...)

According to Wikipedia, Podcasting is a way of publishing files to a website that allows users to subscribe to the site and receive new files as they are posted. Most podcasts are spoken word audio created by individuals, often on a particular theme such as technology or movies. Because new files are downloaded automatically by subscribers, podcasting allows individuals to have a self-published, syndicated radio show.

Podcasting occurs when your iPod or other MP3 player meets broadcasting, hence the term Podcasting. Here's what happens: you subscribe to a feed, and audio files are automatically downloaded so you can listen on your MP3 player or computer.

Another way to look at it is what would happen if you combined a TiVo, with your MP3 player, with the web so, you could listen to a selection of content as varied as the web, whenever, and wherever you want.

All FREE to the listener!


Do I need an Apple iPod or other MP3 player to use this service?

No! In fact, you donít even need an MP3 player at all. You can listen and participate just with your computer. But if you have an iPod or iPod-like device, you can take voice shows with you and listen to them when youíre on the go.

How to tune in:
First, youíll need to install podcasting software. There are lots of programs out there, so here are some free ones you can try:

Next you need to "subscribe" to the feed.

In iTunes, go to "Advanced" then to "Subscribe to Podcast" and paste in http://feeds.feedburner.com/PoemOfTheDaybyAuthorsDencom. You can then click on the small arrow to the left of the URL to choose which AuthorsDen Podcast show you want to download.

In iPodder, go to the "Subscriptions" tab then click on the plus sign to "Add New Feed" then paste in http://feeds.feedburner.com/PoemOfTheDaybyAuthorsDencom.

Now, every time you open your podcasting software, it will automatically search for new mp3 files from AuthorsDen!


What are the advantages of 'reading works' directly to your readers (listeners)?

Readers (listeners) often identify better with an author when they are able to hear works in the author's voice. Audio files allow listeners hear and feel the authors' passions, fears, thoughts and dreams. What better way to connect with your reader than to 'talk to them'. Podcasting is like a poetry reading with thousands of listeners.


How much does the AD Open Mic program cost?

During beta testing all AuthorsDen authors and poets (AD-Lite, Bronze, Silver or Gold) may participate at no additional cost.


How can I submit my voice file for inclusion in the AuthorsDen Podcasts?

We offer three ways...

  Record NOW Send Me A Message
  Call it in (Here's how)
  Send it in (Here's how)

What are the submission requirements and format?

For submission consideration your audio files (MP3) MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Original works: Submit your own original works ONLY (Works should be read by youself or some you asked to read for you.)
  • Keep it Professional: Rehearse your reading prior to recording. Also be sure to find a quiet location without background noise when recording. Poor quality or poorly presented works will likely not be accepted.
  • Audio File format: MP3 and MWA formats ONLY! Use the "Record Now for easiest submission"
  • Respect the below Submission Script: Respecting the standardized format adds to the overall professionalism of the Podcast and ALL author sites.

    Submission Script:

    1. Introduce yourself:
      • Give your name
      • Give your geographical location (optional)
      • Provide a short 5 to 20 second biographical statement about yourself (optional)
      • Mention your inspiration when writing this and other works (optional)
    2. Introduce the work to be read:
      • Give the title of the work to be read
    3. Present the work:
      • Read it in a clear well understood voice!
    4. Closing:
      • Thank the listener for his/her time.
      • Invite them to visit your AUTHORSDEN website for more works.
      • (DO NOT mention any non-AuthorsDen websites such as Amazon.com, your publisher or even your personal website.)

Avoid the following DON'Ts when recording...

  • Don't include Background Music: As this may be found distracting by some we ask that background music not be included.
  • Don't include Sound Effects: Audio files with sound effects will not be posted.
  • Don't clutter your audio file with too much information: Refrain from providing the following...
    • telephone numbers,
    • mailing addresses,
    • emails addresses,
    • non-AuthorsDen.com website information. (Just give your AuthorsDen home page address. i.e. www.authorsden.com/paulroberts

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