It’s a newsletter… of sorts. But one that won’t take you long to read. Long-form newsletters are fantastic, but there’s an upper limit on how many any given person can consume, and I’m reticent to add to the load.
It’s really an update list, hence the Twitter handle. An update list/service that will highlight an overlooked segment of fiction podcasters: completed works of fiction.
Fiction podcasters are often quite good at making noise for their fiction podcasts—single narrator, full cast, experimental, or whatever—when they launch the show. It seems the entirety of podcast marketing is obsessed with the launch, building momentum, and getting people hooked on the idea of waiting with breathless anticipation for the next episode in a fiction podcast to drop.
Yet that misses a large segment of the population, and one I’m a member of. A portion of fans of fiction who, for whatever reason, don’t like to wait. Like me, they’re happy (or at least prefer) to wait until a story—or season—is complete until they listen, allowing them to listen at their discretion and on their timeline.
So that’s what The End will focus on. Each issue—could be weekly, timing is fungible at the moment—will highlight fiction podcasts that have recently been “completed.” It could be the entire story has been told. Or a season end has been reached. Whichever, those who prefer to control their own listening will know what’s ready for their own personal all-they-can-eat buffet, complete with links to listen and maybe some commentary. The jury is still out on that. Again, I want to keep it tight.