July 2016

“Given the Circumstances” .99 today! Then add the audiobook for $1.99!

July 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

Tell your friends 🙂 Get the ebook on the ‘zon, then add the audiobook for $1.99! Also available for .99 at iTunes, BN, AllRomanceEbooks and Google Play! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GH33TRA https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/given-the-circumstances/id739145412?mt=11 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/given-the-circumstances-brad-vance/1117325637?ean=2940152759648 https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brad_Vance_Given_the_Circumstances?id=LAVKDAAAQBAJ&hl=en https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-giventhecircumstances-1338423-145.html [MORE]

Surprise! “Apollo’s Curse: The Audiobook” at 33%!

July 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Yes, 1/3 of an audiobook done in 13 days. And it’s only taken that long because I’ve been busy on paid editing work. The factory is at full steam now! In fact, I may be producing faster than I can release – Given the Circumstances: The Audiobook is going on a blog tour 8/1, to coincide with the awesome mega .99 BookBub on 7/31 – 8/2. And if I finish AC in, say, 3-4 weeks max (I’m going for faster, more on that below), well crap – I won’t be able to get a new blog tour round as fast as that. So, I’m not sure what to do. Park the finished version of AC, and wait a few more weeks, or just GO FOR IT and Facebook bomb it. If I can release a new audiobook every six weeks…holy crap. Which may not be the case, for a good reason – I might be doing more than just my own books. I’ve put myself up on ACX as a narrator, and I’ve auditioned for two nonfiction books, and I plan on subbing a couple more auditions this week. [MORE]

I’m an ACX/Audible narrator, now for hire!

July 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

I did it! I signed up to see what work I can get on a Per Finished Hour basis. I can’t afford to risk royalty shares right now – maybe later… We’ll see what happens! Here’s the link to my profile. Here’s me doing the opening pages of Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Yeah, a far cry from my other work, I know. But I’d love to do history projects, and what better example to use than the words of The Great Man Himself? Thus proceeds the diversification of Vancedelay [MORE]

“Given the Circumstances” is Whispersynced! And the Amazon BS I’m dealing with on that…

July 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Buy the book for $4.99, and get the audio for $1.99. Pretty sweet deal! As soon as you buy the ebook, come back to the product page and you’ll see the $1.99 offer. Which, I’m semi-ambivalent about. I know, I should be standard issue promotional rah rah so excited etc., but a $1.99 audiobook sale, vs. a $14.95 audiobook sale, is a big diff. That said – I get a $3.75-ish royalty on a full price audiobook, minus Authors Republic’s cut, and who knows I guess $0.50 on the Whispersync purchase. But… if a new reader buys the ebook at $4.99, that’s $3.50 in royalties on that + .50 for the audiobook, so it balances out, or close. Or better. Math class is hard; that’s why I write books, silly. Also, I have the sneaking suspicion that Audible best seller lists are based on Whispersync availability and not just straight up sales or credits used, so yeah, “visibility” for the book and for me is good. I’ve been fighting with Amazon, [MORE]

“Given the Circumstances” got a BOOKBUB again!

July 20, 2016 // 4 Comments

Yep, yep, July 31st – August 2nd, it’ll be .99 at all fine retailers. This is my first BookBub since November! My first BookBub was in May 2014, and the reach was 40,000 people. The LGBT list is now… 256,000 people. It was $80 for 40k people, and $140 for 256k, 6x the audience, so it’s an even better deal than it was then. (To answer your question, yes, BookBub is always worth it regardless of genre, if you can get one.) On my first one for Given the Circumstances, I sold almost 1,000 copies during the sale. I can’t expect 6,000 sales this time, but hell, I’ll take 1,000 again! Best part is, it’ll get people to the page to see the audiobook version as well. I think I may have had problems getting BBs for a while because I was in KU; the program seems to favor wide disti over Amazon exclusivity. But our funny Uncle KU has…moved away, and let’s never speak of him [MORE]

IT’S HERE! Given the Circumstances: The Audiobook is LIVE!

July 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

Here at Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Given-the-Circumstances-Audiobook/B01ICA3YES Here as a straight-up purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Given-the-Circumstances/dp/B01ICA0AW2 DO remember that the audio samples on the product pages are not reflective of the real content – they’re pretty metallic and grating, actually, but what can you do… AuthorsRepublic (my wide distributor, whose staff has been very efficient and helpful) told me I was actually very lucky to get both my titles up this fast: “Amazon/Audible/iTunes can take up to 15 days to review the content, and then another week to push it live. The time-frame that you experienced with your first title was extraordinarily fast.” So! Editing work $$ is Numero Uno now, but I’ll be sliding in bits and pieces of the Apollo’s Curse audiobook as I get a [MORE]

Rave review for “A Little Too Broken: The Audiobook”! Still waitin’ on Audible, Amazon, iTunes for GTC…

July 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Yeah, GTC passed review Thursday a.m. at AuthorsRepublic but no sign of it anywhere yet. God I hate waiting. But! I got my first editorial audiobook review, and it’s a 10/10! A Little Too Broken written and narrated by Brad Vance is incredible… I was hooked from the moment I started the audiobook till the very end.  A Little Too Broken is 3.5 hours long.  It was so good, I was able to finish within 5 hours of starting it.  I would have finished right at the 3.5 hours, if life wouldn’t have gotten in the way. The voices fit the characters and the story flowed well.  Therefore, it was easy for me to connect with them all and get a good visual of the scenes. …The only complaint that I have has nothing to do with how the book is written or narrated. I felt so much for the characters that I didn’t want the book to end. This may have been the first book that I have read or listened to by Brad Vance, but it wont be the last. O HELL YAH! Now I’m [MORE]

Given the Circumstances: The Audiobook has PASSED REVIEW! In stores any time now…

July 7, 2016 // 2 Comments

WOW. That took two working days to pass review. That’s it. And it’s off to Amazon, Audible and iTunes, as well as a fleet of other smaller distis/stores. The only problem I have with AuthorsRepublic is that you only get a batch number of audiobooks sold, no breakdown by site – but as they told me, “due to contractual obligations imposed on us, we’re legally currently only allowed to display total units sold and total royalties earned per month per book. We can’t currently display the sources but this may change in the future.” I HOPE SO! The worst thing about KU page counts per book per month was how useless they were. (Now that I’m out of KU, how very relaxing to use the past tense…) I mean, if 1,000 pages of Werewolves of Brooklyn were read in a month, was that five people who read it all, or 1000 people who quit on page one? Who knows? Amazon does, of course, but they’re not sharing… At any rate. I’d turned down a [MORE]

Given the Circumstances: The Audiobook…is DONE!

July 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

Should be at all fine retailers in about a week or so! Yeah, I’m gettin’ the hang of this shit now. Took me, on and off, 10 months to get A Little Too Broken: The Audiobook done. Took me, off and on but mostly on, 2.5 months to get this one done. Of course, I need a job soon for $$, but, otherwise, I could see pushing these babies out the door even faster than that. Like any other skill, the better you get, the faster you get. The more I edit, frustrated with huffs and slurs, the more careful I am narrating. The more I narrate, the more relaxed I get, no longer punching myself in the head when it comes out wrong six times in a row – and, if it’s a really fucked up sentence when you try and speak it, I can just change it in the ebook and hey presto, ebook and audio match! It’s good to be the king! It took about six days for the book to pass review last time, and what with the holiday and vacations, I figure middle of the week of the 11th it’ll be [MORE]