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J.C. Hutchins: Social Media Master and Evil Clone

J.C. Hutchins can best be described as a cheery optimistic fellow with a smile bigger than his face will allow, but don’t let this exterior of sunshine fool you: his head holds the mind that created the 7th Son Trilogy, a gripping podiobook thriller in which 7 men meet their makers… literally. In a epic quest to save their families, their friends, and their country, these men uncover a world wide terrorist organization bent on world domination, government secrets blacker than the most top secret folder with the reddest stamp, and a secret about themselves that will change their lives, or what they thought of as such, forever.

J.C. Hutchins got his start in journalism, but quit in 2002 and began work on his aforementioned thriller trilogy, 7th Son, unaware that it would be one of the most brilliant career move of his life. His trilogy quickly became one of the most popular podcast novels of all time, but J.C. didn’t stop there: he forged onward, creating the first ever podcast anthology set in an existing universe, 7th Son OBSIDIAN. J.C. is also the host of another innovative podcast, The UltraCreatives Interviews Series, where he interviews movie producers, indie artists, and podcast novelists, including author Cory Doctoro and film producers Patrick Lussier and Matt Venne, creators of the movie “White Noise 2”.

In my interview, we discussed many subjects, both new and old to podcasting. As summarizing the entire one hour long interview is nearly impossible, and contains enough material to base a thesis on, I present a list of topics we discussed, in chronological order:

•    Who is J.C. Hutchins?
•    Digital technology in the Mainstream Media scene
•    Building your “platform
•    Why did you decide to start podcasting?
•    Why do you podcast?
•    How do you approach podcasting?
•    What type of audience are you trying to reach?
•    How are you appealing to these audiences?
•    How are you trying to target different audiences to bring in new listeners/readers?
•    How are you including the audience in your podcast?
•    When promoting your podcast(s), what kind of approach do you take?
•    What decisions do you make in the presentation/rhetoric of your podcasting?
•    When writing, do you write with the podcast in mind?
•    If yes, do you find yourself writing differently than for traditional print? What decisions do you make?
•    When writing specifically for the podcast medium, what decisions/changes do you make in your writing?
•    When producing/recording your novel, what decisions do you make in the presentation of the text?
•    Did you decide to create a character for yourself to show to the podcasting community?
•    How do you promote your character?
•    What is your definition of a Podcast / Podiobook?
•    The Future of Podcasting: the possibilities

J.C. Hutchins one of the leading innovative names in the Podosphere, as well as a well informed authority on social media and networking in relation to podcasting. All of his work can be found at jchutchins.net.

Be sure to look for J.C. Hutchins’s hardcover debut, Personal Effects: Dark Arts in June 2009, and the first printed installment in the 7th Son Trilogy, “Descent” in the Fall of 2009 from Saint Martins Press.

•    J.C. Hutchins’ definition of a Podcast

“The 101, Part 1: What is a podcast?

Podcasts are free audio and video files that can be automatically downloaded to your computer, thanks to a technology called RSS.

RSS connects audiences and content creators in an innovative and worry-free way. Using a computer program called a “podcatcher” (iTunes being the most popular), you can subscribe, for free, to episodic video and audio programs like the 7th Son trilogy. Downloading this content is easy, requiring a few mouseclicks.

This free content is stored on your PC, and you can experience it any way — and at any time — you wish: at your computer, on an MP3 player … you can also burn it to a CD. Better still, new content will automatcially download to your PC when the author releases it.

iTunes is J.C. Hutchins’ “podcatcher” of choice due to its ease of use. Download it here, and read on to learn more about podcast fiction.”

