Literary Listens is my newest blog series/feature where I discuss podcasts & books!
My most recent post was “YA Books That Need Podcast Adaptations,” which you can check out Here!
This weeks post is all about publishers and podcasts!
As of May 1, Tor Books announced it would be launching ” ‘Tor Labs,’ a new serialized fiction podcast imprint.“
Their first project is set to be “Steal The Stars” written by Mac Rogers, the award-winning writer of podcast thrillers The Message and LifeAfter, which will have weekly episodes starting August 2-November 1. This “Noir Science Fiction Thriller” plot is set to center around the “story of Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, two government employees guarding the biggest secret in the world: a crashed UFO.”
According to Senior Editor Marco Palmieri, from The Verge “no US book publisher, as far as we knew, was doing audio dramas — plays written to be performed by voice actors.”
With podcasts gaining such popularity right now, this got me wondering, “Would YA/Young Adult and Teen publishers consider getting into podcasts?”
If they did, how could it work?
After some thought here are some ideas I considered that could link a print book with audio:
~First chapters/excerpts or bonus content converted to an audio drama format
~Behind The Scenes
~Similar to Tor Labs, perhaps teaming up with established audio drama podcast creators to deliver an original serialized podcast
Considering podcasts are free to find/download through iTunes, it could also be just a fun way for readers to hear more from their favorite authors or books!
Aside from the traditional book this is an interesting venture to deliver/experience stories!
Storytelling can come in a number forms whether its books, podcasts, etc. and considering the dynamic, groundbreaking, and immersive power of podcasts and audio dramas, I can definitely see this as a new way for publishers to connect with readers in a different way!
What are your thoughts on this?
Do you think more publishers will/should consider podcasts as a way to deliver stories?
Let’s discuss in the comments below! 🙂