Some of you may be feeling a little peeved about now.
Some of you may have realised that’s it’s been two months since our last episode, and there hasn’t been a sniff of a new one.
So, here’s what’s going on. The next episode ‘Long Lamkin’ is waiting to be made, but we’re not going to make it just yet. There are a couple of reasons for this:
1) We’ve been waiting to hear back from some exciting guest stars. At present, we don’t have enough subscribers. We don’t have enough subscribers to let us find a sponsor, so one of the ways in which we will try to get more people’s attention and attract new subscribers is by having slightly bigger names involved in the podcasts.
2) I’d like to start paying people for their time. All of the actors give up their time, Raoul gives us both his time and his studio. I’m very proud of the quality of the podcasts we’ve been able to make so far, but am really aware that asking people to give their time and talent for free forever isn’t going to work.
It takes about 160-170 person-hours to make an episode, from script through to the final edit. If we want to give In The Gloaming a secure, long-term future, that’s what I have to find a way to fund.
I’ve got a number of ideas as to how we can give people something for their time, cover their travel costs, show how much we value them (none of which involve charging for the podcasts – I’m adamant that they should remain free), but all of them will require a little administration, so please bear with us if they take a little time to set up.
So, here’s what you can do to hurry ‘Long Lamkin’ along. One of our biggest problems is simply that our reach isn’t as far as it should be. In the month of May we had about 2,300 subscribers, which is good – but not good enough.
We’ll start making the next episode as soon as the following happens: I hear back from any of our guest stars (nothing you can do about that); OR we hit 3,000 subscribers; OR we’re able to self-fund the next episode (when I’ve arranged ways for us to do that).
So, the big thing I can do for now is to work on ways we can fund In The Gloaming (I need to get the CDs up for sale, for instance, or start auctioning off any review copies of books I get sent for the Gloaming Reviews, etc).
The big thing you can do is to get all of your friends to listen. Burn them to CDs, copy them onto USB sticks, play them at state funerals and sports grounds, do whatever you can to get people to subscribe. Hitting 3,000 is well within our reach, and with your help we can get there. As soon as the counter ticks over 3,000 I’ll hustle people into the studio for another half-hour of horrory filth.
Sorry you haven’t had it yet, but I thought I should be up front about the reasons for our having been a little tardy, and be honest about the ways in which you can help, if you’re so minded.
Thanks again, and we look forward to gloaming for you very soon…
(Oh – and there’s an ultra-exciting thing I want to tell you all but can’t yet. It’s humongous. It’s amazing news. You’re going to freak… Sweet screams…)