Luckily the author in question has been really understanding and we've worked things out. Still, a bunch of people (the author, myself, podmod) were left upset and scambling because of this.
When the recipient said she had the ok, I felt a little weird since she didn't forward the email, or post a link to the ok (which I always do if I've asked permission on someone else's behalf) but it felt really paranoid and rude to ask for it. Now I wish I did. And I've also had to contact another author whose podfic I made for this person to make sure they're ok with it.
Which leads me to another, somewhat related question.
I have this thing where I record a podfic before I ask the author permission. I do this because I have a habit of starting things but not finishing and I hate to get author's hopes up that a podfic is coming and then never delivering. Hell, with Aesthetic Alchemy I got permission to record back on April 10th (when I had finished recording) and it took me till yesterday to finsih editing everything and finally get it posted, so even when I wait to ask, the author is still left waiting.
This, of course, means that I run the chance that the author will say no but it's a chance I'm willing to take.
Other than what happened today, I've never gotten a no, however I do have a completed AI podfic where I've asked the author and they haven't gotten back to me. I'm not taking that as a yes, obviously. My question is, how long should I wait to ask the author again? The author is updating her journal, so she's still around. And others are posting podfics of her fic. I'm not sure if she's avoiding me because she doesn't know how to say no, or if my question just got lost in her inbox (that stuff always happens to me and my inbox :S). I asked her over 2 months ago. Is it too soon to ask for an update?
*goes to poke around to see if the author has given blanket permission anywhere*