How I came up with a story and turned it into a podcast on apple Music.
How I came up with a story and turned it into a podcast on apple Music
Hello readers! I’d like to share my story of how I got to my podcast and launch on Apple Music (so far), and what I’ve been through.
It all started quite trivially, one day my daughter Zlata asked me to tell her a bedtime story about the girl Zlata and her dragon. She told me what the story was going to be about, and my job was to figure out how it ended and how it happened.
At some point I was faced with the fact that my daughter is asked to repeat the story, so it occurred to me to write them so that I could read them.
I started a blog on Zen about fairy tales and started posting stories there
If you are interested, here is my blog.
At the same time that I was posting fairy tales, it occurred to me to make audio fairy tales. The challenge was converting the text to audio quickly enough.
I searched for a long time for various services that would help me quickly convert text to audio and make it more or less suitable for the listener. It did not look like a robot from Werder))
For example, when I recorded each story in Zen, I typed it on the keyboard it takes much longer.to dictate with the voice assistant. The problem is that Siri translates the text with errors and often hangs when working for a long time. Alice is useless.
There are many different programs, but not all programs work with macs. I have a Windows computer just in case. But there are also problems there. Text to audio track translation programs are mostly old.
Finally after a lot of searching I found the best solution for me. I found the website https://editor.speechki.org/ which translates text to audio. The positive side is that there are many voices. Another advantage is that your book can be published on Storytel and Bookmate.
However, I am still looking for a program in which I can upload an audio file with a subsequent transcription of the text. I hope readers give me a clue.
Of course, at first I was wildly tinkering with the male voice, because the voice was silly, tinny, and I had to turn off all the pauses to get the audio right. After a while they released an update in which there was a new female voice and it started speaking as it should.
Of course, you can try to do it with your own voice and intonation. But that requires time, good technique and software. I don’t have any of that, so I took the short, easy path.
Now I could not only read my daughter’s fairy tales, but I could also play the audio
In this case there was a new problem, that each story had to be opened from a different file, hello Steve Jobs.
I decided that the best thing was to put the stories on some streaming service, or on Yandex music, so that a playlist would be available. No sooner said than done.
In order to place Podcasts on Yandex Music, you have to fill out a form on the Yandex site, attach a link with an RSS feed, and in a couple of days they will give you a link to your podcast.
I sent an email to Yandex support asking how to make that very link. I have received an email with recommendations for various services that can give me the link I need.
After researching all the resources, I decided on anchor.fm
The good thing is that it had a mega-simple interface, and free. All other podcast services cost money.
When uploading all audio stories to anchor, I received an automatic RSS feed, which I sent to Yandex. A day later I received an email with a link to my podcast on Yandex Music. Now, when uploading any new story to anchor, it automatically appears in Yandex in a couple of hours.
Another advantage of the service is that it follows puts you on spotify.
Later, I found a problem with the anchor. I decided I was going to have two seasons of stories, and the service doesn’t allow you to do seasons. Inside, you can tag the audio files by seasons and broadcast numbers, but it will all dump into one of your podcasts.
So to start a new season of fairy tales, you would have to start a new account.
I have decided not to dwell on Yandex Podcasts and post stories about apple Podcasts.
The apple Podcast is also very simple. The same RSS file, you put it on a special page of the apple website in a special line, write a description and send it for moderation. Moderation took me about 4 days.
You will receive an email with a link to your podcast.
Audition statistics on the anchor website and apple podcasts can be viewed in real time. Yandex Music sends the statistics at the beginning of each month.
When I was done with podcasts, I decided to check out apple Music. But let’s back up a bit.
How I printed my first book
When I published 16 stories about Zen, I decided to print a book for “my own.”
A designer I knew did the design for me, I found a printer that prints in small runs and in a week I had 30 copies of my stories. It was euphoric, of course, to have my own book. The girl was delighted to have a storybook about her own adventures with the dragon.
It’s a rocky road to get your release on apple Music! This only applies to authors who publish fairy tales and similar material. It’s easier for musicians!
The apple website has a list of dealers that the company recommends, but after writing to these companies asking if they publish short stories, I have never heard back!
Finally, after searching the Internet, I found out the following: Most companies charge money, and sometimes a lot, to host songs, albums.
There were companies that could publish my stories
I’ve found a couple of companies that either don’t charge for unlocks (they just have a higher copyright percentage than apple), or do, but fairly acceptably. All music has to be converted to WAV files with a certain bit rate.
After uploading the stories to the first service, 10 days later it arrived rejection in placement. Correspondence with the dealer did not give a sensible answer as to what the refusal was. I decided to switch to another service, Fresh Tunes. After downloading the tracks in 7-9 days also came rejectionbecause they are not interested in fairy tales and do not accept them.
I had to find another distributor and once again post all the stories and wait for moderation. It usually takes between 2 and 3 weeks. There is no answer yet, but I hope it is positive.
I’m in the middle of something. write a second season of fairy tales.. While the first stories were about how Zlata helped animals, in the second season I decided that the stories had to have a practical meaning.
For example, why be polite, why not get dirty, how to behave with strangers. So far, a third of the stories are ready. When the season (if you can call it that) is done, I’ll do a new podcast and print a new batch of books.
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