Interview with Tee Morris & Philippa Ballantine, July 2008

ERK POD ROUND TABLE 7 – DOUBLE TROUBLE

SUNDAY 27 JULY 2008, 11AM SYDNEY TIME (GMT +10)

HOSTED BY ERK & DRUE

SPECIAL GUESTS: AUTHORS & PODCASTERS TEE MORRIS AND PHILIPPA BALLANTINE

PANELISTS: ORANGE TIM, RICHARD, CATHERINE



PART 1 – INTERVIEW

ERK POD ROUND TABLE 7 – DOUBLE TROUBLE (EPISODE 125)

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHORS & PODCASTERS TEE MORRIS AND PHILIPPA BALLANTINE

Interview with Tee Morris & Philippa Ballantine – 90 minutes

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR INTERVIEW

At the commencement of Erk Pod Round Table 7, co-host Drue, professional podcast guest Orange Tim and I were joined by authors and podcasters Tee Morris & Philippa Ballantine as a part of the Double Trouble promotion to promote their new books The Case of the Pitcher’s Pendant (Tee) and Digital Magic (Pip) and to talk podcasting, podcasting books, writing and more. This interview opened the Round Table and was streamed live from this site and on uStream from 11am on Sunday 27 July (Sydney time, GMT +10). This was  followed by the usual fun & entertainment that is Erk Pod Round Table where we look at Australian life, the (often wacky) news and a lot more, some of which Tee & Pip joined us for. This was going to be without doubt the biggest and best Erk Pod Round Table ever!

Originally, Tee and Pip were going to release their books separately on August 8, 2008. Since finding out that co-incidence, both authors got together and decided to mutually promote each other’s book release under the “Double Trouble” brand. The aim of the promotion is to send both books to the top of the Amazon book charts on the 08/08/08 when they are released. No one can possibly get that date confused! However due to time zones, the best time to start to buy both books on Amazon will be 8am Pacific time on Friday 08/08/08 (1am Sydney time, Saturday 09 August.)

Prior to launch, both authors are using their respective podcasts, audiences and social networks to promote both books. In addition, they are appearing on other podcasts (such as Erk Pod) which is great as well. Indeed, Erk Pod will be the 14th podcast to feature in this Double Trouble promotion.

In case you are unaware of a podcast novel, it isn’t simply a case of the author turning up to a recording booth, opening the book to page 1, hitting record and simply reading “It was the best of days, it was the worst of days”. Instead, most podcast authors put a lot of time and effort into their recording to make the book come alive complete with character voices, special effects and more. Usually, each chapter is released as a separate podcast episode on a weekly basis until the entire book is completed although this may vary between authors. Usually, these podcast episodes are free and the authors hope that by listening to the podcast version, you will go out and buy a book or two. As an example of the production values, there are a couple of promos played during the interview.

Tee is based in America has written several award winning novels, hosts The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy podcast and also produces podcast versions of his novels. In fact, Tee was the first person to produce a complete podcast version of a novel. Long time Erk Pod listeners would know that the book that Tee co-wrote (with Evo Terra) “Podcasting for Dummies” and the companion podcast greatly inspired me and helped me greatly to improve Erk Pod.

Pip has also written award nominated novels and has more recently also moved into the area of podcasting her novels as well as appearing as voice talent in some of Tee’s work. I found Pip’s podcast Whispers At the Edge as a result of listening to The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy. Based in New Zealand, Pip hasn’t let the fact of living in a relatively small island in the middle of the ocean stop her from writing and promoting her work in the American market. In addition to this, Pip was our first guest from New Zealand ever to appear on Erk Pod.

