The female is writing this post today. We’re busy watching the birds.
News tidbit #1!
Taken is in progress of being contracted and recorded. The voice actor will be the same lovely gentleman who did Storm Called. Things like money has been discussed. Things like how to handle other things… needs to be discussed. I am sure we will figure this out, but it’s been confirmed this is a thing.
Storm Called, Bonds, and Huntress are also being updated with new audiobook covers. See? Aren’t they pretty? They’re pretty.
The royalty share books and exclusive-amazon titles are currently on route to general freedom, and the process of getting them loaded into Findaway is going well!
Expect these to launch on March 1, 2021, unless ACX/Audible finds some way to screw me over. (I would not be surprised, but they have released seven books from the contracts so far. That is progress.)
Murder Mittens has gotten a new cover by the amazeballs Rebecca Frank! The entire Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) series is being revamped until all covers have been made by Rebecca. I absolutely fucking adore everything about this cover! EVERYTHING.
But look at that MANE! Rawr!
And the yarn.
A Chip on Her Shoulder’s audiobook edition releases on March 1, 2021. Surprise!
Basically, a LOT of books that were not available in Authors Direct will be available on March 1. Hooray for March 1!
My PA, Jenny, is in progress of figuring out how to get Authors Direct audiobooks to play in the Audible app. Someone was able to do it, and we will provide a guide, if possible, so you do not have to use a different app to listen to audiobooks acquired elsewhere.
Everybody wins. (That plus paying me directly for the audiobooks saves you significant money per audiobook. To the tune of $5-7 each for most books. And I’m paid more when you buy from the other vendors. Everybody wins.)
So, to update you on future releases:
- A Chip on Her Shoulder: Completed, releasing March 1, 2021.
- Outfoxed: Contracted, in production.
- Murder Mittens: Contracted, in production.
- Taken: Pre-production/Contracting.
Future of Audiobooks:
Basically, these four books in production, plus Booked for Murder, will dictate how many audiobooks I will do per year. I can only afford to pick up so much debt producing them. I like giving readers as many options as possible, but when each one costs me $2,500+ out of pocket each… it’s hard. I take on the entire financial burden.
ACX/Audible’s choice to allow chained returns/refunds/exchanges just tipped the scale in the wrong direction. But, in good news… I need like… closer to a third of the sales I needed on Audible to be out of the red through the new distributor.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m still in the red on my audiobooks. I’ll have to completely restart my general advertising for audiobooks as well. That’s fine. It’s just yet another challenge in the grand scheme of things.
Moving forward, I’ll be more fairly paid, and that’s important to me.
We’ll see how it goes. But for now, expect the next audiobook to be considered for production to be Catnapped or the Flame Game. I might bite the bullet and add The Flame Game to production as soon as Outfoxed or Murder Mittens is done.
Reason for Flame Game’s delay: y’all constantly get upset about the narrator choices for Bailey. It has made me just not want to deal with casting for Bailey. Because the lovely lady who did Bailey in Burn, Baby, Burn is not available.
In the future, I will very probably have both Playing with Fire and the female voice for Burn, Baby, Burn recorded. My first choice of actress is Keira Grace, who has been doing the vast majority of my audiobooks as of late.
Please don’t get upset with me over this. The other actresses are no longer available. I literally cannot hire them. It’s out of my control. They moved onto different career fields or production firms.
And please do not suggest you can record them better. If you think you can… I recommend you get in touch with Archieboy Audiobook Productions about being an actor or actress for the studio, and if you pass the audition line ups to win a role… great! Otherwise, I’m not open to auditions. I need professionals who do this for a living, and I need professionals who can herd the cat that is me.
But seriously… I use Archiebook Audiobook Productions or Cameron Hill for the male Royal States projects. This isn’t up for negotiation, so please don’t make things awkward by making claims you can do it better.
Please respect the hard work all of my production staff puts into these books, especially the readers, who I picked because I liked their voice, their work ethic, and the way they read.
And that’s all, folks. Back to work with me.
P.S.: Playing with Fire will have a new cover soon.