Audiobook news, and CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! Officer Joe and “Writing the Other”

October 12, 2016 // 3 Comments

I have an audiobook intern! I’m teaching her the ins and outs of audiobook production, and in exchange for that, and some compensation because fuck unpaid internships, she’s going to be doing my editing for me – the part that’s so tiring that it makes me just go “ugggh” when I even think about it. I’ve been on recording hiatus for weeks with the bronchitis (flared back up), but…almost there. And if this works out, and all I have to do is narrate, I should be quite productive on the audiobook front. My other young apprentice (and yeah I’m using my Emperor Palpatine voice when I say that), a writer with whom I barter my editing and formatting skills in exchange for other tiring tasks I don’t want to do, has gone through the audio files for A Little Too Broken and flagged all the, surprisingly many, places I didn’t stick to the ebook word for word when I recorded. At the time I thought, fuck Whispersync (which requires [MORE]

Another KU cluster? Underreported pages read, or, SO GLAD I’m OUT!

October 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

Thanks to Sabrina Paige for bringing this up on Facebook. TL;DR, KU page counts have been messed up for recently published or updated titles (the last month or so). As in, books that you know are hawt sellers being off in their KENPage counts by 50-95%. And of course, it’s the inevitable Amazon response track. Tier 1, Problem Dismissal By Form Letter. Tier 2, successful author who has a rep/actual person to talk to raises the issue, then something happens. (If it doesn’t happen to a successful author, PDBFL continues until you, a mere nobody, get the final “fuck off” form letter.) Emails began to fly, initially meeting with a stalwart wall of “We looked into your pages read and can confirm that they are accurate.” Most of us took that and gave up. But one didn’t. They insisted on getting someone on the phone and elevating their issue up the chain. After thirty minutes on the phone, insisting something wasn’t right, something kind of miraculous [MORE]

$30 to Puppies Behind Bars from “A Little Too Broken”! $5,080 and counting to veterans’ orgs!

October 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

I realized I haven’t send PBB anything in almost a year; it’s been all IAVA. Mostly because the amounts have been too small to split, but…they are listed on the book, right? So I’m sending this month’s $ to them. That’s actually 100% of ALTB ebook royalties for September – yeah, it’s been slooooow for that one, and it just sounds, you know, cheap to put $15 in a post title announcing my generosity. (This is why you’re poor, a little voice whispers offstage.) The audiobook made only $20 in August… ouch. But that’s because it’s not Whispersync’d, and after five months, we finally got an answer: the ebook and audiobook are not a word for word match. A Kind Person is going to listen to the audiobook with the ms in front of her and see where they don’t match, so I can fix that. Even the miserable pennies from a WS sale are better than, you know, $0.00. I’ve found another org I like the look of, [MORE]

“Would I Lie to You?” Hits the #1 Spot!

October 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

That was in Gay Fiction, it only got to #2 in Gay Romance. Today’s the second day, which is always a big slide from day 1. But…when you consider how very, very few books on either list are *not* in Kindle Unlimited, it’s a pretty big deal. Amazon weights those page reads towards your “sales” rank, so it took me 520 copies sold in one day to make it to that spot. What I’ve learned from multiple BookBubs is that the Amazon top 200 is the “silicon ceiling” – I saw WILTY’s sales rank go from 300,000 up to 245 in the space of a day thanks to a BB, but I’ve never cracked that 200 ranking with a BookBub. Those books are all either selling 600+ copies a day, or sales plus equivalent in whatever system Amazon uses with page reads to equal a “sale” in the rankings. So pretty much anyone in the top 200 is making fuckin’ bank. That said. I’m satisfied with my BookBub purchase, as always. I picked up 20 [MORE]

.99 BookBub Sale is ON! “Would I Lie To You” on sale everywhere!

