April 2016

Great news on the audiobook stats front!

April 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

So, once it finally occurred to me that I could just write to Author’s Republic and just ask instead of sitting around wringing my hankie, I got something you never get from Amazon. A quick response. That is not a form letter. And contains the requested information. As well as useful information about future events. I’ll never ever forget the time I emailed KDP customer “service” and received an email back in less than ten seconds that opened with “I do understand your concern.” No you don’t! “You” are a goddamn form letter; you don’t understand anything! I’m feeling better and better about selecting these guys as my distis. Anyway, here’s the info for all you future audiobook self-pubbers: The majority of our partners report to us monthly. (All the big ones – Audible, Amazon, Audiobooks.com, OverDrive, Hoopla, Findaway, etc.) In fact, everywhere you’ll currently be listed does monthly. There [MORE]

“Given the Circumstances” 22% recorded!

April 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

The machine is rolling… It’s really weird to be in this 19th Century communications mode re audiobook sales. As in, it’s like I’m pacing the widow’s walk, clutching my hankie, waiting for Ye Olde Schooner to bring a Missive from my Dearest Darling Banker. I’ve got a mail in to Author’s Republic to get more explicit info on reporting and payment… I don’t need the money now as much as I need the data now, need to know how much I am or am not making on this… It’s funny. In five days, I’ve got 22% of GTC recorded, and of that about 10% edited and ACX-checked and ready to go. Since all in all it took me 300 days to get ALTB done, that means I’ve done in five days what took me (cosmically and metaphorically speaking) 66 days on the first book. And since it only took six days to clear ALTB from submission to sale, I can safely say that GTC:TA will be on sale by the end of May or first week of June! I’ve [MORE]

“A Little Too Broken” Audiobook on AMAZON, AUDIBLE, and ISTORE!

April 27, 2016 // 8 Comments

I know, I know, rage caps. But what are you gonna do? Here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/A-Little-Too-Broken/dp/B01EQV1IG8/ And the Audible.com link: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/A-Little-Too-Broken-Audiobook/B01EQV1G9M And again, the Audiobooks.com link: http://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/a-little-too-broken/263182 And, hey presto! It’s in the iTunes store too! Here’s the browser link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/little-too-broken-unabridged/id1108142397?mt=3&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 So, that was fast…six days from submission to Author’s Republic to “go live” on all the biggies. I gotta say, I’m disappointed in Amazon. Put on your schmancy headphones (Bose QC2 in my case) and take a listen to the sample quality on the Amazon page…and then on the Audiobooks.com page or in the iStore (which for some reason is not the opening of the story, but just a random 1.5 minute extract from the middle of the submitted [MORE]

“A Little Too Broken” audiobook is LIVE at Audiobooks.com!

April 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

It’s true, it’s true…it’s really truly on sale at the first outlet. http://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/a-little-too-broken/263182 I know, most people are waiting for the Audible version. All I ask when that happens is that you don’t spend $1.99 on the Whispersync version – see this article; I’m not the only one grumbling about the $0.80 Whispersync royalty. It makes me feel much better about going wide with my disti. It’s also part of why I’ve boosted my ebook prices – if people are going to bundle a cheap ebook with a dirt cheap audiobook, I gotta make up the loss somehow. When the time comes, please don’t add Whispersync to your ebook purchase; please please please buy the audiobook or at least use an Audible credit… That said. Surprise! I’m already 12% into recording Given the Circumstances! Seems I’m able to knock out narration of about 5% of a book each morning. Basically, I’ve made the [MORE]

Chatbots and AI in the news…Hey! I wrote a book about that!

