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Audiobooks – Part 4 – Who Will Narrate?

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in 2016, articles, Audiobook, Latest | 0 comments

One of the most important decisions you will make about your audiobook is whether to narrate it yourself or whether to hire a professional narrator / producer. Each approach has its pros and cons, based on my experience with ACX … As an author narrator, you know exactly how it is “supposed” to sound. With a professional narrator, you get the valuable...

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Audiobooks – Part 3 – Pricing and Royalties

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in 2016, articles, Audiobook, Latest | 0 comments

One disconcerting thing about ACX is that, unlike with print or ebook, the author has no control over the price of the product. In general, audiobooks on Audible are priced based on length—for example, a book less than one hour is generally priced at less than $7, a book over 20 hours is generally priced at $25-$35. However, this is a guideline only, and...

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Audiobooks – Part 2 – Picking a Platform

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in 2016, articles, Audiobook, Latest | 0 comments

In my last post, I discussed how you can Maximize Your Reach by adding audio in addition to print and ebooks formats in order to cover all the ways that your audience may want to consume your content. In this post, I’ll discuss picking a platform. This was actually a pretty easy decision for me. As in so many areas of independent publishing, Amazon is the...

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Audiobooks – Part 1 – Maximize Your Reach

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in 2016, articles, Audiobook, Latest | 0 comments

When I published my first novel, The Sense of Death, in print and ebook formats, I thought I had all my bases covered. Then my mentor, Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn, encouraged me to consider audio, and I discovered a whole new way to Maximize My Reach to my potential audience! (My three guiding principles of independent publishing are Focus Your Goals...

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A Price Too High, A Recommendation Missed

Posted by on Jan 23, 2016 in 2016, articles, Latest, Other Articles | 0 comments

I was in the middle of Tom Harper’s Zodiac Station, a thriller set at a research station in the Arctic, when The Blizzard of 2016 hit Chester County, Pennsylvania. What better time to be reading a book with scenes like this? The wind roared like it was sucking the life off of the planet. Damn near carried us away before we got down the steps. Ice crystals...

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Swearing, Violence, and The Fussy Librarian

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in 2015, articles, Latest, Other Articles | 0 comments

I just signed up for a promotion through The Fussy Librarian, which proved to be an eye-opening experience. The Fussy Librarian has an interesting spin on the business of providing readers with book recommendations—readers can sign up to receive email notifications of ebooks based not only on genres of interest to them (à la BookBub), but also based on...

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