Poking around the podcast stats

I’ve been poking around the stats for the Clarkesworld Magazine Podcast and noticed that the numbers have been climbing again. (Yay!) The overwhelming majority (89.7%) of our listeners are in US/UK/Canada/Australia, but it’s always fun seeing where else our listeners come from. The others on this top 20 list make up 7.2% of our audience. The US alone accounts for 70.8%.

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. Australia
  5. Germany
  6. China
  7. New Zealand
  8. France
  9. Sweden
  10. Netherlands
  11. Ireland
  12. Finland
  13. Japan
  14. South Africa
  15. Spain
  16. India
  17. Denmark
  18. Iran, Islamic Republic of
  19. Israel
  20. Mexico

Clarkesworld Turns Ten – Part Three – The Podcast

As I’ve mentioned before, for our first year, each issue of Clarkesworld was just two stories and a cover. We launched the non-fiction in our second year and the podcast later at issue 21. That means this month we are also celebrating one hundred months of podcasting.

As an editor, I feel some personal responsibility to see to it that our stories are seen by as many people as possible. Knowing that there was a significant audience for audio fiction that didn’t necessarily have reading time–or liked reading online–I started looking into the possibility of adding a podcast to Clarkesworld. Sometimes the universe conspires to put the right person in your path. In this case, it was Mary Robinette Kowal, an accomplished narrator, who had just sold us “Clockwork Chickadee.” She agreed to narrate it for us and a very bare-bones Clarkesworld podcast was born.

For the next few months, Mary and Cat Rambo provided us with a single narration per issue. When neither was available for our January 2009 issue, Mary suggested that I reach out to Kate Baker. I hadn’t heard any of Kate’s narrations before, but Mary’s recommendation was sufficient for me. After a few emails went back-and-forth–Kate likes to tell the story about how she almost priced herself out of that first narration–Kate agreed to narrate “Celadon” by Desirina Boskovich.

I had Kate record a few more stories for us throughout 2009 and was consistently impressed with the quality of her work. When we finally crossed paths that year at the Montreal Worldcon, we chatted for a while. I’m pretty sure that this is where I invited Kate to join our staff as the–we didn’t know what to call the position then–podcast director. Clarkesworld lost the Hugo Award to Weird Tales that weekend, but we gained an incredibly valuable addition to the team. Best hire I’ve ever made.

Under Kate’s leadership, the podcast continued to grow and improve. While I understood the technology, podcasting was never an area of expertise for me and I made several rookie mistakes. Kate knew what it took to have a professional show and quickly placed us on the right track. Over the next few years, the audience grew steadily, the number of shows increased, and Kate became known as “the voice of Clarkesworld.

If you’ve never listened, give it a try sometime. You can listen right from our website or…

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New Mailing List

I’ve launched a mailing list for people who want to keep up with information regarding Clarkesworld, Forever, and other short fiction projects I’m involved in. At present, the volume should only be 1-2 messages per month.

If you sign up before midnight on the 20th, you’ll be in the running for a free StoryBundle gift code for the VanderMeer Mix Tape bundle they are currently selling.

November 2014 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine

The November 2014 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available. You can get the issue:

or help us pay the bills by purchasing Clarkesworld with a subscription at:

NOVEMBER 2014 – ISSUE #98

FICTION

“Cameron Rhyder’s Legs” by Matthew Kressel
“Pernicious Romance” by Robert Reed
“The Long Haul From the ANNALS OF TRANSPORTATION, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009” by Ken Liu
“Cody” by Pat Cadigan
“The Vorkuta Event” by Ken MacLeod

NONFICTION

“We’re All Dreaming,” Arctor Said: Drugs in Science Fiction, from the 1960s to the Present by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Anywhere with Pillars: A Conversation with Jo Walton by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Another Word: Free Advice from a Full-Time Author. Worth Every Penny Paid by Wesley Chu
Editors Desk: Translation is Important by Neil Clarke

PODCAST

This month’s stories will be released in audio form over the course of the month. Read by Kate Baker.

COVER ART

Homecoming by Kuldar Leement


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October 2014 issue of Clarkesworld

The October 2014 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available. You can get the issue:

or help us pay the bills by purchasing Clarkesworld with a subscription at:

OCTOBER2014 – ISSUE #97

FICTION

“Taxidermist in the Underworld” by Maria Dahvana Headley
“Lovecraft” by Helena Bell
“Seeking boarder for rm w/ attached bathroom, must be willing to live with ghosts ($500 / Berkeley)” by Rahul Kanakia
“Pithing Needle” by E. Catherine Tobler
“A Rich, Full Week” by K.J. Parker
“Wizard’s Six” by Alex Irvine

NONFICTION

“I Sing the Lady Electric” by Brian Francis Slattery
“Science Fiction Writers Wear Disguises: A Conversation with Robert Reed” by Alvaro Zino-Amaro
“Another Word: What You Know” by Daniel Abraham
“Editor’s Desk: Eight is a Good Number” by Neil Clarke

PODCAST

This month’s stories will be released in audio form over the course of the month. Read by Kate Baker.

COVER ART

The Haunting by Sandeep Karunakaran


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