How does that apply to a keyboard monkey and voice actor like me? Well yes, I’m a full time, professional storyteller and narrator, but I still make the larger portion of my income working for other authors to create their audiobooks. I think Fair-Trade, Patreon and the growing concept of Digital Patronage have a lot in common, and can help me get where I need to be. Download
I’ve given away hundreds of hours of stories as free podcasts. I also sell the stories as books, ebooks & audiobooks so after a few months I pull down old stories from the feed. There is always a complete, free story to listen to, and if you want more you can become my patron for a few bucks a month and access them all (as well as Patreon exclusive content).
If you missed earlier stories, I’ve created a Soundcloud sampler feed, where I’ll give out the first episodes of various stories in podcast form (6 years is like 50 in podcast years, so sound quality varies.) Subscribe to this RSS link for a ‘new’ Episode #1 automatically every few weeks. Enjoy!
I only do this once a year. Only 5 people have had the honor.
This year I made Etsy the home for my Read Free For Life offer, now built around a piece of made to order artwork.
Choose a cover of my books to be signed & inscribed. This work will be a ‘Golden Ticket’ entitling the bearer to an electronic copy of all fiction works I publish, writing as John Mierau, FOR LIFE!
Everything I write & publish, access to my private podcast archive, an exclusive made-to-order print of your choice of cover art AND download codes for my ENTIRE Audible audiobook library to date is a prize ONLY TWO of you can have for $300.
Click over to Etsy for more info.
I teased a September lauanch, but then my family had a car accident. No one’s badly hurt but it cost me weeks of time…and my wife’s still off nursing a concussion worthy of an NFL linebacker!
Long story short: Farlost will continue a few more weeks before Walk The Fire 2 hits the airwaves! So now you know, and knowing is half the battle! Stay tuned, readers & listeners!
It’s a big week for me: INFILTRATION, the second Enemy Lines book is now out on Audible.com. Like Subversion: Enemy Lines Book 1, it’s voiced by the incredible Kelley Hazen of Storyteller Productions (also the voice of the ‘Hunt for Jack Reacher’ series & many more).
Infiltration carries the near-future battle, between advanced humans & an alien force eager to invade, to Earth. As if alien invasion wasn’t enough: corporate treason, political intrigue, & old fashioned human greed threaten everything on the planet.
For 5 years, I’ve given fiction away in podcasts. I’m very grateful to all of you keeping up with the the ‘Serving Worlds’ podcast. It’s not going away, but it is changing: RSS & iTunes now lead to SERVING WORLDS CURRENT, where new fiction will stay free: http://servingworldscurrent.libsyn.com//
Blog posts will be broken for old episodes for a while, but ALL 5 years of content will now live in a Patreon ‘Serving Worlds’ archive podcast for supporters of my work. If you like what I do, please support me making more.
Things area on hold this week, folks. Following on family stuff, I’m now healing off a concussion from a car accident. Excellent prognosis for recovery, but I’m pretty incapable of thought, let alone writing or producing audio.
See you on the other side when my brain gets back to whatever it substitutes for normal (grin).
5 years in, I still love podcasting. I’ve made friends, amassed skills and upped my game as a writer & narrator. I’ve made just enough income to let me write a lot of stories. But things have to change.
I’M NOT QUITTING PODCASTING. The trust & attention of the thousands who tune in every month is important to me. New fiction will be podcast weekly but past stories will no longer be free.
Kelley Hazen is the narrator, Bruce Carver the producer behind the Audible version of Subversion: Enemy Lines Book 1. They’re fun people with a -heh- storied background. It’s a laid back interview with the creatives forces behind Storyteller Productions.