Hello Episode Authors!
Over the past few months, our team has continued to partner with community authors to test new features that can help authors ultimately to have more opportunities to tell stories on Episode full-time.
One of the options we recently tested is Skip-the-Wait. This feature allows authors to pace their readers through the episodes they’ve already published. Authors can insert a short break between episodes (the wait time will vary according to the # of episodes between breaks), and release their stories in batches to readers.
This new feature will soon be an option available to all creators for use on any Episode. As always, using any gem feature is entirely optional to being an author on Episode and is completely at the discretion of the authors themselves. Skip-The-Wait can help authors get support from readers on older stories, without changing the content in the process.
If you’ve unlocked the Story Metrics Dashboard in your story, you’ll be able to test and track the impact of using Skip-the-Wait to determine what works best for your story and your readers.
How to use Skip-The-Wait on your Episodes:
When you click “Publish Episodes” you’ll now see the option to add Skip-The-Wait to Episode 4 and onwards in your stories, as seen below.
How to select it for your stories:
Setting the Skip-The-Wait option will add a short wait time between your episodes at the
frequency listed. Each frequency sets a different wait time and number of gems to skip the wait. Readers will see an option at the beginning of the Skip-The-Wait episode to use gems to read the Skip-The-Wait episode pass and ad-free, or wait the duration of time for it to release.
Skip-The-Wait can be turned off anytime.
Once you’ve selected Skip-The-Wait for certain episodes of your story, when readers approach these episodes, they’ll instead see this screen. Readers can choose to read ahead by using gems, or wait for the episodes to release.
Important things to note about Skip-The-Wait:
- Like Early Access, Skip-The-Wait only applies starting with the beginning of episode 4.
- Early Access and Skip-the-Wait can both be enabled for your story. If a newly published episode is eligible to be both an Early Access episode and a Skip-the-Wait episode, it will first appear as an Early Access episode. At the end of the Early Access window, it will automatically transition to being a Skip-the-Wait episode.
- Once turned on for an episode, Skip-The-Wait can be turned off at any time.
- Skip-The-Wait counts towards the number of gems used by players in a story per read. It also counts towards gem reads if you have yet to unlock Writer Payments. If you are in the Writer Payments program gems used on Skip-the-Wait will contribute to your Gem Bonus Payment.
As always, we look forward to your feedback and suggestions. If you have any issues with this update, please reach out to our support team.
– The Episode Team