The Book Learning Podcast!

I am beyond thrilled to introduce: The Book Learning Podcast with Steph (that’s me!) and Gabrielle (my good friend from the interwebs!).

I’m so incredibly excited to finally share this project with you. It’s been simmering for months now, while we worked out the details – and there were a lot of details. My to-do list for the podcast, if I wrote it all out now, would overwhelm me beyond words. But luckily we just took it one step at a time, and are still sort of muddling through. The most important thing, though, is that it’s launched! Boom. Bam! Out into the world goes my incessant giggling and Gabrielle’s awesome work ethic, and our baby of a podcast.

Watch the video above or here + listen to/download the podcast here!

I’m anticipating some questions. Let me head them off here!

What is the podcast about? 

Gabrielle and I are both amateur writers, with 16 novels collectively under our belts (it’s a skewed distribution..one of us has 15 of those, and it ain’t me). We realized that we wanted to get to know each other better, share our writing/reading tips with each other and the world, and discuss our favourite (slightly nerdy) topics to our heart’s content. If you’re like-minded, tune in!

Can you give me some specs about the podcast?

The first episode is 40 minutes, and it was a length that felt natural. You can probably expect future episodes to be about the same length. We plan to podcast roughly once at week. We record our podcasts through the Google+ service, Hangouts on Air. That means that they’re live while we record! In future, we may even alert you to when we record, so you can stream it live if you so choose. After recording in a video format, we pull the audio directly from the video and convert it to mp3. Then it becomes a magical podcast! So you can watch or listen to the format of your choice: the video and audio versions have identical content.

Why should I listen to your podcast?

Well, because it’s awesome! And this is the first episode, so it can only improve with time. We have a lot of fun ideas for upcoming podcasts, including but not limited to:

  • How we feel about books being adapted into movies
  • Self-publishing
  • Writing schedules
  • Our favourite books
  • Where we get inspiration
  • How to successfully complete National Novel Writing Month
  • Being professionally critiqued
  • Handling rejection
  • And so many more! (Listen to the podcast for a few more)

What you can expect from the podcast is a light, fun conversation between two young writers who love to write and read, but don’t take themselves too seriously. Become friends with us!

What is the first episode about? I don’t have time to listen right now, but I want to get excited for when I can listen to it later!

The first episode introduces the podcast and the podcasters (that’s us!). We talk about how we “met”, and how we hope the podcast will make us better friends. We also tell the stories of writing our first novels! Then we discuss what we’re currently reading. That’s the short version, for the long version you’ll just have to listen to the podcast!

Share + Rate + Comment + Suggest!

As we try to get this podcast off the ground and up into the air, we need all the help we can get. We would be so appreciative for your feedback: any and all of it! Leave comments here, under the youtube video, at my email, on iTunes, wherever! Rate us on iTunes! Share the podcast with your friends using that beautiful thing called social media! Suggest topics for upcoming podcasts, or make suggestions about books we should read, or ask us questions. I can’t tell you how excited we would be to hear from you. I’m serious. I’m talking to you.

And last but not least: thank you to everyone who has already been supportive of this project, before they’d even heard it. You know who you are, and I love y’all so much. Thank you for the excitement and support. Keep it up!

xo, Steph.


10 thoughts on “The Book Learning Podcast!”

  1. I love Podcasts! Good for you! Can I like just like give you like one suggestion like and that’s like … well.. I think you get the idea. Your a writer use that to become a good speaker. Count how many times you said “like” in this.. It dumbs everything your talking about down and makes you like sound like a teenager like… yeah
    cheers!

    1. Can I admit something? I was totally terrified while recording this first episode of the podcast, and clearly my nerves made themselves known through the way I was talking. I mean, thanks for your concern, but trust me: I am already well aware of saying “like” much too much in this podcast, and I cringe every time I listen to the episode. I have already made a resolution to work on being more eloquent in future podcasts. However, I am still very proud of the podcast, and for myself and Gabrielle for recording it despite being very nervous. That’s why I decided to publish the episode as it is, chock-full of “likes”. I don’t believe in perfection, I believe in trying your best and getting things out there, not waiting around or procrastinating until they’re “just so”.

      By the way, I have no idea if you’re a writer or not, but either way, I thought you should know that in your comment, you spelled “you’re” wrong. Twice. Sort of ironic, given the type of comment you were leaving!

  2. You guys were great! You guys did a great first podcast, covered interesting topics, you guys work great together and create a fun, lighthearted vibe. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1. Thank you so SO much for your feedback. I’m so glad you like it!!! We hope to bring more of the same in the episodes to come. :D

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