☕ #81: Resilience
Podcast Editing BUSINESS Issue
Polenta at last week’s outdoor Christmas market in Bucharest, Romania.
The Global Podcast Editors newsletter…
…is where I share heaps of podcast editing business and technical information; my own audio, and podcast video editing experiments; as well as timely conversations I'm having in the space.
There are two themes for the newsletter and they run on alternate Mondays: podcast editing technology AND podcast editing business. When there’s a 5th Monday, I'll cheer in textual silence.
The winter slowdown usually frustrates me a bit. My brain associates losing momentum with sadness. But this year tastes different.
I’m using a combination of Freeletics fitness app and our local mall’s abundance of xmas lights to circumnavigate as much of the seasonal depression as possible. And I'm leaning heavily into projects that are friggin hard, to pass the time and upskill until it gets lively again.
The next biggest thing is a webinar in January where I'm sharing the process and analytics from November's 30-episode challenge. It's a huge project that has me collecting data every day in December. The webinar is meant for solopreneur podcasters but you’re welcome to check it out. Premium subscribers can sign up for free (info below).
🦑If you do one thing after scanning this issue, I hope you
share a screenshot of part of this issue in a podcasting group that you’re in (and the link) and tell folks why you liked it. Tag me if you wish @stephfuccio everywhere. Thanks!
🌸 Thanks to our December Sponsors
A special thank you to Streamyard for sponsoring our online capturing of gems for our solopreneur audience! I’ve been using them for years and am finding more and more ways to use their services. They’ve recently added local recordings too.
🐛 FEATURE: Why spreadsheets suck for this autistic solopreneur
Last night I listened to this episode of You Are Not So Smart with guest Temple Grandin. She’s known for her work with autism because of her own struggles with having this type of brain. I have this type of brain too but with a different flavor than hers. She talked about visual versus verbal brains. Fascinating stuff. It really got me thinking about how I’ve been describing my own brain’s limitations for my entire adult life. And more recently, how it’s affected my business organizational side of things in order. Because spreadsheets suck for my line allergic brain. Lines hurt. I’m not kidding. Visual sensory overload is very real for me.
🚑 Organization soup
The first year I was self-employed I was an organizational mess. It became abundantly clear when I had to do my taxes at the end of 2020. I hadn't thought I would be self-employed for as long as I was so I kept awful records. But between my basic paper monthly income tracker and digital bank statements, I was able to piece together what I had done. Financially anyway. But it took a lot of boppy music, coffee, chocolate, and crying sessions to push through and create a spreadsheet that our tax accountant could understand. Not only did the lines suck but I categorize things differently. Even with online examples I creatively f***ed it up in the first few versions by trying to cram too much into one space.
🐤 When creative tasks inform business tasks
The craziest thing happened last month during National Podcast Post Month. Because I was tracking 30 episodes on 8 platforms on a daily basis, I had to organize things fast and well. I didn’t have time to forget what digital organizational sheets I made because I was using them daily.
Yes, I said it. I forget the infrastructure I make. Out of sight, out of mind is very real for me.
This time, within 5 days I was efficient. I used a combination of …
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🤑 Business espresso shot: Helpful Resources for Emerging Radio/Audio Producers
The Africa Podfest folks shared this resource list in their recent newsletter. It’s packed with global info. Go, go, go check it out. Special thanks to Talia Augustidis for compiling this list.
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🎨 Outsource artwork
Center for Learning Unlimited (CLU) is a non-public, day school in California, U.S., which is home to a swiftly growing animation career training program for adults on the autism spectrum. The CLU studio is almost a year old and has a roster of 15 autistic adult artists and 4 instructors/job coaches.
Some of the artwork you can outsource to CLU include (but is not limited to):
2D and 3D animated content, such as short films, explainer videos, music videos, book trailers, film trailers, commercials, etc.
🐙Podcast Editing Pricing: Brandee Nichols, Podcast Manager
Brandee is a podcast manager who is in a mutual group on Facebook with me. I saw some pricing wisdom she wrote in a post there and followed her link to her website. And I’m really glad I did.
😊What I like about her services pages:
it’s super clear what categories of services she offers on this page
the drop-down menus of these specific services pages. This one is for monthly podcast management. The drop-downs make the page much less cluttered.
the cute package names (and that gold is not the top tier. hey, it’s a personal preference and I have it!)
the use of “starting at $—” for service prices. Having this tiny phrase on our websites can help so much during discovery calls.
☀️ Do you have a podcast editing pricing page on your website that you’d like to share? We have over 600 subscribers and this is the most clickable section. Send me your website and “pricing example” in the subject link.
🎟️ Have you seen this content yet?
GPE Live Chats, here’s our chat from December 1st (our last public chat)
our latest client outreach project: Meet Your Podcast Editor (come be a guest!)
Tips to Sound Natural During a Solo Podcast Episode, my recent The Podcast Host article.
🎈 GPE Live Chats > GPE Private Chats (and you’re invited)
By private I mean that we’re NOT recording them anymore and NOT putting them on YouTube. They’re just for us now. More details, including how to sign up, are available here. I hope you join us.
Here’s our NEW GPE CALENDAR webpage. All of our events will now be on this page. Updated weekly.
The next newsletter will be Tuesday, December 27th!
I’m skipping next week cause we’re country shifting back to Split, Croatia. Then, Monday the 26th is my birthday: I’ll be celebrating. So the next issue, a tech one, will be out Dec 27th. Feel free to explore previous issues during this brief break.
I am Stephanie Fuccio, podcast editor, podcast writer, and generally podcasting-obsessed human being. Although I write this newsletter solo, it has become the cornerstone of the larger GPE community and in fact, paid subscriptions fund many of our events.
The image was created by Ben Currier, on Discord apparently.
Oh, and I’m coffee obsessed.
That’s what Romanian money looks like. Well, that 1 leu bill anyway. Next to an iced latte from Handsome Monk.
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