If you’re new to my blog, Literary Listens is a feature I created to share my love of podcasts while also incorporating my love for books! When I’m not reading, I also love listening to podcasts, especially audio dramas!
Today’s post is somewhat of a continuation of my Publishers & Podcasts post from May of last year, where I discussed the potential future of podcasts in publishing and YA!
With the recent release of The Girls, a limited series audio drama, based on the podcast within Courtney Summers upcoming YA Mystery-Contemporary, Sadie, I thought I’d expand more on this link between podcasts and books!
+ According to Paste Magazine, which shared an exclusive first look at episode 1 of The Girls, it’ll be releasing a new episode every Wednesday (with 6 total) leading up to the release of Sadie (September 4)! + The podcast released its 1st episode as of August 1!
While I haven’t yet read my ARC of Sadie, from what I know about the book, I think its amazing that the publisher is bringing the podcast within the story to life!
Now I’d like to share some additional ideas and speculate how podcasts can merge with publishing & books, and how The Girls is a groundbreaking first step, especially for Young Adult!
Podcasts are such an incredible and unique medium to explore stories! Through the use of audio, it allows for the listener to take in + imagine a story in their own way!
This creative outlet for storytelling, especially through already/upcoming published fiction offers a different view of the story, for example through voice acting, music, SFX, narration, etc.
Depending on the style of narration and the subject of the story, listeners are able to bring the story to life in their mind and create a picture of it in their own way, which you can’t really get with another medium.
And especially for us avid readers, getting a glimpse of a book in a new way, just adds a lot more to the reading experience!
This is something I actually hadn’t thought too much about until I compared it to fiction! Let’s be honest, books (especially new releases) can be expensive!
Through the use of a podcasts (which are free & available for streaming through iTunes Podcasts mainly, or other audio sites depending on whether they get posted there: like Sound Cloud or Stitcher to name a couple), its an incredible opportunity for readers (especially international) to have the opportunity to explore an upcoming/anticipated book at no cost!
Through the adaptation of a book (or in the case of Sadie, a podcast within the book), its an overall unique way of either expanding, even just adapting canon story lines or content from an already existing book!
With the accessibility and rise in podcasts, I do hope to see authors & publishers (especially in YA) experiment with it more in the books they publish, because its a medium well worth exploring!
From author interviews (maybe even author interviews w/ a voice actor bringing a character to life), adapted story material, original soundtracks, bonus content through an audio format like audio diaries, recordings, or serialized fiction podcasts of certain characters, etc. There are a countless number of ways this can be used to expand on the material in a published novel!
Through the use of audio, a creative idea could be for publishers to feature a specific book soon after release! This could allow for an author’s book to be given a spotlight on how it came to be!
This type of podcast could include exclusive interviews with the team behind the book, from editors, the literary agent, marketing team, cover designers, and even an exclusive interview with the author!
This can allow for readers who loved the book or even those who can’t meet the author in person, have a chance to get an exclusive look at a favorite book, from different angles!
As someone looking to get into the publishing industry, this could even offer more insight into the process of getting an up-and-coming + anticipated release out on shelves!
And those are some speculative thoughts on the future of publishing and books through podcasts! 🎙✨📚
Are you looking forward to listening to The Girls podcast alongside OR after reading Sadie?
Where do you see podcasts within the sphere of publishing & books?
*I’m planning to read Sadie (this month) alongside listening to the podcast too! So keep an eye out on the blog for a podcast review!
+ If you’d be interested in more posts discussing the future of publishing, I’d love to create more! So, definitely leave a comment letting me know! (I’m in the early stages of drafting a post about what I see specific publishers doing w/ podcasts in the future!)