3 Reasons Why You Should Podcast Your 1st Novel.

Podcasts are one of the fastest growing mediums on the internet. 

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Over the last five years podcast listenership has steadily grown and that is something that we should pay attention to.

Writer's need to be where the audience is.

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While writing that first novel we feel like Adele. We Scream, "Hello!" But nobody is paying attention. One query letter after another to agents and publishers go ignored.

We have to take the ball in our on hands. We have to scream at the world until they do listen.

Writing a first novel is a lonesome journey. No-one is listening. No-one is paying attention. If you don’t care about it no-one will.

Only after you put everything you have into it will someone feel the emotion that leaks out of your story. Your narrative. Your characters.

You have to love what you wrote before they will.
— Dan Parks
 
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Trying to figure out the iTunes submission process, keeping each chapter submission consistent, and editing and dealing with hearing your own voice narrating the words that you have written is humbling. 

However, it is through finishing a project that we are able to move on to the next one. 

Before you finish that first novel you have no idea the feeling of accomplishment that you'll feel once it is done. Then you can write another and one more after that and fourth and so on. 

Brick gets stacked on brick. Words become sentences. Sentences become paragraphs. Paragraphs become chapters and chapters become a novel. 

Momentum begets momentum.

Written words pump life into a writer.
— Dan Parks
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Podcasting should be the first step after a first novel is finished and here's 3 reasons why:

     1. It's been said, "Written dialogue should be read aloud." So why not the whole story?

     2. Podcasting your novel creates another product out of your work. It also brings a whole new audience to your work.

     3. It makes you a better writer. Reviewing your work. Narrating your words. Hearing your sentences places you in the seat of your audience and makes you feel what they feel. Hear what they hear. And ultimately, read what they read. 

It's when I understand where my audience is coming from that I can write to them. My characters will not only speak to where I am coming from, but the story will speak to a universal experience that we all share. 


Keep learning who your speaking to. Keep writing  in your authentic voice. And give podcasting a try.

Check mine out on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mercy-not-sacrifice-audiobook/id1303228434?mt=2

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     -Dan

Dan Parks