Hey everyone. For our fourth EpiCast episode, Michael and I have the usual recaps, previews and new series introductions, as well as discussion on how much easier it is to read webfiction that’s been carefully edited. We answer a listener’s question about semi-controversial topic: Awards, and whether the EpiGuide will ever hold another award ceremony again–and also some chat about the pitfalls and benefits of awards in general. Finally, we also discuss some new developments in the ever-converging world of TV vs. video webseries, such as the new original programs appearing on Hulu and Netflix, share some new useful tools to help authors self-publish, and introduce you to new webserials and webseries.
Thanks to everyone who submitted recaps, previews and/or news items! As always, the recaps and news focus on the EpiGuide.com community but we do try to expand and look at a variety of serials whenever possible. To participate with your own webseries/webserial recaps, or to submit news for next month's edition, please send the info to us by March 11 (for recaps) or March 17 (for news bulletins). The email address is mentioned in the podcast, or you can visit The EpiGuide, register an account, and send a private message to either me or Michael.
Recording date: This episode was recorded February 19, 2012.
0:00 - 1:01: Opening pleasantries and intro
1:02 - 17:53: "The Story So Far..." (Recaps of recent storylines from a selection of webfiction serials and webseries)
17:54 - 18:16: Invitation to serial writers to submit recaps for our next podcast
18:17 - 23:19: Chat about the aforementioned recaps, and why editing can make or break a webserial
23:20 - 39:42: "Around the Webseries World" - We discuss the convergence of TV and webseries via Hulu and Netflix's original content, services to help authors self-publish, and recent webserial/webseries launches.
39:43 - 54:15: Responding to listener email: the Eppy Awards (and whether they'll return), and for that matter, the pros and cons of awards presentations in general. Errata: The Eppys were held in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Music credits: "Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance" (EpiCast intro), "Not About You" (Recap intro), "So Far, So Good" (under recap segue), "The Big Boom" (News intro), "We are the Champions" (awards discussion intro) and "I Feel Fantastic" (end theme), all by the brilliant Jonathan Coulton, except of course "We are the Champions" is a cover of Queen. These tracks are licensed Creative Commons by-nc.
Technical notes: If anyone's interested, we used Skype for the conversation, Replay Recorder for recording, Audacity for editing, and Podbean for hosting.If you have any suggestions, questions, comments or brickbats you want to throw at us regarding this episode, please let us know!