I realized recently that while I might want to be a producer, at this point in my life I am a consumer (sigh), and one of the things that I consume most voraciously is podcast fiction.
As far as I know, there is no month/week/day set aside to those that give us the fruit of their time and efforts so generously, so I would like to take a moment to say thanks, and maybe encourage others to do the same. I am proclaiming December to be IPAM. Are you with me?
If you have listened to an author’s podcast and enjoyed it, maybe you could see if they have a print version available. I am sure there is nothing that most authors would appreciate more.
If that isn’t possible, perhaps they have an ebook version available. I know Brand Gamblin’s Tumbler is currently available here in multiple e-formats. Phil Rossi is selling autographed copies of Crescent and limited edition soundtracks here.
If any type of purchasing is not feasible, perhaps you could go to podiobooks, iTunes or the authors site a leave a comment. From the podcasters I’ve talked to, this can greatly help others choose to listen.
Of course, if you happen to live near a podcaster, you could always bake them cookies or take them out to dinner. Unfortunately, this probably wouldn’t work for most of us.
Of course in the end it is up to you how, and even if, you do it. I think I’ll take my own advice and start my thank you list now.
update: If you read the comments, you’ll have noticed that Orion commented that he likes to provide feedback in the form of “listener lines” that many podcasters provide for that exact purpose. Also, somehow I forgot to include that you can also provide financial remuneration for that favored author via podiobooks.com.