First Chapters Wanted!

April 13, 2012 by Tony C. Smith

If you have a science fiction or fantasy or horror novel out or due out very soon –  if you can send me ten mins of narrated audio or the first chapter (whichever comes first) – we’ll play it on StarShipSofa! Similar to Scalzi’s Big Idea but in audio format.

It’s my intention to add one of these to each and every StarShipSofa show, which I’m calling First Chapters. The Sofa is released each and every week. It’s your chance for a little exposure.

So… here’s what I’m after. It can be any kind of science fiction or fantasy. It has to be an mp3, mono, 128kbps and 10mins long. I also need attached to the beginning of the narration, a couple of mins of you plugging your book – informing the Sofa listeners what will happen in the book, when the book is out, how much it is and where to buy it.

A word of warning about audio quality! Make it the best recording you can. A clean audio file is what we are after. If your mp3 file has excessive amounts of hiss or word stumbles, explosives (words beginning with P or B) paper rustling – it won’t get played.

Send all audio files to Tony C. Smith starshipsofa@gmail dot com


  1. Great idea, Tony. My audio of Seeds of a New Birth is winging its way to you as I write. I hope you like it.

  2. Tony, I love the idea. Shall we try something like it for TALES TO TERRIFY?


  3. Great idea! But what about a rating (PG, R, etc.)? For example, if the opening ten minutes has swearing and/or violence, are you still happy to play it?

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