My books are offered through Podiobooks.com and the iTunes Music Store as free audio downloads. I don't sell them.
Podiobooks rules. It's still the best way I know to find an audience for longer works in any genre.
Ignore the trade-pub narratives about how little success indies enjoy.
More and more of my audio fans are asking for audiobook versions - files without the intro/outro/etc that go into the podcasts. More and more want them from Audible.
I can write three novels in the time it takes to write one novella. I'm probably not going to go with that form again.
Stop aspiring. Start doing.
Coffee takes on an almost ritualistic meaning. I learned that from being on hurricane patrol for a year in the North Atlantic.
My characters are all "just people" - people you might know - and the things that happen are things that anybody might do if they lived on a freighter that spent most of its time in the Deep Dark.
My works are a direct response to the typical space opera. I grew tired of always reading about how the people with power, with agency, get involved in huge sweeping arcs of stories. I wanted stories that dealt with real people, people I could relate to.
I credit Podiobooks and the free audio podcasts for helping me develop the audience I needed when I started selling my books in text forms.
My opinion is that more authors could use podcasts to differentiate themselves in a crowded text-based marketplace.
specialize in small cast/single reader long fiction so I only compete against other podcasts of novels in that form.
I had to decide if I wanted to be known as a writer or a reader. I chose writer.
I only read on my phone and the whole "let's see if we can get people to do it" idea seems less "wouldn't it be cool if we could get people to do it" and more "what else would people do."
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