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December 10, 2008 Posted by | discusion, interview, podcast | Leave a comment

Chris Lester: Story Teller and Mad Scientist

Chris Lester is a soft-spoken man with a genuine love for story telling. Although he has a masters degree in Biology and is currently employed as a science teacher in California, and refers to himself as a “Frustrated Scientist”, Chris id quickly making a name for himself in the Podosphere with his anthology of short stories set in the techno-magical modern fantasy realm of Metamor City, but most notable for his current podcast novel which blurs the line between podiobooks and audio drama, “Making The Cut”. This production features over 30 voice actors and fellow podcast novelists, and won the Podcast Peer Award for Best Produced. Chris has also lent his voice to many other multi-voiced podcast productions, including Babylon 5: Three Edged Sword, and Chasing the Bard.

Due to some thoughtlessness on my part, the first half of Chris’s interview was cut off, and was rerecorded at the end of the interview. As a result, the questions will be out of order until I can put in the 2+ hours it will take to fix the file.

You can find the majority of Chris Lester’s work at MetamorCity.com, as well as links to his other podcasting contributions, as well as a full cast listing with bios for the Making The Cut audio production.

•    Chris Lester’s definition of a Podcast

“A podcast is an audio program that is distributed over the Internet. Podcasts are similar to radio programs in many ways: they are usually focused around a topic or theme that is consistent from episode to episode, which may be anything from alternative music to a hobby-oriented talk show to a full-cast audio drama. A podcast usually has a regular format, episode length and release schedule that the producer attempts to adhere to. Many podcasts contain promos for other podcasts, similar to the commercials on radio shows, which help to introduce listeners to new programs while also providing variety in the listening experience.

The main difference between a podcast and a radio program is that you can listen to a podcast whenever you want to; all you need to do is download the episode and you can listen to it whenever you wish. Some people play podcasts directly from their computers, using music software like iTunes; others burn episodes to CDs to listen to them in their cars, or download them to portable audio players like the iPod or Zune. This power to listen to an audio program whenever and wherever you want is the chief advantage of a podcast over radio, and it is this advantage that gives the podcast its name — the “POD” is an acronym that stands for Portable, On-Demand.”

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December 10, 2008 Posted by | discusion, interview, podcast | Leave a comment

Scott Sigler: Failed Pimp and Horror Author

Scott Sigler is a small, angry, balding man with ambitions to take over the world and rule as the one and only Future Dark Overlord. This is no joke: he states his goals in almost every episode of his podcast novels constantly in the pages of his online community website, www.scottsigler.com.

Scott is one of the founding fathers of podiobooks, and is still one of the leading members of the podcasting community. It all started when Scott decided to release his novel EarthCore as a free downloadable audio recording. People could listen to each chapter of the gripping book as Scott recorded and released them over the Internet, and he quickly gathered a loyal following of over 10,000 subscribers. He plowed on, releasing Ancestor and then Infected, which snagged him a three-book deal with Crown Publishing. Scott now has over 40,000 subscribers and has released several other horror novels through podcasting, including his current novel Nocturnal.

While I wasn’t able to get an audio interview with Scott, He did answer my questions:

– Why do you podcast?
Because if I kill people for real, they will put me in jail.

– Why did you decide to start podcasting?
Because it was new, and I realized I could be a first-move and develop an audience.

– How do you approach podcasting?
It’s a performance unto itself. I make it as over-the-top and fun as possible.

– Did you decide to create a character for yourself to show to the podcasting community?
Nope, what you hear is plain old me.

– What type of audience are you trying to reach?
People who want to hear great stories that really show the wrench-time. I work hard to make a great story and I hope it shows.

– How are you appealing to these audiences?
By writing great stories and delivering them consistently.

– How are you trying to target different audiences to bring in new listeners/readers?
Mostly through word-of-mouth. You never know who is going to like certain kinds of fiction, so mostly it’s up to people to pass it on to their friends.

– How are you including the audience in your podcast?
Emails, voicemails, social media, IMs, pub-crawls.

– What decisions do you make in the presentation/rhetoric of your podcasting?
[I’m] just trying to make sure some action or key plot development happens each episode. 30 minutes of back-story or character development, that makes for boring listening. I really can’t control the new listener angle, which could be good or bad. [I] just have to keep going with the same approach that got me here.

– When writing, do you write with the podcast in mind?
No.

