Podcast novels – social media at work

I decided to share a few of my podcast novel recommendations in the science fiction and fantasy genre.   My previous post of “What’s on my iPod” did not include books I’ve listened to on my iPod.  Given the time I spend in the car, I’m always looking for new content.  I have purchased audio books for years.  Now, I find more than enough free content to keep my mind occupied while driving.

Here are a few authors/books that come to mind.  Each author worked hard to build an audience by giving away content for free via podcasting.  Using social media, building and nurturing their online communities allowed them to bring that loyal audience to publishers as proof they could sell their product.  This helped to separate themselves from other authors trying to get books published.  They were pioneers as this was somewhat counter-intuitive and considered a bit crazy to give your content away for free in one medium hopes of being able to sell it in another medium.  These authors each signed contracts with traditional publishers after podcasting their content.

1. J.C. Hutchins – http://www.jchutchins.net/ – 7th Son Trilogy

I really enjoyed this trilogy.  It makes the top of my podcast novel list in this genre.

2. Scott Sigler – http://www.scottsigler.com/ – Infected, Earthcore, Nocturnal, The Rookie, and short stories

I almost hesitate to recommend Scott Sigler, but I must admit to waiting impatiently for each new chapter to be released via podcast as he was writing the books.  He is scary and funny, albeit in a violent, foul, and egotistical way.  His books are clearly not for everyone and his style takes some getting used to.  He refers to his readers as junkies since they get hooked on his content.

3. Mark Jeffrey – http://markjeffrey.typepad.com/ – The Pocket and the Pendant of the Max Quick Series

This series is suitable for a younger audience, but something all ages can enjoy.  I’m about to start the second book.

Beyond the obvious  iTunes, lots of  interesting podcast content can be found at sites like:

1. http://www.podiobooks.com/

2. http://librivox.org/

3. http://www.podcastalley.com/

Enjoy!

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