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So You Want to Start a Podcast: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community that Will Listen

So You Want to Start a Podcast: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community that Will Listen

Written by Kristen Meinzer

Narrated by Kristen Meinzer


So You Want to Start a Podcast: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community that Will Listen

Written by Kristen Meinzer

Narrated by Kristen Meinzer

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4.5/5 (14 ratings)
Length:
4 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Aug 6, 2019
ISBN:
9780062939562
Format:
Audiobook

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Editor's Note

Audie Award winner…

“Kristen Meinzer's energetic narration is well suited to her information-packed account of what it takes to put together a successful podcast and keep it going,” say the judges who awarded this gem a 2020 Audie Award. If you’ve got a podcast, you need this guide!

Description

A 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 are actually difficult 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 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 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.

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 direction you need to produce an entertaining and informative podcast and promote it to the right audience. So You Want to Start a Podcast gives you the tools you need to start a podcast—and the insight to keep it thriving.

Publisher:
Released:
Aug 6, 2019
ISBN:
9780062939562
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

Kristen Meinzer is a podcast host, producer, and former director of nonfiction programming for Slate’s sister company, Panoply. Her hosting credits include Stitcher/Panoply’s By the Book, Stitcher’s We Love You (And So Can You), CNN’s Decades of Movies podcast, Panoply’s When Meghan Met Harry, and WNYC/PRI’s Movie Date. Her producing credits include Happier with Gretchen Rubin, The Sporkful, Food 52’s Burnt Toast, Girlboss Radio, and other award-winning shows. Kristen’s work has been celebrated in Time, the Washington Post, Bust, Buzzfeed, the Evening Standard, Real Simple, Indiewire, and dozens of other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • (4/5)
    A good overview on how to start and launch your Podcast. What I liked most was the encouragement to be as creative as you can with your show.
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed learning about starting a podcast from Kristen. Her insight as a producer and content creator reminded me of all the things I glazed in my own process. Consider Kristen your podcasting coach and heed her advice on what to do (and what not to do!).
  • (5/5)
    Just finished the audiobook. I then bought the kindle version and am now going to outline the hell out of this one and put it to work!
    Very useful!!! Look for my podcast(s) soon!
  • (5/5)
    I love Kristens voice. She gives very practical advice and stimulates you to do it: start a podcast.
  • (1/5)
    Filled with feminist and race baiting trash. Do not listen!