As mentioned on the podcast intro. Please vote! For our SXSW Panel on podcasting. My friends Jemele Hill and Tom Merritt and I are trying to host a panel "Podcasts Grow-Up: Community and Monetization. They are both great people and former guests of The Influencer Economy. If we get enough votes, then we'll be at SXSW next year.
For this week's episode, I spoke to Alan Sepinwall the writer of the wildly popular online TV recap column, What's Alan Watching?" and the best-selling book "The Revolution Was Televised. On this week's show, Alan details how he originated his career as a TV writer, how he wound-up writing for Hitfix.com, and the keys to his successful self-published book.
Funny when I listen to this episde, I realize how much better I have improved at interviews. But what strikes me the most proud is that I stayed focus with Alan and got the conversation that I hoped for. He was a fun and insightful guest and we had a lot of ground to cover in 1/2 an hour. Hope you enjoy this!
Alan's history as a TV writer dates back to the 1990's. He's a pioneer in the TV journalism industry, specifically in defining and shaping the category of online TV Show recaps. He is a great example of a successful creator in The Influencer Economy, as he self-published his book, selling it directly to his community. He has built an incredibly loyal following from writing online, and was able to deliver a book that his community wanted to read. He details his unique model of self-publishing which we can all learn from.
Alan's column: www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching
Alan on Twitter: twitter.com/sepinwall
Alan's original What's Alan Watching blog: sepinwall.blogspot.com
From this episode you'll learn:
How Alan launched his writing career writing online in the 1990's about NYPD Blue
The history of Alan's "What's Alan Watching?" TV Recap column
The background of how Alan went from working for the NJ Times Ledger to writing for the entertainment website Hitfix.com
The secrets of how Alan self-published his book and got the attention of traditional publishers
The origins of Alan appearing on Bill Simmons' BS Report