Inspired by the chat session we recorded about the Hugos, Tony C. Smith invited Jonathan Strahan and I back today to talk about the results of the Nebulas. Inevitably the discussion strayed onto other topics as well. You can listen to the podcast here.
One of the interesting questions that popped up is whether being podcast helps a story when it comes to awards. This is a difficult one for me to answer. I love listening to chatty podcasts such as the ones Jonathan has done with Gary Wolfe, and this new one with Graham Sleight, but I can’t listen to audio fiction – I find myself keeping wanting to stop, go back and see what an author did with a particular sentence. So being podcast would never increase the likelihood of my reading a story.
What do you folks think? Being online is an obvious plus, but does being podcast as opposed to being online in text help a story get noticed?