Welcome to the God of Honeybees Podcast. I’m glad you’re here.
I’m Justin Herb and this is the God of Honeybees Podcast. In this update episode, I want to let you know about what I’ve been working on. First I need to say thank you to some people!
I’m recording this on July 21st but this episode will come out on July 16th. At the time of this recording, I have had 8 people signed up for the email newsletter! So I want to say thank you to Cheryl, Tracy, Rebecca, my brother Jeremy, my mom Sarah, my mother-in-law Julie, my editor Patience, and my wife Christianna. Thanks to all of you for being a part of the newsletter. I hope everyone is enjoying their custom sticker or coaster.
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I want to tell you about what’s been happening lately with work around this podcast and the book. As far as the podcast goes, I have now got two working condenser mics. For anybody listening that might be interested in setting up a cheap rig to get better sound, you might consider these mics from Tonor. I got the whole set up, mic pop filter, wind screen, stand, from eBay for $20. I’ve then run the sound into a processing app to get some clearer sound. It’s not the best sound, but for $20, I’m pretty impressed with how much better it is than what I had. Also I have been on the hunt for quite some time to find an intro song that I could use commercially, meaning ads could be placed in the episodes. I came across a couple websites that offered licenses that would allow me to do this, but the songs were just lame as hell. I would spend hours on a site clicking next, next, next and just not get anywhere. Finally I came across a producer whose website is karnbeats.com and found some excellent music. The song you heard at the beginning of this episode is one I got a license for from Karn Beats. So if you are looking for music to use for your project, check them out. Not only did I stumble across great music from Karn Beats, but our friend Tyler Ott, known widely as the rapper onitty, has been helping me out in a huge way putting together a custom song for me to use on the show! Once that is ready, it will be on this very episode and I am so stoked. Like I mentioned in the last episode, I’m part of a band called the Bionic Monks and we have actually done some shows with Tyler. Music and the audio experience of each episode is of such a high concern for me, so I could not settle for basic music. That is why I’m so excited about the music I found from Karn Beats but even more so whatever might be cooking with Tyler.
On to the book! Recently I ordered a proof copy from Lulu.com and it was so great to see the work in actual book form. If you aren’t familiar with Lulu, it is a full service book self-publishing service. I believe they even have services that will help with cover design. Anyway, all it takes is uploading the typeset PDF of your work and the cover art, and Lulu creates a print-ready preview. They have fantastic prices on printing and even set your book up with an ISBN. From there you can publish the book to Lulu, making it a print-on-demand service. You can also publish to Amazon which is nice and easy. The reason for ordering my proof copy was so that I could put a personal thank you note inside for the author who agreed to give me her thoughts on the current draft. Like I’ve said, I won’t name-drop in case she isn’t cool with that. If I find out later that she is okay with that, then you know I will name-drop left and right. She told me she would start reading the book this past Friday, so I’m eagerly awaiting her feedback. Also I was able to send a copy of the book to arguably my favorite podcast and two of my favorite podcast hosts. I’ll wait to name-drop later, but they are from Australia and again, I am so excited to see what they have to say. Lulu notified me that there was a shipping delay so they will probably get the book this week or next.
My hope is to use the feedback I get to help bring the book to it’s final form. I’ve gone through and made sure every idea I present is fully explained without rambling on. But I want an outside view to get a new perspective. The next step will be to raise money for the editor. I’m going to have to find a way to raise $700 assuming the text doesn’t increase in size too much. The current idea is to offer pre-orders of the book on Patreon. If you aren’t familiar with Patreon, it’s a platform for creators and supporters to connect. Instead of something like Kickstarter that is a one-time donation in return for items or benefits, Patreon is aiming to craft long-term connections with supporters by providing a monthly support platform. This means that you can send X amount of dollars a month to your favorite creators. As far as the book is concerned, I’ll offer the pre-order option one time, and if we reach the $700 mark, then I can get the book edited by Patience Uhlman of 29Pilgrims.com. She does great work so if you are in the market for an editor, be it website content or print, I would recommend her. So I will post all kinds of updates once the pre-order option is ready to go. Until then, there is a simple $5/month option that just helps keep the project going. Like I’ve said in the past, if you can’t swing it, don’t worry about it. The shows that come out on the first and third Tuesday will always be free. If you can chip in, I fully appreciate it.
Special thanks to Karn Beats for producing the music on this show. As always, you can reach me on godofhoneybees.com and let me know what you think of the show. Sign up for the email version of the show and I will send you a free sticker or coaster, whichever I have available. You get a free item with the podcast logo as well as links to all the sources I reference and a fancy PDF version of the show. You can also find me on Instagram at godofbeespodcast, Twitter at GOHPodcast, Facebook at God of Honeybees Podcast, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This has been God of Honeybees Podcast. I’m Justin Herb. Thanks for listening.
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