May 15 2013

Half a Million

February 2010 [©2009 K Maimer]

February 2010

… downloads. Wow.

Across all our feeds, we’ve managed to get a total of half a million downloads since we started the podcast. This is quite amazing, given that not everyone starts with episode 1 since now we have over 100 episodes in the main feed. Apart from that, we have 5 anthologies on Podiobooks and a lot of eBooks out!

Over three years ago, on Valentine’s Day 2010, we launched the podcast with a photo that was taken in Edinburgh on Frederick Street. This is – quite literally – where it all started, so we saw it fit to be the first photo for our new project.

Some of you might not know the story, so let’s tell it again. Mick and Katharina had already been contributors of writing podcasts like 100 Word Stories and Great Hites whilst at the same time pursuing their own projects. Around that time, a photo exhibition opened in Vienna. The photographer prompted the visitors to write their thoughts of the photos on a piece of paper – the stories behind the photo, or what was going on in it – and throw the paper in a big box which was situated at the exit.

That’s where the idea for the podcast came from. Katharina had always been an avid photographer, so it was easy to get the pictures that would inspire the stories. We decided to open the podcast for submissions, but read all the stories ourselves in order to maintain a consistent level of quality. So far, it has worked well, especially for people who don’t have access to recording equipment, but would like to test the waters of podcasting their fiction.

Every once in a while a hiatus is required, to recharge the creative batteries – it isn’t easy to come up with a new story every month, even when you pick the photos that prompt them. A photo that might look promising could sit on your screen for hours without a single word underneath. But then there are others – like a duck on a plank – that prompt the most varied selection of stories. The credit for this goes entirely to Mick – there might have been a moment where Katharina didn’t know why she should take a plain photo of a duck on a plank. Somewhere between cybernetic robot assassin ducks, gangland posturing and a murder she was proven wrong.

Some photos trigger discussions about the place where they are taken that are longer than the stories submitted. That’s okay, too. In the end, it’s about uniting two different creative outlets – photography and writing – just as much as it’s about throwing two different creative people together – Katharina and Mick.

Last but not least, we want to thank you – the listeners, the readers and of course the contributors – without whom this wouldn’t have been possible.  :)


Apr 17 2013

Podiobooks presents: Every Photo Tells… Book 4!

Book 4 Logo A voice from the future changes far more than just one man’s life.
A young boy must say a final farewell to his faithful companion.
Dr Simon has a lab full of pixies, but they don’t take kindly to his experiments.
Visit Jacques’ Bistro, where love blooms over the seafood.
Is one of Father Ian’s parishioners really being visited by a giant?
These subjects and many more are visited in this fourth collection of stories from ‘Every Photo Tells…’, showing that every picture can tell more than just one story, by presenting a range of tales inspired by ten unique photographs.

Read by hosts Mick and Katharina Bordet, and featuring the writing talents of several guest authors, the stories cover a wide range of themes and genres. Whether your taste is for zombies or giants, modern thriller or period adventure, time-travel or lost love, there is sure to be something for you in this anthology.

The contributors are: Cole Grinnell, Richard D. Asplund Jr., R. Taylor, Scott Roche, Hugh J. O’Donnell, Odin1Eye, Dan Absalonson, Tibbi Scott, Nobilis Reed, Jeffrey Hite, J.R. Murdock, A.F. Grappin, Michell Plested, Jeri Howitt, Val Griswold-Ford and Vincent van der Zee.

NOW on Podiobooks.com!


Jun 27 2012

Tainted Roses on Podiobooks!

 

Can you imagine – the novella “Tainted Roses” by Mark Kilfoil is already our FOURTH book on Podiobooks!
This is very exciting for us, and we hope you will check out Tainted Roses over there as well.

At this point another thanks to Mark who was so immensely inspired that he ignored each and every word limit and still put out such a great story, we had to podcast it anyway… :)

 

Now head over to Podiobooks and enjoy!

Podiobooks – Tainted Roses


May 30 2011

Every Photo Tells… Book 3 soon on Podiobooks.com!

The third volume of our short story anthology will drop on July 6 at Podiobooks.com !
Join the Facebook Event and the fun. :)


Mar 28 2011

Book 2 on Podiobooks.com

The second volume of EPT stories is now available on Podiobooks.com, running from episode 30 right through to next month’s special episode 64.

May’s prompt is already up (please submit stories by 30th April), but April will be rather quiet from us as we continue to work on something special for our return in May.


Mar 13 2011

News and Hiatus!

After 12 months of releasing EPT stories, our work on the eBook and the launch of “Book 2″ on Podiobooks on March 30, we will take another hiatus for the month of April.

There will still be a single EPT Special episode for April, that Mick and Katharina have written together.

From now on, there will also be a more rigid structure for the prompts and deadlines. The deadline for May will be April 30th.

In other words, the new photo prompt will be released on the first of each month and anybody wishing to submit a story will have a full month to write it. This will allow us to spread out the stories over the following month and better plan for how many we will accept and produce.


Aug 21 2010

“Every Photo Tells… Book 1″ is COMPLETE!

“Every Photo Tells… Book 1″ on Podiobooks.com is COMPLETE!

The Every Photo Tells… anthology, which has been released as a book on Podiobooks.com is now complete!

Book 2 is scheduled to be released in February/March 2011.

Until then, you can subscribe to THIS feed to get the stories straight away!

We hope you enjoyed all the stories so far!

Katharina & Mick


Aug 4 2010

“Every Photo Tells… Book 1″ on Podiobooks.com !!

After 6 months of short stories…

“Every Photo Tells… Book 1 by Katharina Maimer & Mick Bordet”

goes live on Podiobooks.com on

Wednesday, August 11 from 12:00 Join the Facebook event