Hi, when you make a podfic do you ask the author first or do you just make clear that the fic isn't yours and maybe link the written fic? See I'm interested in doing podfic but I'm worried I won't get replies from the authors so I won't get to make podfics of my favourite fics or any replies at all. I am pretty new to being someone in the fandom who creates content so I'm unsure about the "rules" surrounding these things. I know that you do podfic and I was wondering (pt 1)
(pt2) if you had advice on how to record and edit podfics, where is the best place to post them, what sort of program/equipment to use, etc, as I am not sure where I should start? Thanks very much, PodficAnon
Okay, well, I am SO VERY GLAD you asked me these things, Anon! Welcome to podficcing!!
1) ALWAYS ASK PERMISSION.
- If they say ‘yes’, do a dance and get to work. Posting back to the original work when you post.
- If they say ‘no’, that’s end of discussion. There’s plenty of other fics that can be recorded, go to the next. Don’t be offended.
- If they don’t respond, that’s the same as a ‘no’ for the simple fact you didn’t get a ‘yes’. Consent rules here.
2) I use the program Audacity to record in, which is free to download, and you will need the LAME plug-in in order to export to mp3 and other file formats. You can use iTunes to change them all to audiobook format, Right click> Get Info> Options> Media Kind> Audiobook. This will make it remember where a person is when listening.
3) I have a Snowball mic and Dragon podfilter. I record on Audacity and either read straight from my comp, or my Kindle.
I’ve been doing this a while, and I also do it professionally, so don’t think you’re required to start out with the more expensive equipment. I started off with a $20 Logitech desk mic. USB mics generally are the best for this purpose.
4) Before recording, you may want to hum or sing your scales to warm up. Your voice is a muscle like anything else. Do not strain it. Keep water on hand- and lipchap. You will get better and improve the more you do it, like any sport or skill, but do not push yourself. If you do not take care, you can ruin your voice and do long term damage. Do not.
5) When recording, when you make a mistake, just snap your fingers and redo the line. You’ll be able to see the snap in the sound file when you go back to edit, and you can do a speedrun edit, going straight to each of the spikes to make corrections. Then go back through and listen to the file beginning to end, making corrections as you go: awkward spacing, swallowing sounds, other mistakes you need to correct, lines you want to redo, etc.
6) Gonna reiterate the importance of Rule 1, because otherwise it’s theft. You have to get that ‘yes’. It may come months later, so already be working on something else, and it’ll be a nice surprise when they do come back and say yes. But they have to say yes. And you have to give the author full credit both in the podfic for having written it, as well as when you post on, say, AO3. Written by. Link to Text. Thank you again for letting me record this. Etc.
I keep a Podfic folder with subfolders: Asked permission, Given Permission, Maybe Podfic, where I keep downloaded copies of the fic in hardcopy, because it does happen that authors eventually remove their fics (generally due to theft of their fics by assholes). I always recommend people download their faves. Some of my podfics are now the only version of the fic still available online. Also, it helps with organization to move fics from one folder to another as permission is given.
7) You will have to have some website to store on. I pay for storage on mediafire so I’m not limited in the size of the file I can upload. But, I need that, and it’s like $20 a year, or not even that. Which helped me a lot when the Podfic Archive crashed and so many people’s works were lost because that was the only place they had them stored. Once you have them stored on a website like that, you can post them on AO3. Feel free to use any of mine as an example.
- Podfic Cover
- Title | Link to text
- Written By (link)
- Narrated By
- Files: mp3 | m4b | m4a (or whatever you choose)
8) Wait to upload the podfic once you’ve finished it. Do not update a chapter at a time. It’s too easily consumed, and too easily/often abandoned.
9) Message the author that you’ve uploaded, link them to it if they’re curious or either for their convenience and use, and thank them again for allowing you to record their work.
That’s the gist of it. If you have any other questions, lemme know.