Welcome, TIME.com readers! / by J.C. Hutchins


If you're here thanks to the recent TIME.com "Podcasting Your Novel: Publishing's Next Wave?" article, welcome! Thanks for embracing your curiosity, firing up Google, and visiting. As reporter Hector Florin's excellent story said, I've spent the past three years promoting my fiction in an unconventional way. I record audio versions of my novels, and release them in free, serialized podcast form. It's a democratic, do-it-yourself way to publish fiction -- and the results are enjoyed by tens of thousands of listeners around the world.

My thriller novel trilogy 7th Son gained acclaim during its 2006-2007 release, and legions of 7th Son fans listened to the series and spread the word to friends and family. At present, episodes of the 7th Son trilogy have been downloaded more than 3.5 million times; more than 40,000 listeners have engaged with the story. The trilogy features human cloning, government conspiracies and a psychopathic villain armed with weapons that could destroy the planet. Find a synopsis here.

Thanks to listener support and evangelism, the series' first novel, Descent, will be published this fall by St. Martin's Press. My supernatural thriller, Personal Effects: Dark Art -- which I was hired to write as a direct result of 7th Son's online success -- will be released in June. Learn more about 7th Son's print release here; check out details about Personal Effects: Dark Art here.

If you're interested in listening to the free 7th Son podcast novel trilogy, visit its website, 7thSonNovel.com. And if you're new to podcasting, don't worry: there's an easy-to-understand "101" page that explains what podcasting is, and how to -- in just a few mouse-clicks -- download the entire 7th Son trilogy.

I hope you check out 7th Son, and become a fan (we call ourselves "The Beta Clone Army" -- it's a 7th Son thing, you'll soon understand). And equally important, I hope you check out the works of other novelists mentioned in the story: Scott Sigler and Mur Lafferty ... and please visit Podiobooks.com, the site for exploring more excellent podcast fiction.

Thanks again for visiting -- and please contact me if you have any questions!

Best wishes,