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Fingers crossed! Here on Amazon, here on iTunes via browser, and here on Nook! I only need to sell 420 copies @.99 to recoup my $140 investment. This sale is the first time I’ve had #1 in a series at .99, so it’ll be interesting to see how/if that impacts sales on Strength in Numbers at full price. I restarted audio on Apollo’s Curse this a.m., having decided that I needed to work on the audiobook that was closer to finished (55% vs. 35% for WILTY). I’m doing a lot of paid editing work in October, whoo hooo! So finances aren’t as tight. I really do need to be more relaxed to do narration well; it’s stressful enough as it is to focus and act and breathe etc. without other tension factors interfering. As for Game Theory, the last book in the Marc and Jesse trilogy (or at least in this cycle; there could be a new trilogy at some point), I’ll be working on that starting in December :0. Look for it in late [MORE]

ANOTHER lucrative KU scam ($2.4m+), audiobook news, and The Road Forward

September 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Yeah uh huh that’s right you know it. This guy just made off with AT LEAST $2,440,000 in KU 2.0 money. And nobody knows how much he made under the old “per borrow” system, but I bet it was like you know a LOT. Fuck KU. Fuck Amazon. So glad I’m out of that rotten system. The article’s author didn’t do all his homework, focusing on the jacking-up of sales ranks. But it’s apparent from this paragraph that (surprise!) of course the scam’s purpose was about KU borrowbux: Once the royalties (and refunds, rarely) begin to trickle in, the transactions are recorded in Amazon’s sales and royalties reports. Shershnyov’s royalty report showed that itemized revenues from the 11 master accounts generated $2.44 million since June 2015, which is when Amazon changed the terms in which authors were paid based on the number of books loaned. (It’s not known what was made during the six months prior to that, which was when the scam [MORE]

Audiobook Delay…

September 21, 2016 // 4 Comments

Yeah, shit happens. I was putting myself on a schedule I couldn’t keep, especially with some personal stuff going on. I’m taking some time to get that straight, and I’ll be back with more news when I have [MORE]

Lionel Shriver and “Writing The Other”

September 12, 2016 // 7 Comments

Lionel Shriver was recently burned at the stake for comments she made about “who gets to write what” at the Brisbane Writers Festival. The problem is, I’ve now read two widely-linked blog posts on it, and not one has quoted her verbatim, and I can’t find the actual transcript. [Edit 9/13; The Guardian published the speech today.] So I’m relying on the second hand testimony of people who didn’t like what they heard but didn’t quote it to source their arguments. Yassmin Abdel-Magied said of Shriver’s speech, “On and on it went. Rather than focus on the ultimate question around how we can know an experience we have not had, the argument became a tirade. It became about the fact that a white man should be able to write the experience of a young Nigerian woman and if he sells millions and does a ‘decent’ job — in the eyes of a white woman — he should not be questioned or pilloried in any way. It became about mocking those who ask people to seek [MORE]

“Would I Lie to You: The Audiobook” at 35%!

September 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

I’m about 5% behind my self-imposed schedule, but some mornings I just can’t meet quota on narration. My tonsils aren’t cooperating, or my sinuses, or the air quality, or the house clicks and clacks and creaks and forces retake after retake, or my stomach gurgles unremittingly, or Mr. Leonard decides that 5 am is when he finally wants to entertain himself by batting the scrunchie thingie around on the wooden floor upstairs. That said. It’s moving along. My goal is to get it done by the 23rd, a week before the BookBub. Given previous time frames between audiobook sub and pub, seven days is the least amount of time I can expect to wait. (And Authors Republic has told me that’s quite the unusually speedy time frame.) To think that the first audiobook took me, what? Eight months of trial and error? And I’m putting this together in…four weeks? I’m definitely getting better at this all the time. I had some interesting feedback on the [MORE]

Why my books would make GREAT movies!

September 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

I just reread A Great Prince, my only heteromance. (Well, setting aside my Angelina Vance 1930s divorce ranch/cowboy romance, which I may well reprint soon just because I have the rights back so why not.) With my poor Miss June recently deceased, I needed… escape. And I didn’t have a book at hand that would give me that. I noticed a couple of sales on AGP after a million years of none and thought, yeah, that one… And you know what? It’s so Hollywood. I was casting it in my head – Miles Teller as Nikolas (young, hot, and with that inner darkness that will really pop in a role like this) and Jennifer Lawrence as Francesca Albertine (tough, but vulnerable). I’m telling you, it’s gold. Okay, they won’t go for Miles Teller, and Jennifer Lawrence is booked till 2099, fine, but still. That’s how it played in my head yesterday. The whole story even had its genesis in targeted marketing. I read an article about the most popular Netflix [MORE]
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