Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Fun Facts: Audio Books!

"Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force..." ~Anonymous

Happy Friday! I'm happy to share the news that I recently signed contracts to put 2 of my books, Lost in Paradise and One Night in Memphis, into audio book format!

This will be a new venture for me -- and it's a new company, AudioLark, so I am approachinhg it with caution. However, I'm interested in seeing how making the books available in audio format might help sales (or not). I've had a few friends say to me in the past, "Oh, I'm too busy to sit down and read your book. Now if it was in audio and I could take it on the run, then..." Of course, they might just be making excuses (!), but I do think that with the rise of iPods, along with people's inability to sit down for any length of time, having books available in audio can't hurt. And I have friends who borrow books on tape from the library all the time, to listen to in the car.

Anyway, a fellow author I had done signings with before emailed me about AudioLarkto let me know they were looking for all romance genres, but especially sweet/sensual as opposed to erotic, which was awfully nice of her (you never know how those contacts are going to pay off!). I believe they're still looking for ebooks to put into audio, so if you're interested, follow the submission guidelines at their website.

The publisher is quite professional and agreed to a couple of changes in the contracts I requested. She was also VERY fast in responding to my inital query.

So, the release date for both my audio books will be March 1, 2010. I'm excited and will keep you posted!

Question: Do any of you listen to audio books now?


Marianne Arkins said...

I used to listen to them all the time -- BD (before daughter). Now? Can't. She's ALWAYS with me! LOL...

Good luck.

Liz said...

Congrats on the sale - so cool!! I do non-fiction titles via audio and have some poetry too. No fiction titles.

Diane Craver said...

That's great news, Allie.