– When producing/recording your novel, what decisions do you make in the presentation of the text?
The only differences are in attribution. If I’m doing character voices, I don’t need to put in “Bob said with a gruff voice,” for example, because I say it with a gruff voice and the listener already knows what Bob sounds like. Other than that, it’s the straight story.

– When promoting your podcast(s), what kind of approach do you take?
I use any tool that’s available. Mostly asking audiences to spread the word.

Scott’s innovative use of podcasting has gained him a decent amount of exposure in several newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times and Entertainment weekly. He also claims that he can juggle 4 kittens while standing on one leg for 10 minutes, and that he invented the Internet, the Internal Combustion Engine, and trees, although these statements should not be taken seriously de to the fact that Scott’s ego is larger than the planet earth.

His new hardcover thriller novel CONTAGIOUS, is available on Dec. 30 from Crown Publishing or pre-order now at scottsigler.com.

December 10, 2008 Posted by | discusion, interview | Leave a comment

Episode #4: Lots o’ Fun with 7th Son!


“ROAR! THE LATE NIGHT OF PODCASTING COMPLETED!” Yep, that’s right: I completed Episode 4 and two others this morning at 3:15 A.M., having started at 1:00 P.M. yesterday. Needless to say, I won’t be editing anything any time soon. But enough with the personal crap: let’s talk show notes. This episode we bring the humor to the Podcast in ernest with several comedy sketches as well as a fun filled interview with J.C. Hutchins, the author of The 7th Son Trilogy. Well, as the little guy says, “We be podcastin’, Yo!


“When Shownotes Collide” , coming to a Podcast near you:

Intro & Outro Music
– “The Seventh Son” by Johnny Rivers
– “One Promise” by 3rd Culture
– “Down with the Sickness” by Distrubed

Interview
– J.C. Hutchins of the 7th Son Trilogy Podcast.
THANK YOU FOR BEING SO AWESOME!!

Topics Discussed
– Why clones were chosen over super heroes
– The development of Kilroy 2.0
– 7th Son Tech talk
– How we threatened the author
And much, much more!!!

Promos
Anime Pulse (one of the best anime podcasts out there)
The 7th Son Trilogy, by J.C. Hutchins (a gripping tale of love, sacrifice, and clones with guns)

Skits from the Archives
– “Battle For The Cookie” concept & scripting by The Un-Man
– “S-N and U-M do Iraq” concept & scripting by The Un-Man
– “Guru Hardknocks” concept & performance by The Un-Man
The Cast – The Supreme Narutard, his sister, his mother, The Grim One, The Un-Man, and his wife.

Next time on MDNN…
– It’s on a need-to-know basis, and you don’t need to know.
– Oh, and an update on the progress on the T-Shirt designs (they’re freakin’ awesome)

Contact Info
E-mail – mdnn.cast@gmail.com
(FOR CHRIST’S SAKE, EMAIL US!)
Skype – MDNNcast
AIM – LightningMonk007
– No call-in line, but you can send us mp3s


Important Announcement!!: everyone and anyone who enjoys this Podcast needs to resubscribe to it, if you haven’t already. Go click on the RSS button at the top of the side bar that says, “Subscribe to a reader”. Then, just subscribe in your favorite RSS reader and we will be good to go! Join Now!

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June 3, 2007 Posted by | archives, interview, podcast | Leave a comment

Episode #3: On the run with Matthew Wayne Selznick


Well, it’s been a while. A really long while. First of all, I think we can establish that I’m not dead. Second, I do have what I promised I’d give you in the next actual episode. HAH! Got it this time! Many good things in this episode: anime news, a review, an interview, a contest, and some juicy promos. Oh, and a special announcement. NOW GO LISTEN!


Crunchy-Raw-Unboned-Real-Dead-Shownotes:

Skits from the Archives
“Who Put This in Here?” concept and performance by The Grim One.

