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Dear Author 
25th-Oct-2010 07:55 pm
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Dear Author,

When I was reading your fic, a peculiar thing happened to me-- I began to hear a voice (my own, I’m not that crazy) that was reading the prose aloud. I wondered how certain sentences would sound, how to do your excellent dialogue and  what music intros and outros and story breaks and perhaps, even sound effects that would go well with it. Yes, in fact I enjoyed reading your fic so much that I would very much like, with your permission, to record your story and share it so that others might enjoy how I read it too.

Before you do of course, you must know that I will not claim your writing as my own, nor will I alter your prose, or sell my recording of your work, or share it outside of the fannish universe (but it is the internet, and things do happen). I will link back to your work so that listeners who have enjoyed the reading will be able to leave you feedback, and upon your request I will also give you a list of places that I have posted my recording to.

That being said, you have no obligation to listen to it, give feedback on it, pimp it, or even think of it ever again beyond your decision to grant/not grant permission, and I will not be offended in any way. The only obligation you have to me, should you grant me permission, is to respect the time and work I have put into my recording and understand that I have ownership over my performance.

If that’s all alright with you, it’s a go! Drop me a line if you have any queries, or if you’d like to discuss it further. If you have a song or two that you associate with it, I would love to know about it and if you’d like to listen to the finished product before it goes live, I’m happy to do that too! BTW, did I mention how much I love your fic? BECAUSE I DO ♥

Cheers,
Lunchee

BTW, here is a sample of the kind of thing it would sound like:
Comments 
26th-Oct-2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
LOL! I love this! :D You are adorable!

And I have the Meow Mix song in my head now! *shakes fist*

Meow meow meow meow....

<333333
28th-Oct-2010 10:20 am (UTC)
And I have the Meow Mix song in my head now! *shakes fist*

BWAHAHAHA! My master plan! It is working!

This "dear author" is this really nifty idea I stole from another podficcer (and hopefully more readers will steal it too!) We readers go around asking for permission, but they're usually one liners like "may I podfic etc." (like I did with you!)which doesn't really explain what we expect from each other either during or after the recording process. Some readers in the community put forward a very solid argument regarding reader and author expectations which led to....dear authors :D Now hopefully we can all play in the sandbox together! Yay!
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