The Hand of the Mandarin Quong

by Doc Coleman on July 19, 2013 · 0 comments

in Protecting Project Pulp

Sometimes, it seems like no one tells me anything. In 2012, I narrated a story for the Protecting Project Pulp podcast. Yes, they seem fond of alliteration. Anywho, I recorded The Hand of the Mandarin Quong by Sax Rohmer early in the year and sent them the raw audio, which I thought was what we had agreed upon. After several months of not hearing back from them, I contacted them to ask when I could expect the story to go live. It turns out that they hadn’t scheduled it because they didn’t have anyone to edit it. They had expected me to send them edited audio, not raw.

I’m still not sure where the miscommunication crept in, but it was a simple enough thing for us to edit the audio and send them a finished narration track. They accepted the audio and approved it, but couldn’t tell me when they were going to be able to schedule it. It seems that they have a very large buffer over at Protecting Project Pulp. Very large. Seven months of weekly podcasts large.

Of course, I didn’t know that. I just knew that they couldn’t tell me when the episode would go live. So I waited.

Imagine my surprise, when I was going through my podcasts cleaning up some old podcasts that hadn’t been deleted as scheduled, when I see that the latest episode of Protecting Project Pulp is the Sax Rohmer story! A story that had gone live last Tuesday! (Yes, I am rather behind in my podcast listening and I have a large backlog. I’m working on it.)

When you write, or do voice work, or other creative production work, there is this horrible limbo that you get sucked into. It happens after a project has been completed. All of your work is done and finalized, but the project itself isn’t ready to be released. Sometimes the post production time can be really lengthy. And this is a horrible limbo because right after you finish the work, you want to talk about the project. You’re done. You’ve done a good job. You still have excitement about the project, and you want to share it with the potential audience. Except you can’t. It is too early. By the time the post-production work is done, any marketing bump they might see would be gone. So you have to keep quiet. And wait.

Ideally, when the release is scheduled, the gag order is released and one can talk up the project and gain some interest. Build some audience. And then, there is the release itself, and it becomes time to tell everyone about it and encourage them to check it out for themselves. That is a blessed release! And that is where we are now.  Hand of the Mandarin Quong is live! Please check it out, and check out the other great stories over at Protecting Project Pulp.

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