April 25, 2016 // 4 Comments

So yeah, Silicon Valley, I’m available for consulting! Seven years ago, I started a novel about an artificial intelligence, with a simple if tragic premise: The great advance in AI would come when an AI could present itself as human enough to become your digital friend – for you to bond with it, to become dependent on the “relationship.” And that when that happened, the sole purpose of that friendship would be…to sell you stuff. And so, the only reason AI would be given the massive resources required to create such a simulacrum would be when corporations realized it was the final frontier, the last way to sell you stuff to which people had not become inoculated. We have script blockers and ad blockers – I never see an ad online. Only a handful of “sponsored posts” get through on my Facebook mobile feeds. But then, ads aren’t made to reach people like me; see below. What if a lonely solitary single person was offered a friend? A friend who would be the ultimate ear, [MORE]

“I’m not an actor…I’m a MOVIE STAR!” Thoughts on narrating for others…

April 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Well, “A Little Too Broken” has passed review at Author’s Republic, and now it’s in the corporate inbox at Audible, iTunes, etc… That’s a load off – it means that the Audacity ACX-check did exactly what it said it would! It should be smooth sailing approval-wise now. It’s only the great and terrible oceans of waiting that remain to stress me out now. And yes, I am going to create a video on how to narrate and produce your own audiobook with Audacity, end to end, spending no more than $500 (including a computer). It’s the same reason I put up my CreateSpace template on my Self Pub Help page – there are people out there telling poor bastards that “I will format your CreateSpace book for $600.” Jesus Howard Christ, once you have a template, it takes between fifteen minutes and an hour to copy/paste chapter content into said template (depending on how many chapters you’re talking about). And nobody’s [MORE]

“A Little Too Broken: The Audiobook” is DONE and SUBMITTED…

April 20, 2016 // 4 Comments

Yep, it’s done. And submitted to Author’s Republic (basically the Draft2Digital of audiobooks). And, it’s already off from them to Audiobooks.com, Hoopla, and a bunch of other sites I’ve never heard of. Audible/Amazon and iTunes to come… And so now it’s time to Look Back on this nearly one year journey to a finished audiobook. It all started in May 2015, when I was a guest on the WROTE Podcast. Not only was I not horrified by the sound of my own voice when I heard the finished product, but SA Collins, Vance Bastian and Jayne Lockwood told me how great it was. So I thought, hmm, I should do an audiobook. And they said yes, yes you should! So I set up a little recording studio in the basement – and I mean little. We’re talking about a TV tray, with a box on it, a $50 Blue Snowball microphone, and a sound baffling curvy thing in another cardboard box with a cat blanket over it (it’s not much different now). And I recorded a short story, Kyle’s New Stepbrother, and [MORE]

It’s not Writer’s Block…it’s Pubber’s Block

April 16, 2016 // 2 Comments

Okay, sure, most of my energy lately has gone into the audiobook, so there’s that. But, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything, or even researched anything. I was going to do Colum V, and I got some research done, but then… bweh. I’ve been reading the most fantastic book, Future Crimes, which has been a total Plot Bunny Farm for Marc and Jesse, so it’s made me excited about the next story in that series, in the abstract. But when I think about starting to write that… bweh. It’s not writer’s block. Hell, if ideas were sperm, my motility is so high that I could retire on the earnings from my “donations” to the Creative Fertility Clinic. It’s pubber’s block. The realization that what I’m writing isn’t selling, a combination of market forces that include Amazon’s ever more fucked-up KU system (see here, and see this preposterous MM book in KU, padded out with…BBW romances; I [MORE]

“A Little Too Broken: The Audiobook” now 77.77etc% edited and ACX checked!

April 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Yeah, I’ve got a system now. The better I get at narrating, the easier it is to edit. And yeah, much as I hate to admit it…it’s the grind of editing that’s made me a better narrator, if only because I’ve learned how to do it in the way that makes for the easiest editing! Taking a breath and then pausing before speaking, so I can delete the pause and not have to blot/silence it out before cutting. Taking a long breath and minimizing pauses to get as many lines strung together without edits as I can. Listening more carefully for any sufferin’ succotash ess sounds, or “sticky mouth” sounds, and doing the line over. Cutting the worst repeatedly bad takes as I go, rather than having to run through them in production. And I’m learning editing tricks, too. Running the de-clicker before I start to edit, to remove mouth clicks etc. without my having to silence them by hand. Pounding out the changes at the end that make the ACX-compliance [MORE]