Request Policies


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Review Requests, Recommendation Requests, and Press Releases

Review Requests

Review requests are formal requests for me to write a review for your audio drama podcast. All review requests will be read and listened to provided that they are properly submitted (see Review Request Guidelines). I offer four (4) different types of reviews which are explained in the next section.

Recommendation Requests

This is a misnomer, I don’t technically write recommendations upon request, it’s more that I am always accepting submissions. I am more likely to write a recommendation for an audio drama if I have been given information about their podcast. I write recommendations in the moment and if I have been handed all the information to write one, I will be more likely to do it than one I have to go looking for the information. So this is purely selfish reasoning that I am revealing how to get me to write a recommendation. Also, the guidelines for recommendation requests (see Recommendation Request Guidelines) are not formal, I am just much more likely to immediately listen if I am contacted properly.

Press Releases

Press releases are brief notices informing people and the media about something newsworthy about your podcast or network. This includes things like a well-known voice actor being cast, joining a network, a new season being released, new release, etc. It is a way to keep me informed of what is going on, these things might be included in the monthly News article, but generally are simply a way to keep me informed of what is going on with your podcast or network. Press releases can be emailed to me directly at audiodramarama@gmail.com. (Please do not ask for a review based on a press release; it will be deleted)


Principles

I began AudioDramaRama as a way for me to write about audio dramas. As the site grew, I began to conduct interviews, report news, and curate lists. I also began to receive requests from producers for me to review podcasts. I am extremely flattered and humbled that people wanted my opinions and feedback on their podcasts. After careful consideration, I have decided to begin reviewing audio dramas and accepting requests for recommendations. However, it is necessary for me to explain the purpose of ADR and the standards that I hold.

AudioDramaRama was created to give back to the audio drama community. Especially the indie audio drama community and marginalized podcasters. Audio dramas with financial backing and those from networks receive plenty of press from traditional media and from their own advertising. However, indie audio dramas, especially those created by marginalized individuals, rely on word-of-mouth and are often ignored by traditional media. The reviews, interviews, and recommendations are here to showcase these podcasts. I welcome any and all audio drama creators to submit their podcast for a review.

I will not write an entirely negative review, I don’t believe that is helpful to creators, readers, or myself. I take no joy in writing a purely negative review, and it does not align with the mission of ADR. If your audio drama is selected for review, it will be a critique of the show. I will not sugarcoat or gloss over flaws in an effort to write a purely positive review. However, I will not be purposefully unkind when pointing out, what I consider flaws.


Ethics

The following are common reasons why I will not write about a podcast

Please note that this list is by no means an exhaustive list, but only some of the most common reasons I will not write about a podcast.

  • It is not an audio drama
  • Someone I know personally is heavily involved in the creation of the audio drama podcast.
  • The podcast is harmful, offensive, violent, or unnecessarily unkind.
  • The podcast perpetuates negative and harmful stereotypes.
  • The creator or anyone involved has a history of abusive, offensive, violent, and otherwise unacceptable behavior towards others.
  • I have consulted on or been involved with the podcast in the past.
  • I do not enjoy it

Supporting me financially on ko-fi or elsewhere or interacting with me on social media will not gain you an advantage when submitting requests, nor will it gain you any preferential treatment.


Review Requests

Due to some confusion, I would like to state that if the podcast’s review request is accepted, they are able to request a different review in the future. For example, if a podcast’s request for a First Listen review was accepted, once their first season has concluded they can request a Longform, Episode, or a Season review. 

Types of reviews

Longform Review

This is the most common form of review where the entire podcast is reviewed. This is for podcasts that have seven (7) or more episodes.

First Listen Review

First Listen reviews are only for debuting podcasts with at least three (3), but no more than seven (7) episodes available for review at the time of submission. These will be generally shorter than the Longform review and are more speculative. This is a way for new indie podcasts to get the word out about their audio drama. If accepted for a First Listen review, the podcast will not be considered for another review until after its first season has concluded.

Episode Review

Episode reviews are for specific episodes, this is more for anthology podcasts, but are open to any audio drama podcast that wants a single episode reviewed. There is a limit of two (2) episode reviews per podcast.

Season Review

This is a review that is specific to anthology and theater podcasts that tell the story in multiple episodes. Unlike the Longform review, the Season review will just focus on that story and not the whole podcast. It’s nice if there is a specific story that you did really well, but you know that there are some issues with other seasons.

What I Am Looking For:

I am looking for audio dramas created by people who are serious about their work, who want to improve their craft, and who are genuinely excited about their creation. The following are common examples of what I am looking for in an audio drama:

  • Creators and casts that are diverse and intentionally inclusive
  • Fills a genre gap or discusses important cultural topics
  • Actual play podcasts that are heavily edited, have sound design, focuses on storytelling, and has minimal to no table talk

What I Am Not Looking For:

  • The podcast isn’t an audio drama
  • Fanfiction (there are exceptions, but usually it is not what I enjoy)
  • It is a serialized audio drama that has a total runtime of around one hundred sixty-eight (168) hours or more. If you would like an episode reviewed or a season, that is fine, but I don’t have a month to dedicate to a single podcast.
  • It is a serialized audio drama with fewer than seven (7) episodes. This does not apply to First Listen reviews (see First Listen Special Requirements).
  • Takes a long time for it to “get good.” I have a short attention span and will not force myself to listen to something for the chance of it “getting good.” If listeners are able to jump in at a later point without missing much, then please send the episode I should start listening to in the review request.
  • It is an actual play podcast with little to no editing, sound design, and/or voice acting
  • Is an audiobook
  • The podcast does not do many of the things on Wil Williams’ article 10 Things I Wish Every Podcaster Would Do.

