Yesterday, I was flooded with private messages on my personal profile because people did not appreciate that my narrator opted to use foal in a Texan accent. My proofers (both of them) are originally from Texas, so this sounded normal to them. I have booked to have the corrections/changes made to Vampire of Montana, but this spurred me to do some math.
People have called me a liar, because obviously, nobody could possibly ever have this accent.
Being called a liar after discussing with Texans about the issue is the last straw.
I value my integrity, and even when painful, I have done my absolute best to be honest with my readership.
So, here we go. Here’s the honesty I was keeping behind closed doors because I wanted to be accessible.
In 2023, I have earned $18,700 in audiobook earnings.
Don’t get excited.
Those audiobooks cost me $70,000 to produce. (Just paying the narrators and the production teams working with them.) ($3,000ish to one narrator, the rest to a studio that handles most of my other books. I rounded DOWN, for the record.)
That was not a typo. $70,000 has gone to audiobooks.
I have earned $18,700 in 2023 (across all vendors) on audiobooks that cost me $70,000 to produce. Oh, and that’s just the production fee. That excludes the proof-listening fees. (Those are approximately an additional $9,000.)
I am booked in for an additional, approximately,
$15,000 worth in audiobooks. Oops, it’s $36,200. I was only mathing the ones I expect in the next few months.
In 2022, I made $17,500 (rounded up.)
Oh, and that’s excluding the five figures I paid to get rights back on the Royal States series, which was just burned in a glorious dumpster fire of fuckery.
I’m done. Once I reach my contractual obligations , I will no longer be producing audiobooks. I was doing them to make my books accessible, accepting major losses over a period of years to give listeners an opportunity to enjoy them. But the numbers don’t lie.
I was taking heavy losses over these, and being screamed at, yelled at, and called a liar over something I’m not lying about, because I have zero need or desire to lie about something as simple as my proofers’ native accent!!! is the last straw.
I’m done audiobooks. Vampire will be fixed, but after everything is finished in the production queue, that’s it, that’s all.
I will evaluate, series after series, book after book, and once ALL audiobooks in a series has earned back, I MIGHT invest in a new audiobook in this series.
I viewed my audiobooks as a charity action for those who like listening to books or have poor eyesight. I was taking major losses to do this.
Here is the list of audiobooks being done:
- Null and Void (rerecording, do not have rights to original)
- The Captive King (rerecording, do not have rights to original)
- A Guiding Light (rerecording, do not have rights to original)
- Wolf Hunt
- Wild Wolf
- Pack Justice
- Blood Diamond
- Dead Weight
- 101 Ways to Die
- Winter Wolf
- Silver Bullet
- Shadowed Flame
That’s it, that’s all. I understand why some of you did not like the accent. That’s fine. But the behavior of people yesterday was unacceptable, and there are consequences for such behavior.
IF I were making profit on audiobook, I would probably just shut up and deal with it, but seeing as I’m over $40,000 in the hole over audiobooks with an expected pay back time of over 2 years… no.
This was the last straw. I apologize to the audiobook listeners who enjoyed these products, but I cannot and will not continue to take these losses.
Sure, being called a liar pissed me right the hell off, but ultimately, the financials don’t lie.
They aren’t making money, and I’m done taking these losses, especially considering how I have been treated the past few days.
Play stupid games… win stupid prizes. And I’m done playing the stupid games and winning nothing but debt.
I apologize if this harsh look at reality upsets you, but you are not entitled to me taking $40,000 in debt over audiobooks… nor are you entitled to come into my personal space and treat me like garbage and call me a liar because you did not like what I had to say.