Audiobook—Naked Alliances is Live! #RRBC

And it’s here! Susan Nicholls’ newest novel, Naked Alliances, is now available at Audible! Yes, you can get there through Amazon, but here is a direct link to Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Naked-Alliances-A-Richard-Noggin-Novel-Audiobook/B01N21H2DB/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1484522538&sr=1-1
If you’re an audiophile like me, you’ll look forward to listening Naked Alliances. The narrator sounds spot-on!

S.K. Nicholls

I’m pleased to inform you that the audiobook for Naked Alliances is live at Amazon!

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I don’t set the price for the audiobook, but it’s $17.46 if you have an audible account. That’s not a bad price. The paperback is $14.50 and the digital book goes on sale tomorrow for 99 cents.

If you’ve never listened to an audiobook, I encourage you to give them a try. Here’s the sweet part:

Free with Audible trial

$0.00

Try Audible Free

  • Includes two free audiobooks
  • Choose from 180,000+ titles
  • After 30 days, Audible is $14.95/mo.
  • Cancel anytime

Plus, if someone signs onto Audible as a new member and buys their third book, I get a fifty dollar bonus. You can buy me dinner! Sweet!

AND, you can CANCEL any time, so you’re not stuck in some year–long contract.

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Sir Terry Pratchett’s Wisdom on Writing Courtesy of Cate Russell-Cole

Click on the following link to read and enjoy a serious of wonderful and inspiring quotes from Sir Pratchett: Sir Terry Pratchett’s Wisdom on Writing.

I’ve come rather late to the Sir Terry Pratchett party.  I’ve seen  him and his writing discussed on several blogs, but didn’t even have a clue what he wrote until a month ago.  Now I’m a huge fan of his.

First, some background.  I’m a fan of audiobooks.  Best. Thing. Ever.  I love listening to audiobooks while I walk or knit or commute.  If it weren’t for audiobooks, my imaginary worlds be far poorer.  I have a subscription to Audible.com and when preparing for my recent vacation, I was on the website casting about for some audiobook that could easily entertain or at least distract me if I had any down time, such as on the flights or in the late evening while knitting.  Snuff was on sale.  It sounded like a good old police procedural.  Yeah, even the novel’s description wasn’t enough to clue me in on the world I was about to enter.  And obviously I didn’t look close enough at the cover.

Snuff (Pratchett novel)

Snuff (Pratchett novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first evening I started listening, I was totally blown away:  dwarfs?  trolls? vampires? werewolves?  social commentary on discrimination against other … hmmm … not really people but let’s say, sentient beings? WTF?

What riotous fun Snuff was to listen to!  The narrator, Stephen Briggs, was wonderful, one of those great narrators who doesn’t resort to high-pitch whines when he reads the female characters.  Snuff was so amazing that I want to buy the book (eventually) since oftentimes I literally could not believe my ears at what I was hearing.

To anyone who is a long-time fan of Sir Pratchett’s, my apologies if I sound (as I am) like an idiot for not already knowing of him and all the great work he has done.  To top off my “discovery” of his work, I find that Sir Pratchett is not just an extraordinary writer, but an extraordinary human being.

You don’t have to enjoy fantasy (high or low) or police procedurals or supernatural/paranormal fiction to enjoy Sir Pratchett.  You just have to enjoy good writing, full of humor and heart.  Many thanks to Cate Russell-Cole for posting his quotes!

 

The Kindle 2–is the audio option illegal?

Check out the post on the Writer Beware Blog for an in-depth discussion.  I don’t think authors have much to worry about since the quality of audio that the Kindle2  offers will match (if ever) the quality of a professionally produced audiobook. At best, the audio option will be a service to the visually impaired. I love audiobooks, and I’ve listened to quite a range of quality. A non-professionally produced audiobook can be entertaining for all the wrong reasons, but if I really want to enjoy a book audibly, then I’ll ante up for a professional production. The Kindle 2 offers a convenience only.

Use Podcasts to Generate Sales

While this might not work for everyone, apparently a few authors are finding that giving away free podiobooks and/or e-books can generate sales for the print versions of their books. Check on this post on Writer’s Blog about Scott Sigler’s success so far. According to Sigler’s blog: “Scott is the author of INFECTED, a major hardcover thriller from Crown Publishing. He landed his book deal by giving away multiple novels as free, serialized podcasts that generated a large online following and saw over 4 million downloads of the individual episodes.”

Now, I am an “audiofile.” I love listening to books (especially when I’m running, knitting, sewing, or cleaning house), and when I really like an audiobook (or podiobook), I often will go out and buy the hard copy. When it comes to good writing, I want to see the layout of the book–the scenes, the dialogue–so I can learn how to (hopefully) generate the same effect in my own writing. Besides, printed books will always have a special place in readers’ hearts.

Also, I think an author is showing a real desire to connect with his readers when he makes “cyber” versions of his book available for free. In return, that online following can lead to a lucrative contract with a traditional publisher.

What do you think? Have you made your work available through podcasts or e-books?

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