Intro & Outro Music
“Brave Men Run (In My Family)” by Sonic Youth

Interview
– Matthew Wayne Selznick, author of Brave Men Run.
– Give Brave Men Run a listen here, or buy it to show your support to Mr. Selznic.
– Check out the progress on the second sovereign novel here.

Reviews
Sci-Fi – “The Star of Life”, by Edmond Hamilton

Anime News
– “Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow in theaters June 6

Promos
Brave Men Run, by Matthew Wayne Selznic
The Billibub Baddings Podcast, by Tee Morris
Weekly Anime Review, by Aaron

Contest
“Name That Tune” Contest – listen to the three clips from anime/Sci-Fi shows and send us an email with your entries as to what three shows they are from.
Prizes – a new “Fullmetal Alchemist: The Concorer of Shambala” DVD and a used “Wrath of the Ninja”VHS tape.

***(you must get all three shows right in order win these prizes.)***

– make sure to include “contest #1” in the subject line of your email, or it will be spammed.
– Contest deadline is July 1. Now get listening!

Next, on the MDNN…
Interview – “50/50/50 7th Son Podcast tour” interview with the one and only J.C. Hutchins! This is truly an awesome interview.
Reviews – I can’t make any promises
Skits – There will be some funny stuff cooked up by all of us.

Contact Info
E-mail – mdnn.cast@gmail.com
Skype – MDNNcast
AIM – LightningMonk007
– No call-in line, but you can send us mp3s


Important Announcement!!: everyone and anyone who enjoys this Podcast needs to resubscribe to it, if you haven’t already. Go and click on the RSS button at the top of the side bar that says, “Subscribe to a reader”. Then, just subscribe in your favorite RSS reader and we will be good to go!

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May 23, 2007 Posted by | interview, podcast | Leave a comment

Episode #1: Scott Sigler spills the beans on Ancestor


THANK GOD!!!!!! After much procrastination, aggravation, and three failed editing sessions, Episode 1 of the MDNN is finally here! Yes, “Audacity” is a great free editing program, but once it deleted my backup files twice in a row, that got thrown out the window faster than Ichigo can “Flash Step”.


And now, the official show notes:

Intro Music – “20th Century Fox Fanfare” from Star Wars

What you’ll get in each episode
Anime (my job)
Sci-Fi/Fantasy (my dad’s and uncle’s job)
Reviews of former and latter (always at least one)
Discussions (not often, but sometimes)
Rants (these are also inconsistent)
Interviews
And general wackiness from our collective subconscious

Introductions
The Supreme Narutard – The birth of an Otaku.
The Grim One – Reviewer of “Grim” Sci-Fi/Fantasy tales.
The Un-Man – A geek with unrivaled intellect and audio editing skills.

Anime News
– One Piece English dub by 4Kids is finally stopped.
– Live action Speed Racer movie due out in Summer 2008.
– Wachowski Brothers are directing it (you know, the Matrix).
– New Final Fantasy Tactics game, “FFT A2: The Sealed Grimoire”

Reviews
– No reviews this time.

Interview
– We interview the father of Podcast Novels, Scott Sigler, about his novel Ancestor.
– real life Ancestor: A sheep with 15% human DNA is created in pursuit of xenotransplantation
– Earthcore, Infection, and The Rookie are also discussed.
– Check out Scott’s podcast.
Buy Ancestor and help Scott take over the world!

Contact Info
E-mail – mdnn.cast@gmail.com
Skype – MDNNcast
AIM – LightningMonk007
– No call-in line, but you can send us mp3s.

Next, on the MDNN…
Anime ReviewTrinity Blood
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Review – The Changes Trilogy ( not Anita Blake. I lied in the episode)

Skits from the Archives
– “Invitation to the Dance” (concept and editing by The Un-Man)
– “A Long Time Ago…” (concept and editing by The Un-Man)


Make sure to tell at least one friend about the Multi Dimensional Ninja Network, so we can take over the Globe as soon as possible!

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April 6, 2007 Posted by | archives, episode, interview, podcast | Leave a comment