Cher's Blog (8)

Copper Smith on Tales to Terrify

This Friday, March 8, 2012, come to to hear a brilliant and terrifying narration of a great crime short story by Copper Smith. "We Can't Dance Together" will make your spine tingle!

Added by Cher on March 8, 2013 at 3:51am — No Comments

First Chapters not working out on crime show

I'm learning that the crime novel differs from the horror and sci fi novel in the first chapter. A horror story includes some shivers and frights in the first pages. A science fiction story includes robots or nanotech or at least stars before chapter two.

With crime I'm finding that the first chapter is, more often than not, a 20-40 page establishment shot. It sets up the location and time period. That's all vital to the story, but in audio fiction it's slow, often even dull. The… Continue

Added by Cher on February 10, 2013 at 7:23am — No Comments

Advertise your publishing house, your upcoming book, your self-published book on a podcast

The District of Wonders Network, home of four genre podcasts (StarShip Sofa, Tales to Terrify, Crime City Central and Protecting Project Pulp) wants to take things up a notch. The original episode of SSS still gets downloaded 200 times a week. Our four shows get 70,000 downloads a month. That's a lot of audio traffic.

We'll air your story for free. Would you like to advertise your publishing house or another new venture? Are you interested in sponsoring a show? We've come up with a…


Added by Cher on August 7, 2012 at 7:14am — No Comments

More for your listening pleasure

Additional exceptional listens this week: Protecting Project Pulp had a great sci fi story from 1958, "Bread Overhead." Then on Pseudopod, the host of PPP narrated the creepy crawly "Coming to a Theater Near You."

Then slip back to July 27's Roundtable Podcast for "20 Minutes With Seanan McGuire," musician, artist, graphic novelist, and fiction/non-fiction writer. If she's not your fancy, drop back a few episodes for a workshop with guest host Seth Harwood, a heavy-duty noir…


Added by Cher on July 31, 2012 at 7:57am — No Comments

Chris F Holm's "A Simple Kindness"

This week's Crime City Central is a true winner, a spine-tingling narration of a masterful piece of suspense. Just helping a pretty lady, what could go wrong? Tune in to find out!

Download the story at iTunes or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher!

If you like it, leave us a positive iTunes review. If you don't like it, send me a message about how we can make it better and we will do it.

As our host says, Like that mythical creature we can only survive if lots of people…


Added by Cher on July 31, 2012 at 7:36am — No Comments

Roundtable Podcast of Literature

The Internet's best-kept secret can be found at where Dave Robison and co-host Brian Humphrey kick around ideas with established authors. They don't limit themselves to any particular genre. They get into the sleeves-rolled-up nuts and bolts of the craft of writing.

The format of conversation as opposed to interview just really works. As a reader I come away seeing that author as a person and wanting to read…


Added by Cher on July 27, 2012 at 1:11am — No Comments

Pulp Fiction

Does your crime story cross over into pulp fiction? Check out , the new pulp fiction podcast. As a weekly show, Protecting Project Pulp will need hundreds of stories.

If you have a story they can use, get in touch! If you just love pulp fiction, download the show at iTunes and have a listen! The first two episodes presented excellent stories.

Remember that your favorite podcasts need positive…


Added by Cher on July 27, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Crime City Central wants your story

Crime City Central debuted last week to great reviews and over 750 downloads! We have many stories coming up from outstanding authors, including Ann Littlewood, Cheryl Wood-Ruggiero, Carolyn Hart, Copper Smith, Brad Morrow, Annette Meyers, Marty Maeyers, Tony Lindsay, Keven McQueen, Chris F Holm, Ray Banks, John Corrigan, Joe Lansdale and many more.

We need hundreds of stories, though, to maintain a reliable 40 - 60 minute weekly show. We can't pay for stories, but we can increase…


Added by Cher on July 26, 2012 at 4:29am — No Comments

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