In this interview:

  • Introduction
  • Has Tee tried Vegemite?
  • Erk’s Double Trouble analogy
  • How did the Double Trouble promotion start?
  • Pip & Tee give a summary of their new novels
  • Are the novels going to be podcasted?
  • Real jobs and full time podcasting/writing
  • Another promo for Erk to make
  • Planned sequels?
  • Baseball and possible international incidents
  • Coming up with ideas as a writer when you aren’t actually writing
  • Promo: Morevi Remastered
  • What is podcast fiction and how long does it take?
  • Shout out to Stephen from the Tea & Chat podcast whose interview with Tee and Pip led to this interview
  • The Haka and The All Blacks. Pip goes deaf.
  • Promo: Whispers at the Edge
  • Recording lines for podcast novels
  • Guest voices for podcast novels
  • Tim offers his vocal talents for podcast novels
  • Promo: The Levers of Katoomba
  • Erk offers Leigh the Voice Over Guy’s vocal talents as well
  • How has social networking helped writers?
  • Podcasting: The Crack of a New Generation
  • Shout out to the uStream chatters
  • How old is your Navy?
  • The Americas Cup & Rugby rivalry
  • Fosters, Canadia, Poms and more
  • The origins of “The Sarge”  & The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy
  • Tourism advertisements
  • Exchange rates, air travel & drinking for your country
  • Signed books?
  • Visiting Australia, commuting between the US & NZ
  • Outro
  • Music: “Ironman” by Ammp (NZ) courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network
  • Follow us on Twitter: Erk (@erkpod), Drue (@druey), Tim (@orangetim), Tee (@TeeMonster) & Pip (@PhilippaJane)

PART 2

ERK POD ROUND TABLE 7 – DOUBLE TROUBLE (EPISODE 126)

WITH ERK, DRUE, ORANGE TIM, TEE, PIP, RICHARD

Erk Pod Round Table 7 part 2 (episode 126) – 84 minutes

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Hosts: Erk & Drue

Panelists: Orange Tim (studio), Pip, Richard, Tee

In this episode:

  • Introduction and welcome back
  • Thank you to Pip and Tee for hanging out and taking part in the episode even though the interview was over
  • Welcome back, Drue. Where has Drue been?
  • Drue’s de-activated his Facebook account but isn’t missing it (so far)
  • What’s happening in the world of Tim?
  • Signing up Tim for Twitter live on air. Follow Tim (@orangetim)
  • Erk’s feeling a bit crook
  • This Round Table is on a Sunday (Erk Pod time) instead of the normal Saturday. This works out to be better for our American guests and listeners as it is on Saturday night this time rather than the normal Friday night.
  • Shawno & Jen from the Hyper Nonsense podcast aren’t here on the Round Table because they are at a Stone Temple Pilots concert.
  • Roll call of everyone’s Twitter ID’s
  • Tee’s helpful suggestions for Twitter clients (Twitterifc & Twhirl) and that user names are case sensitive.
  • Erk needs to re-read chapter 1 of Tee’s book “Podcasting For Dummies” entitled “How to Talk”. DISCLAIMER: Chapter 1 of Podcasting for Dummies isn’t really entitled “How to Talk” but it sounds good and is referenced several times during the Round Table.
  • Richard’s had computer issues again and is using his Linux box.
  • iPhone and Apple talk from Australia, New Zealand & the US
  • Why Tee doesn’t want an iPhone
  • Zune & Microsoft talk
  • Batman: Dark Knight talk. Erk asks the question “Does Heath Ledger deserve an award purely on his acting ability in the movie or will he get a sympathy nomination/award?”
  • Farewell to Tee & Pip. Good luck with the launch of your books, guys!
  • Kiwi accents in Chicago
  • World Catholic Youth Month summary with stats compiled by Orange Tim from various online sources.
  • Meat pies and lamingtons
  • Educate Richard > lamingtons
  • Last weekend was the end of World Catholic Youth Month and this weekend is Sexpo
  • Welcome to our Bunny. Bunny works now with Drue’s wifi and Bunny now has a name. We chuck up quite a few ideas before deciding on _____________________ (you’ll have to listen!)
  • Crap names
  • A New Zealand judge disallows the naming of two children Fish & Chips.
  • Opening the phone lines
  • Music: “Go” by New Zealand band Ammp courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.
  • Promo: Double Trouble 08.08.08
  • Follow us on Twitter: Erk (@erkpod), Drue (@druey), Tim (@orangetim), Richard (@rgspro), Tee (@TeeMonster) & Pip (@PhilippaJane)
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