#1 New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of eighteen novels, six novellas, dozens of short stories, and thousands of podcast episodes. He is an inaugural inductee into the Podcasting Hall of Fame.
Scott began his career by narrating his unabridged audiobooks and serializing them in weekly installments. He continues to release free episodes every Sunday. Launched in March of 2005, “Scott Sigler Slices” is the world’s longest-running fiction podcast.
His rabid fans fervently anticipates their weekly story fix, so much so that they’ve dubbed themselves “Sigler Junkies” and have downloaded over 50 million episodes. Subscribe to the free podcast at scottsigler.com/subscribe.
Scott is a co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League series. A Michigan native, he lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and their wee little Døgs of Døøm.
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A Founding Father of Podcasting
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from In early 2005, Scott learned of this newfangled thing called "podcasting." Long before podcasts were part of the Apple store, Scott saw the medium's potential for serializing audiobooks — for free — across the English-speaking world.
He learned how to make an RSS feed, how to record audio, built a "studio" in the closet of his San Francisco apartment, and dove in headlong.
Scott was one of the first people in the world to podcast a fiction property, along with Tee Morris (MORAVI) and Mark Jeffrey (THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT).
EARTHCORE proved to be a runaway success, garnering thousands of weekly listeners from across the globe. He followed that tale up with his second serialized audiobook, ANCESTOR.
When the ANCESTOR podcast was nearly finished, Scott put the book on Amazon as a paperback. This was before eBooks were on the Amazon store, so it was his book against all the books Amazon had to offer. ANCESTOR shot to #1 on Amazon's Horror and SciFi charts, and was the #2 book in the entire store, behind only to HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE.
That was an astonishing accomplishment for any author, let alone an independent novelist with no marketing budget. The charting was a wake-up call for Big Publishing — Scott's novel INFECTED went to auction, with Random House winning the rights, then inking Scott to a five-book major hardcover deal.