Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Pleasure Saucer Podcast

No question is stupid if you don't know the answer which makes me feel a lot better about not knowing what a pleasure saucer is. According to Reverend Johnny Lemuira of the Church of the Subgenius, the short answer is “escape vessel.” This vessel is highly versatile, ranging from finding your bliss to constructing homemade UFOs. I think the latter is more interesting although I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time following my bliss.

The Pleasure Saucer is also the title for Lemuria's podcast which is described as “Anarchist, Transhumanist and Sex Positive.” I thought that was a good fit for WHEN MARIJUANA AND REALITY TV COLLIDE . . . Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book. I had the opportunity to be a guest on The Pleasure Saucer this spring and found Lemuria to be a very interesting and gracious host

The Pleasure Saucer Podcast evolved out of some of Lemuria's earlier media adventures. Lemuria started podcasting in 2008 when a lot of people, myself included, didn't really know what a podcast was. Lemuria and his brother hosted a show called Supertalk on public access channel URTV. While the name of the show had changed, along with the location of the studio from which it is being broadcast, Lemuria continues to make eclectic news and information the foundation for his shows.

Lemuria markets The Pleasure Saucer Podcast to what he calls “sexually liberal geeks.” Acceptance seems to be an overriding theme, with Lemuria encouraging listeners to retain control over all aspects of their lives.

Under the pen name John L. Robinson, Lemuria has written three books titled Little Isle Upon the Ocean and Burn Sky and The God in the Zigguart. Lemuria has also dabbled in a series of burlesque shows called the Vortex Cabaret. The show is on hiatus, but Lemuria hopes to revive it in some new form.

Lemuria advertises his show on iTunes, Stitcher and Archive.Org. If you'd like to hear The Pleasure Saucer Podcast, visit

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cyrus Emerson

One of the greatest things about the internet is that it enables people in all industries to connect with and learn from others in their respective fields. I've been fortunate enough to have corresponded with Cyrus Emerson, an Oregonian with a layback style and a genuine desire to help people in the audio book business. I'm not sure how he does it, but Cyrus Emerson has a full time career as an audio engineer at Blackstone Audio, works with a media site called Just Imagine It Ink, hosts a radio show called Get Behind Me, Now Stay There and still finds time to write a novel or two. Whew!

Emerson entered the world of audio books after serving in the Navy on the USS Kittyhawk and earning a journalism degree from Southern Oregon University. Sandwiched between all that, Emerson also pursued a writing career.

I had the opportunity to listen to Emerson's audio book version of Lost Angel
Because Emerson works at Blackstone Audio, it's no small wonder that the quality of the production was terrific and the narrators were wonderful. Lost Angel a multi-voiced performance about four characters whose stories become intertwined. The main plot involves a serial killer and the way his actions affect the other characters. Emerson says Lost Angel was inspired by his interest in music by Jim Morrison and the Doors.

Emerson's second book is titled Fear and Loathing in the State of Jefferson. This work began as a series of blog posts on My Space. Written in the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in the State of Jefferson is available as an e-book on a variety of sites including Smashwords This book details the debacles that occurred during the Bush Administration.

Emerson is now working diligently to help others get their work published as e-books through Just Imagine It Ink. Many readers are now receiving their books through electronic devices such as Kindle Fire. This is great news for writers seeking to self-publish because they can do it inexpensively in e-form. Learn more about the services available at Just Imagine It Ink by visiting

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fabulous Freebies!

Best News Ever: Writers no longer have to launch expensive media campaigns to publicize their books. The internet is loaded with free programs designed to help writers connect with potential readers. Many of today's business gurus advocate blogging as a means of keeping readers engaged and interested in their work. Here are a couple of free blog programs to try:

In the past, if writers wanted to give their readers a visual on their story, they faced expensive production costs combined with pricy TV ad rates. Now, practically everyone has access to a video camera so they can shoot their own promos and air them for free on sites like these:
New radio stations are appearing on the internet every day. Many of the personalities at these stations are interested in writers, especially those who offer books in a genre compatible with their format. One of the easiest ways to find out which stations are looking for guests is through Radio Guest

Writers can even start their own radio station for free by using BlogTalkRadio

If video would enhance the promotion of a book, there are also a number of free podcasting sites including Podomatic
There are even some free press release companies to inform readers about author events and news items. Check out Free Press and Newswire

Writers can then use social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked In to draw attention to blog posts, internet radio interviews, and upcoming podcasts. There's never been a better time to be promoting a book than the present!