Overload Flux Is Now an Audiobook
Overload Flux is now an audiobook, and I'm thrilled! Since I first started publishing it and the Central Galactic Concordance series, an audiobook version has been the number one request from readers.
The thing is, good quality audiobook production ain't cheap. Experienced and professional narrators like the fabulous and ultra-cool Nicole Poole are well worth the per-finished-hour price they charge. Good production values make it a pleasure to listen to the ten plus hours of an audiobook. For independent authors like me, that's fair chunk of upfront investment that I won't see a return on for a few years.
Indie Authors Choices
As an independent author, I can publish books myself, or I can license the rights to a publisher. For a whole host of reasons, I am currently not interested in working with a traditional publisher for ebooks or print books. The publishing industry is experiencing the old Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times.” Traditional publishers are, for the most part, behaving badly toward their authors—long lead times, rights grabs, cookie-cutter marketing plans, pitifully poor royalty shares, etc. This is nothing new; they've treated authors like replaceable commodities for at least the last century.
What is new is that now, thanks to Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Nook, etc., authors have a choice. If I invest in my books with professional editing, professional cover design, and marketing, I get to keep far more of the profits. My risk, my reward.
Audiobook production is the one area where I've always said that I'd definitely consider the traditional publisher model, because of the steep upfront investment cost. Also, because the digital publishing revolution has brought the advent of several audiobook publishing companies that have sane and reasonable contract terms and fair royalty rates. I haven't pursued them, but somehow, the author gods were smiling on me earlier this year, and Tantor Media came knocking at my door.
Audiobook for Fans
And so, ta-da! Overload Flux is now an audiobook. What's more, Tantor has licensed the next three books in the series (Minder Rising, Pico's Crush, and Jumper's Hope), and expect those to be out in the coming months. They'll all be available at the major booksellers, plus some that specialize in audiobooks.
If audiobooks are your cup of catnip tea, here are places you can buy Overload Flux today:
P.S. If you do read the book with your ears, please tell me what you think. I love my own stories, so I'm not an objective judge.