Good news and bad news this week, so let’s get to it. I have Queen’s Journey up to 100,000 words and a bit extra, which isn’t quite where I wanted it for this week, but given the holiday in the United States, I’m not surprised, either. What surprised me was that I got my writing done on Thanksgiving, then Friday I couldn’t get more than about 100 words out. Hopefully I’ve recovered by Monday.
On a positive note, tomorrow the ebook of the Mantles of Power Omnibus comes out, I’ve put together a bundle of the audiobooks that’s working its way through Audible’s system, and I got the cover art for Queen’s Journey back, so I’ve put up a pre-order on the latter! I should warn that in an excess of caution, I chose to put the pre-order date for the end of April, but I fully expect to move it to January, assuming my editor is available and the book doesn’t end up over 180,000 words. I think it’ll be closer to 120,000, but that’s a guess. Anyway, the Amazon affiliate links are below, followed by the Queen’s Journey cover art.
Now, on to the news that isn’t as good. As of the time of this writing (early Saturday) I’m still waiting on Audible to put Hives & Heroism up for sale, and even after calling them directly to ask what’s going on, they couldn’t give me a firm date on when it’d be available. I don’t think it’ll be a surprise to any of you that I’m not happy to be going on over 50 days after I submitted it to them and still not having it up for sale.
Unfortunately, that’s not the only issue involving Audible that has me concerned and frustrated. I’m not going to go into all the details, I suspect you don’t want to know, but the essential point is that rather than going exclusively into their distribution (which goes to Amazon, Audible, and iTunes), I’m going to be going non-exclusive with each title as they come out of their exclusivity period, which is one year after release, and putting them up on other audiobook stores as soon as I’m able to. The only exceptions are with Ancient Ruins, Spells of Old, and Halls of Power, which are locked into exclusivity for a full seven years due to how I produced them.
If things don’t change with Audible in the near future, I will be faced with a hard decision. Either I stop producing audiobooks, and realize that I’ve spent over $40,000 USD producing the ones I have to-date (I did not pay for Ancient Ruins, Spells of Old, Halls of Power, The Avatar’s Flames, Queen of Ice, or The Obsidian Palace, or the number would be much higher), or I’m going to have to boycott Audible and put my audiobooks up elsewhere. There’s a service I use that has audiobook delivery in beta that looks promising, so I could give direct sales, but I don’t have details on it yet, I’m trying to work out options after running into this realization on Friday.
I just wanted to let everyone know where things stand there.