Plus, tips on how to use ACX and Whispersync
After I shared the manuscript of my high-tech conspiracy thriller Biohack with my Book Launch Team, the first question some readers began to ask was: When will this be available on Audible?
For today’s mobile, on-the-go workforce, tens of millions of us prefer to listen to our books rather than read them. Some even go back and forth with a new Amazon feature called Whispersync: You leave off on a certain page when you finish reading before you turn in to sleep, and then you pick right up where you left off with the Audible version during your morning commute. Amazingly cool! (It works only with Kindle e-books and Audible audiobooks.)
In the technothriller genre, the vast majority of narrators are men (although Amazon’s ACX service gives authors a wide range of women narrators). Given the theme of “Biohack” (a Shadow Operatives thriller), I wanted a woman’s voice, so I turned to longtime friend Denise Howell, host of the “This Week in Law” podcast, where I’ve been a guest three times. We came up with a flat fee rather than a royalty share and went to work.
I was hoping to launch the Audible version the same day as my book release event on May 22, but I didn’t account for the extremely long review process that ACX imposes on all titles. (The startup world has made me accustomed to fast turnarounds.) [Read more…] about High-tech thriller ‘Biohack’ is now on Audible