April 30, 2018

What is Voice First Fiction?

Summary: “Voice first” describes apps that people interact with by speaking and listening. “Voice first fiction” offers a brand new opportunity for authors to share fictional content through the new generation of smart speakers. So what’s voice first fiction all […]
October 8, 2018

Tools for Voice First Fiction Authors

Summary: Last week’s Digital Book World 2018 provided an opportunity to see cutting edge tools available to authors and publishers of voice first fiction. In this post I’ll provide a quick overview of some of the offerings that caught my […]
September 14, 2018

Digital Book World Meets Voice First

Summary:  In just a few weeks I’ll be speaking at Digital Book World, the premier event for digitally-aware authors taking place from Oct. 2 – 4 in Nashville, TN. I’m excited to be talking about how authors can take advantage of […]
August 27, 2018

Stories or Games? Voice First Fiction Growing Pains

Summary: As more independent companies and creators release voice apps (skills, actions) on voice assistant platforms, the trend towards producing “games” is emerging. Games are one of the most popular categories for voice-driven, interactive skills. Voice-Driven Fiction Forces User Interaction […]
August 2, 2018

The Future of Books and Audio-First

Summary: How will people engage with fiction in the future? Will most fiction still be experienced by readers, or will a growing percentage of people consume stories as listeners? Arielle Pardes of Wired explores the changing landscape in a recent […]
July 24, 2018

V.U.X. World Interview with Oren Jacob

Summary: Kane Simms of the V.U.X. World podcast recently interviewed Oren Jacob of Pullstring. The conversation extended to the topic of interactive voice first fiction and the skills required to craft compelling audio drama. During the recent V.U.X. World podcast, […]
July 19, 2018

User Feedback on BBC’s Inspection Chamber Skill

Summary: BBC R&D released the results of user testing on their Alexa skill: The Inspection Chamber. The extensive study provides valuable insights into how users felt about engaging with this immersive voice first drama. The results have wide applicability to […]
July 6, 2018

Puzzle Solving in Voice First Fiction

Summary: How effective are puzzle games on a voice first platform? A recent review of the Escape the Room skill on Amazon Alexa shows that some problem solving games, which typically rely on visual clues, can be effectively transitioned to […]
June 28, 2018

Westworld Interactive Audio Drama Tests Your Memory

Summary: The popular HBO series Westworld has a new voice first companion drama on the Amazon Alexa platform. Westworld:The Maze employs the technique of “memory test” to drive the interactive experience forward. The memory test is an interesting twist on […]
June 22, 2018

Jurassic World: Revealed – New Voice Game

Summary: The newly launched voice game “Jurassic World: Revealed” is a great example of voice first fiction. The interactive drama is the result of a partnership between Earplay and Universal Brand Development. It is also a pathfinder in audio skill […]
May 8, 2018

Who Tells Your Story?

Summary: You’ve created voice first fiction content. Now what voice should you use to tell the story? You can choose between humans and machines. The choice might be harder than you think. Choosing a Narrator The minute you begin designing […]