Eric Nuzum - Make Noise (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Skye Pillsbury

With 2,000 new podcasts created every week, 286 a day, 12 an hour, and one every five minutes, podcasting is the fastest growing audio platform in the world. But despite all of this interest from audiences and creators, there is very little advice for would-be podcasters on how to start, and there’s even less to help them harness their potential to be distinct voices and great storytellers.

Make Noise: A Creator's Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling brings all the wisdom, advice, practical information, and big picture thinking that any individual or business needs to make a successful podcast. Written by Eric Nuzum, a veteran of NPR and Audible who’s had a hand in creating and launching over 130 podcasts, including some of the most successful out there like TED Radio Hour, Invisibilia, Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel, The Butterfly Effect, and West Cork, Make Noise offers an analysis of the medium, examining its promise, its drawbacks, what it offers to creators, and how to bring it all together. Filled with advice, practical tools and a deep-yet-accessible dive into what works and why, it identifies core principles to help readers develop a “Ten Word Description” that will guide them throughout the creative process. And then it gets into how-tos—how to develop character, story, voice; and how to conduct an effective interview, with tips from Terry Gross and story building ideas from Ira Glass.

Much in the way that Robert McKee’s book Story has become a must-read for any aspiring screenwriter, Make Noise is poised to become the foundational text for podcasting—the dog-eared definitive guide for anyone who has something to say.

Eric Nuzum is a leading go-to expert in audio, podcasting, radio, and spoken-word entertainment. He has developed several iconic programs and been on the front lines of innovation in the evolving podcast ecosystem. He led NPR’s initial podcasting efforts in 2005 and remained its leading creative and strategic force for a decade. He brought programs like Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Snap Judgment, and Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! into the podcasting ecosystem and helped them become iconic hits. As a creator, he developed some of NPR’s most successful podcasts, including the TED Radio Hour and Invisibilia. He continued his track record of success during his tenure as Audible’s leader for short-form content and podcasting, creating such recognized podcasts as Sincerely, X (another coproduction with TED), The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson, and Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel. Nuzum is also the co-founder of the podcast production and consulting company, Magnificent Noise.

Podcast junkie and recovered publicist Skye Pillsbury writes Inside Podcasting, an email newsletter that reaches over 15,000 avid podcast fans three times a week. In 2019 Skye launched the Inside Podcasting podcast, a show in which creators discuss their craft. In her former life, Skye crafted communications strategies for brands like Yahoo! and Microsoft and worked regularly with journalists at places like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and NPR. Skye was famous for 49 minutes when she and her son were featured in an episode of Gimlet Media’s Heavyweight podcast.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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$18.95
ISBN: 9781523504558
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - December 10th, 2019

“An interestingly idiosyncratic and personal vision of how to make podcasts.”—Ira Glass

Veteran podcast creator and strategist Eric Nuzum distills a career’s worth of wisdom, advice, practical information, and big-picture thinking to help podcasters “make noise”—to stand out in this fastest of fastest-growing media universes.