Review Request Guidelines

Review requests must be emailed to audiodramarama@gmail.com between the 1st-10th of every month that review requests are accepted. If you require assistance with submitting your review request for accessibility purposes, please contact me. If you need clarification about the guidelines or want to check before sending a request, please contact me. 

Review Request Requirements

Use the following as a checklist when sending a review request by email

  • In the subject of the email include the title of the show and indicate which review you are requesting (e.g. “My First AD” [First Look Review Request]) Please put this information in the subject as well.
  • At least one landscape-oriented header-style image or at least 800 x 600 px
  • One square logo image of at least 600 x 600 px
  • A description of your podcast
  • A link to your website (can be a Libsyn, Soundcloud, Tumblr, etc. if a full site has not been made yet)
  • If applicable, advance copies of the episode(s) you’d like me to review and any related press embargo dates I need be aware of
  • Any additional information you think would be relevant before I listen (e.g. content warnings, crowdfunding dates, etc.)
  • Written confirmation that you have read the Request Policies of AudioDramaRama

Optional Requirements

  • A large image of the podcast cover art with of close to 1200 x 500 px [this will be used for the featured image]
  • A full press kit
  • A trailer or short excerpt from your podcast
  • Additional images that could be included in the review (e.g., official art, crew photos, etc.
  • A listening guide with the preferred listening order, episodes that shouldn’t be missed, etc.
  • The podcast’s social media handles, especially Twitter.

Review requests received outside of the request window (1st – 10th) will be deleted unless it has all of the following:

  • A subject line with the title, the type of review, and an explanation (e.g., “My First AD” [Longform Review] Upcoming Indigogo 11/5/18
  • A full press kit
  • An upcoming important release date and/or crowdfunding campaign that a review could potentially help the campaign
  • The rest of the requirements for a review request

First Listen Special Requirements

  • There is a requirement of at least three (3) but no more than seven (7) episodes for me to write a First Listen article. Advance copies of episodes can be included in the review to meet the episode requirement. Please include the planned release dates for the episodes in the email.
  • Some background about the audio drama (e.g., what made you want to make it, how you chose actors, interesting facts, etc. It gives me a better understanding of the audio drama)

Recommendation Requests

Recommendations are short 500 to 900-word articles that provide a brief description of an audio drama and tell readers why they should listen. They do not go into detail about what I consider to be flaws. They are, I like this audio drama, and I think you would as well (see an example here). There is a requirement of at least five (5) episodes for me to write a recommendation.

Guidelines for Recommendation Requests

Recommendation requests should be emailed to audiodramarama@gmail.com between the 20th-31st of every month. If you require assistance with submitting your recommendation request for accessibility purposes, please contact me. If you need clarification about the guidelines or want to check before sending a request, please contact me. 

Recommendation Request Requirements

Use the following as a checklist when sending a recommendation request by email

  • In the subject of the email include the title of the show and that you are requesting a recommendation (e.g., Recommendation: “My First AD”)
  • At least one landscape-oriented header-style image or at least 800 x 600 px
  • A description of your podcast
  • A link to your website (can be a Libsyn, Soundcloud, Tumblr, etc. if a full site has not been made yet)

Optional Requirements

  • A large image of the podcast cover art with of close to 1200 x 500 px [this will be used for the featured image]
  • A full press kit
  • A trailer or short excerpt from your podcast
  • Advanced copies of episodes if applicable along with the planned release dates
  • Additional images that could be included in the review (e.g., official art, crew photos, etc.
  • Any additional information you think would be relevant before I listen (e.g. content warnings, crowdfunding dates, etc.)
  • A listening guide with the preferred listening order, episodes that shouldn’t be missed, etc.
  • The podcast’s social media handles, especially Twitter

Please note that a podcast will only be featured in a single recommendation, and they are usually (not exclusively) reserved for podcasts with small followings. 


What To Expect

Within about 36-48 hours, you will receive a brief email confirming that I have received your request. Emails that lack the content addressed in the submission guidelines will be responded to on a case-by-case basis and may receive an email asking to send the missing content before the request window closes. Emails that have multiple issues and/or have been sent without reading the policies will simply be deleted without a response being sent.

Rejected Submissions Process

About one (1) to two (2) weeks after the request window closes, you will receive a stock email informing you that I do not plan on reviewing or writing a recommendation for your podcast. This email may include reasons as to why I chose not to review/recommend it. I will not consult further than any listed reasons I included in the email, and any emails requesting further feedback will be subsequently deleted.

Accepted Submissions Process

If I have let you know that your request has been accepted, I will send you a follow-up email with further information and any questions I may have. Please note that while I try to be mindful of upcoming important dates for your podcast, it may take up to a month, maybe longer, depending on my schedule to post the review or recommendation.

Review Publication

I will never provide ratings or grades when writing reviews. I just have a lot of problems with those types of reviews, and they do not agree with my style of writing. I prefer discussion over grading. All reviews will be a detailed analysis of content, production, and presentation.

Reapplication

Podcasts that applied, but were rejected due to production, design or other reasons that are not related to content are welcome to apply at a later date. A past rejection does not increase the likelihood of it happening again. In addition to specific requirements relevant to your request, please include a brief description of changes made since the first submission. 


THANK YOU

Thank you for all the work that you do! Creating something and releasing it into the world is daunting, and you are incredibly brave. The audio drama community is such a wonderful community that is full of brilliant and kind people. The community wouldn’t be what it is without people like you. I want you to know, even if your podcast isn’t to my taste, you should be proud of what you created.


Please note just because a request has been submitted correctly, it does not guarantee that your request will be accepted. I am not required to disclose why your request has been accepted or denied.

(Thanks to Wil Williams and Elena Fernándes-Collins for letting me base my policies off of theirs and in some cases directly copy.)