The Adventure into Audio
I think most of you have heard of ACX by now. It’s a division of the Amazon empire that helps authors get their books made into audiobooks and helps talent find work to produce.
I dipped a toe in last spring with The Backworlds and The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear. I had no idea what I was doing. It can cost a pretty penny to produce audio, pennies not in my business plan or budget. So I opted for the 50/50 royalty share, which only cost me new covers.
Since downloads of The Backworlds have always been strong and the reviews favorable, I received several auditions for it. Rish Outfield did a great job reading.
How does it do? Well, it doesn’t sell gobs and gobs, but it is another paycheck each quarter. Enough to have paid for the separate audio cover and get into profit.
It’s enough to tempt me to sign up Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge. Rish said he’d like to read book 2. So yay!
Kristie Ann Foss, a young actress, read Hetty for me. She’s a newbie. I’m a newbie. And it’s a much longer work than The Backworlds. I picked her because I loved her voice and she lives in the Pacific Northwest, which gives it the PNW nonaccent accent. Fitting, since that book is set in Portland, OR. Hetty’s audio should be out in January, and I liked Kristie so much I told her if I decide to make The Rifters into audio, she’s hired.
So, that’s how you go about getting narrators at no extra cost besides the 50/50 royalty share and a cover – either have a story with strong sales or downloads that attracts auditions, or look for a newbie who wants the acting/performance credits.
Both my narrators had me falling in love with my stories anew, which is a wonderful bonus. In a few more months, I’ll probably have a stronger idea of what I think about audio.
Perhaps I’ll have something of a marketing strategy by then too. It’s a totally different audience, so I don’t see the point of a blog tour for audio. I started researching podcasts and will see what I can come up with. Anyone have any ideas?
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Diamonds and Dust
by River Fairchild
Book 1 of the Jewels of Chandra series
Magic is real. So is betrayal.
Two heirs. A Kingdom of dust on a troubled world. One might resurrect it. One might destroy it all.
Archaeologist David Alexander investigates the cave where his father disappeared and hurtles into another world, one filled with magic and bizarre creatures. The mad ravings in his father’s journals of icemen and dragons may not be fantasies after all.
Convinced his father may still be alive, David begins a treacherous journey to find him and discover a way home. Along the way, he encounters a few unlikely friends. A Dreean warrior, a beautiful thief and a satyr join him as he searches.
David’s arrival into this new world sets off an explosive chain reaction of events. Faced with powerful adversaries and few clues, he may not get the chance to rescue his father before disaster strikes, condemning both of them to death. Or worse.
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River Fairchild is somewhat odd, brandishes a dry sense of humor, owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy world. A fabricator of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about it. Believes in Faerie crossings and never staying in one place for very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole.