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Stories of and by podcasters.  How they got started, how they stay inspired, and the stories they have to tell.
Stories of and by podcasters. How they got started, how they stay inspired, and the stories they have to tell.
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What exactly is this project?

Pod Life is a collection of essays by 30 different podcasters from varied backgrounds and at different experience levels.  This is not a mere "how to start a podcast" manual, this is a book about the human experience peppered with practical advice.  What we have gathered is a series of essays about the lives of people that make and love podcasts.  

Who are we?

The Southgates (Rob, Martha and Molly) are a family of podcasters that also oversee a network of roughly 100 podcasts, blogs, and video channels.  Their business sprung from their entrepreneurial drive and a love of pop culture and podcasts.  As their company, Southgate Media Group, entered it's fourth year, they decided it was time to try something new and the idea of a book was born.  Molly is a 10 year old powerhouse that at one time was the youngest host of podcast on iTunes and is now a seasoned veteran of over 300 episodes and live shows.  Martha and Rob host a number of podcasts and have recorded well over 1,000 episodes since the inception of SMG, as well as, regular hosts of live podcasts at the Blue Box Cafe in Elgin, IL.

Why a Kickstarter Campaign?

Your support will give us the funds to publish and promote the book.  This Kickstarter is to help offset the costs of cover art and editing (both of which are top notch.) If we hit our stretch goals, we will also be able to purchase additional promotional materials such as flyers, posters, and other swag. We truly appreciate any support you can give!

So who contributed to this book?

Cynthia Bemis Abrams, Jim Alexander, Brian Alford, JB Anderton,  Lawrence Burgess, Dave White, Nicki Eighty, Wendi Freeman, Samuel Gronseth II, Troy Heinritz, Jesse Jackson, Chantel Jones, Demian Johnston, JC Lacroix, Karen Lindsay, Michelle Lynn, Jeff Marsick, Melissa Maxey, Phil Perich, Aaron Peterson, Christine Piccolo, Olivia Richards,  Brian Ryder, Scott Ryder, Eric Scull, Kenneth Smyson, Martha Southgate, Molly Southgate, Rob Southgate, Scott Traiano, Jack Wengrosky,  

And more to be announced…  

How else can you help?

Spread the word. Share this campaign. Tell your friends, co-workers, families, really anyone who loves podcasts or wants to support experimental forms of entertainment. Share this on social media or get a bullhorn and stand on a corner.

Stretch Goals

If we reach our Kickstarter goal before the 30 days are up, we'll start to unlock our stretch goals.  Each stretch goal will make this book better and  help us to reach more and more podcast enthusiasts!

 

 

 

 

 We need to hit $1800 to achieve our final Stretch Goal!  Can we do it?

  Thanks for supporting us!

Risks and challenges

No risks here. The book will publish no matter what. Having the funds will simply make the launch better. Every dime brought in from this Kickstarter will go toward improving the our project.

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    Get a signed print copy of the book (by at least 5 contributors), a digital copy, plus get to guest on a roundtable podcast with at least 4 contributors to the project.

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    At this level, you truly want to do everything you can to make this book a reality and we want to reward you for that. Obviously at this level you get everything from Reward #5. In addition, we will add your name to the acknowledgments page in the book. And finally, you get a one hour private Skype call with Rob Southgate to pick his brain about podcasting, this book, or really just about anything you want to talk about with him. Only four rewards are offered at this level.

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