About this time last year, I ventured out to produce my first audiobook. A Match for Magnolia, Book 1 of my Seven Suitors for Seven Sisters, was the story I chose for this endeavor. I first looked into the options of producing myself, then having the book produced, then using ACX.com to produce. Weighing up the high cost of production with a totally unknown return, I set about finding myself a narrator from ACX’s vast database and opted for a royalty split.
I soon became fortunate enough to land the talented Lin Gallagher with her refined British accent. Lin was a total pleasure to work with, and within a few weeks, we had a final product to launch into the world. One reader had this to say: “…loved the reader’s accent on Audible.”
I’d hoped to be able to quickly move on to an audible Book 2 of this series, then 3, 4, 5. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be on the cards any time soon. As I wanted a different narrator for each sister’s story, an inability to find the right voice for Rose, my Book 2 Blume sister, brought this idea to a grinding halt. And now, with low audiobook sales, I feel I’ve nothing with which to attract the next narrator, and the next, to work with me on a royalty split for the series. So project audio is on hold. For now.
Sadly though, I can’t help asking the question: Do readers really want to hear?
Personally, I think audiobooks are great, and if done well, so very enjoyable.
Have you ever tried listening to your favorite author’s work instead of reading it? Many of your favorite Inspy Romance authors have audio versions of several of their books—Valerie Comer, Autumn Macarthur, Staci Stallings, Heather Gray, Elizabeth Maddrey, and Krista Phillips to mention but a few. Why not try one today? You could begin with any one of our audiobooks and see what it’s like to transform your commute to work or the time spent doing housework into your favorite activity—reading…um, I mean, listening!
Not sure whether you’d like this? Well, Audible.com do give new subscribers 30 days of membership free (and you can cancel anytime), plus one audiobook and two Audible Originals. I could list all the benefits you’ll get for their low monthly fee, but I’m going to send you to their website instead: https://www.audible.com
Audible also boasts an Audible Romance Package, giving subscribers unlimited access to thousands of romance audiobooks. I’m happy to tell you that A Match for Magnolia has been accepted into this package. Just think, you could spend the next 3 hours and 20 minutes enjoying Davis and Magnolia’s romance in the green hills of England. Here’s two short samples for you to enjoy!
So what about you? What’s your take on the question of “to hear, or not to hear”?