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That story I mentioned on Wednesday...

As many of you know, I attended the Viable Paradise workshop back in 2007--an experience that changed my life. That isn't what this post is about (though they are accepting applications for 2014 so GO! APPLY! You will not be sorry.) This post is about Audibles, and how and why I got all three of my books in production so quickly.

It's all about Dave Thompson.

I met Dave at VPX, and we've been really good friends ever since. I adore him, and make no apologies for it. When Frankie D and I went out to California for World Fantasy a couple years ago, one of the big reasons for the trip was to see Dave and his family. He was one of the first people I told when Hadley Rille Books offered to publish Finder. He beta-read Beyond the Gate way before it became the svelte novel published last November. As one of the voices behind Podcastle he blurbed Finder pre-publication. And ever since then, he's been after Eric to let him do the audio-book for it.

It was one of those things that kept getting put on the back-burner. Eric (and I) are so busy with HRB, it makes everything NON-essential almost impossible to get done. Last November, when things started lightening up a little bit, I asked him if he minded if I resurrected the audiobook thing with Dave.

Damn, did things happen fast! We put Finder up on ACX (the Audibles production site) so he could audition officially (it all goes through ACX) and before he did, I got six auditions! But I wanted Dave, and so we asked these actors if they'd be interested in auditioning for other books on our list. We got some amazing talent, and they were quite enthusiastic about working with our novels. Keep in mind, these actors are working for a share of the royalties; they do this for love, and for the hope of a little cash reward. If they didn't think it was worth their time, they'd simply decline auditioning. So far, that hasn't happened.

There were two auditions I could not get out of my head--Brittany's and Benjamin's. I knew I wanted a male voice for A Time Never Lived, and a female voice for Beyond the Gate, but at the time, Dave was contemplating doing them all for me--a chance I could NOT give up if he were willing. Dave gets actual money for his voice-over work--the kind of money out of small press range. He was doing this for ME, because he loves me as much as I love him. In the end, we decided he'd just do Finder.

I contacted Benjamin and Brittany, who auditioned for ATNL and BTG, and lo! Two more audiobooks were born! Because of Dave's busy schedule, Finder can't be ready until the end of August, and thus, it wouldn't make sense to put up A Time Never Lived until then. But Beyond the Gate can come before or after the other two, so we're launching that one at the end of March or beginning of April. I am so excited. I can't wait to share at least some of it with you! I think there will be previews available, but I've not gotten that far yet.



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Feb. 21st, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely be getting one of your books on audible. Dave Thompson, as I said on your last post, is excellent!
Feb. 21st, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
He is amazing. I love him to pieces.

And thanks!
Feb. 22nd, 2014 05:51 am (UTC)
How wonderful to get the exact one you want!!
Feb. 22nd, 2014 06:13 pm (UTC)
I am so excited for all of these, and I can't wait to *have them*.
Feb. 22nd, 2014 06:29 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for you to have them either! Hehee! Thanks, baby.
Feb. 25th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
I missed this post somehow. Audiobooks, how exciting! *squee*
Feb. 25th, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty pumped.
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