Alien Safari Coming Soon to Audible!
So I finally took the plunge, white water style, into the surging audiobook market! Not that my books haven’t been narrated for Audible before - long-time readers will remember all my Carina Press titles (except one) were treated to very professional audio productions – but I didn’t have any input at all with those. The publisher dealt directly with the producers. This marks the first time I’ve independently commissioned an audiobook. Held auditions. Chosen a producer. Given notes on the narration. Overseen the release and marketing.
And you know what? It’s been a blast so far. I received some fascinating audition readings from a range of talented producers/narrators. One stood out early on, and I ended up comparing the rest to him. You have to go with your gut, and to me he was the only choice. I’ll give more details soon, but suffice to say you’re in for a truly dynamic listening experience when the Alien Safari audiobook is released later this year.
It’s a fast-growing market. Commuters like to be read to on their devices while they’re on the go. People tired after a long day’s work might prefer to relax and hear a gifted storyteller entertain them. The ancient oral tradition has come full circle with audiobooks, and I think it’s great that they’re taking off in such a big way.
Another factor that persuaded me to dive into this medium now is the continuing success the Alien Safari books have seen on Kindle. Ever since that huge boost from the Bookbub Featured Deal last June, sales have been consistent, especially on Kindle Unlimited. And readers’ feedback continues to be overwhelmingly positive. With the third book about two-thirds done, it seemed like the ideal time to introduce the series to a new market, to see where that momentum takes us.
It’s been a wild ride, and with the safaris breaking trail onto Audible and iTunes, it’s about to get a whole lot wilder.
As always – Warning! Wildlife may be dangerous. Proceed beyond this point at your own risk.
Until next time,