This is the first time I’ve released an audiobook. I chose The Missing Comatose Woman because it’s the shortest book from Norn Publishing to date. Audiobook production can be quite expensive; the cost is usually directly proportional to the length of the book (the longer the book, the more expensive it is). Since I’m Canadian, I couldn’t use Amazon’s audiobook production company ACX, so I shopped around, did my research, and decided to use eBookIt, the same company I use for eBook distribution to some venues.
Depending on how well the audiobook does, I’ll consider bringing other books to audio. Having said that, something like the Rymellan Series would be too expensive to produce in audio. It would cost me at least $10,000, probably more. Given that, I decided to read The Dance, the first story in the series, myself, and I might read more Rymellan stories over time.
The Dance is the shortest story in the series, but it still resulted in almost an hour of audio. In addition to the story, I recorded a short commentary (we’re talking less than a minute, here) about why, out of all the events in Lesley and Mo’s younger lives I could have written about, I chose to write about that one.
When it’s ready, the audio story will be available at Ganxy.com for $0.99. I’ll let you know when it’s there.
It was a bit strange to go back and read The Dance. I wrote it five years ago (yikes!). Lesley and Mo sound so young. Also, I hate reading my own stuff, because there are always things I’d like to change. The Dance was no exception.
Here’s a short video of Maggie Smith admitting that she’s never watched Downton Abbey. I can completely relate to why she hasn’t (and if I change “acting” to “writing” in her last sentence, I agree with that, too):
Have a great weekend (and Happy Victoria Day weekend to Canadians)!