This is not a happy post. I’m not even sorry about that. Not everything can be positive, and this is a problem. This is how I’m addressing the problem:
I will be having my audiobook proofer going through (paid, of course), to identify the time stamps for all instances of foals and correcting them, since clearly, it’s a problem. I’ve received plenty of messages in my FAMILY account all day about this, and to say I’m upset that I cannot have any basic privacy today is an understatement.
As an author, I value when a narrator does a performance of my book. Things may not be pronounced in the way I expect, but it’s a performance. I appreciate that the narrator did take a legitimate accent (and to those of you crying this doesn’t happen, I assure you it does, I have literally lived in places where it’s been done, which is why I didn’t think more than a ‘huh, well, I had no idea that would bother people this much’ reaction to it.) And BOTH proofers also didn’t notice.
For those who have come into my personal space today, I get you mean well, but enough is enough. My family / personal accounts are not outlets for criticism, notifications of things you didn’t like, etc. That’s why I have a monitored contact form and a type/correction form… so I can have my personal space.
I’ve been pretty welcoming about people coming in to say nice things, and I don’t really want to change that, but enough really is enough.
While foal is being changed to the more accepted accenting (or lack thereof), I hope people decide to stop trashing the ratings, but you know what? That’s what the ratings box is there for.
It does mean agents of the royal states is done in audiobook format and no other books in the spinoff series will be produced. (Ratings matter, and with how low vampire currently is, the future titles won’t sell, and I’m not flushing money away.)
I will re-evaluate if I produce future audiobooks after everything confirmed to be booked and is contracted to be produced is finished. But right now, I spend thousands to produce a single audiobook, with an expectation of it taking six to twelve months to earn back its expenses. I take huge losses, in general, on audiobooks.
Considering how many have come into my personal space today about this, I’m really upset over the whole thing.
I will be paying the narrator and producer for the corrections, and I will pay my proofer to reproof the audiobook, because the number of changes essentially means a great deal is being re-recorded.
There is only so far I will go when taking losses… and this crossed lines. I have a contact form and a typo/error form. These things are checked.
You also have ratings and reviews, which you have used. (But now I have to sleep on it and decide if I’m removing Vampire of Montana from sale completely. I’m forced to stay in ACX for a set period of time, but considering how poorly this audiobook is going, and that it will be a while for that many corrections to be done… I’m expecting to take some massive losses.)
And considering some of the nasty things being said in some of the reviews I’ve had the misfortune of looking at, well… I am not encouraged about spending more money in the future on audiobooks.
I tried, I failed… and that’s that.