I have been getting a lot of stories of late and thought that it was time to go over what I do with these and the process I am using to ready them for the show. First and foremost every story I receive is important to me. I take a careful look at each one and I always send out feedback. Some of the questions I get are:
How do I deal with all the stories?
All stories go into a reading cue. The exception is that short tales usually get read on the spot. I don’t like to let stories sit so I try to get to them within 24 hours. As I stated I always send out an email to the author. I will tell you if your story is going to be used and confirm your permission to use it.
Do I edit all of the stories?
Yes, that is necessary. I try to minimize this, but the truth is I have to make the story readable. For example, I remove tongue twisters. People often don’t even know they are doing it, but some things are difficult to read aloud. I remove brand names. If you say Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes I might change it to just frosted flakes. Of course, I always remove bad language and replace it with a family-friendly version. If I edit your story I will send you the copy for your approval. I May not do this if the edits are minor.
Do I reject Stories?
Sadly, I do have to pass on some stories. Anything that would not be heard on television Saturday morning is going to be suspect. I always offer the sender the chance to rewrite the tale and sometimes they do and sometimes they get mad. I also avoid stories that have agendas. I will leave that at that.
I hope this gives you some insight into the story process at Ron’s Amazing Stories. I want your stories and I hope that this does not stop you from sending them in.
Thank you for reading,
This Week’s Podcast:
On the podcast this week we have a super secret guest, two tales about growing up, and a listener sent in a request that I was happy to fill. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.
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