For some podcasters, requesting a review is the best way to help their show. For others, what they need is an in-depth, meticulous, critical look at their episodes to make sure they’re on the right track. I’m here to help.
See my information on consultations here
(Or, if you need an accessible version of my consultation information, you can go here.)
The slides included will go over the services I provide, how our consultations will go, and my standard rates.
What to know before requesting a consultation
There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to consultations:
- My edits are going to be in-depth, straightforward, and honest. You’re not paying me to tell you that you did a good job and give you a hug–you’re paying me for my expertise in helping you make the best podcast you can make. Be sure that you’re okay with direct critical feedback before you ask for a consultation. I suppose you could pay me to just tell you that you did a good job, but I would be really uncomfortable taking your money for that.
- Be very clear about what you want your goals for the podcast to be. If you tell me you want the show to be as great as it can possibly be, that might mean some intense, time-intensive work on your part. If you want the podcast to be the best it can be without having to go through substantial edits, re-recording, restructuring, etc., let me know in advance. I will tailor my edits to fit your goals.
- For hopefully obvious reasons, I will not review any podcast that has gotten a consultation from me. I am happy to direct you to other podcast reviewers who may want to write about your work, but I will not contact reviewers for you. If your podcast has already been reviewed, you can get a consultation from me–it just can’t go the other way around.
- Consultation notes are for your cast and crew only. If you share your notes with podcasters outside of your specific podcast, I will immediately stop your consultation.
- Your status as one of my Patreon supporters will not get you favor, discounts, etc. on my reviews or my consultations.
- Unlike my reviews, I am happy to give consultations to friends I know outside the podcasting world who are now making a podcast. This won’t get you any discounts, though. Sorry, friends–consultation takes a lot of time and effort.
How to request a consultation
To request a consultation, I want to make sure we have a conversation first. Do not send me any payment until I have confirmed your consultation. To start the conversation, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information and a subject line that reads “Consultation Request: [Your podcast title]”:
- Who you are and what your role is on the podcast. Let me know if you’ve made other podcasts, if you’re a newbie, etc.
- A description of your podcast including a summary and your demographic (if you demographic is “as wide an audience as we can get,” that’s totally sufficient)
- Links to your podcast’s site, socials, etc.
- Which type of consultation you’d like to request
- Your goals for your podcast and for the consultation. How much editing are you willing to do? Is there anything you absolutely cannot change/do not want feedback on?
- Any important dates I should be aware of (upcoming Kickstarters/Indiegogos/etc., upcoming release dates)
- Please note that my consultations are intensive, meaning I will listen to your audio several times before sending responses. This means that if you expect a consultation with two drafts and lots of conversation, your consultation period could take about a month. This is case-to-case, of course, and I will try to accommodate all reasonable important dates.
- Anything else you think is pertinent for me to know before we start your consultation
You should receive an response email within 48 hours. If you don’t, please email me again or DM me via Twitter. At this point, I’ll either confirm your consultation or ask you a few more questions before confirming. Once I confirm your consultation, you’ll send the payment, I’ll send a receipt, and then we can get started.
If you have any questions about consultations before requesting one formally, please feel free to email me or DM me on Twitter! I’m always happy to discuss the process.
I look forward to working with you!