Friday, August 14, 2015

Heading down new roads

One of the first things I learned as a self-published author three years ago was that I was more than an author. I was a businessman who had to package and promote his books as effectively as any Big 6 publisher to succeed in a competitive industry.

I also had to seek new markets. Through Amazon.com, I’ve been able to sell e-books in places I’ve never visited, such Britain, Australia, and Southeast Asia. Through Podium Publishing and Audible, I've been able to offer an audiobook of The Mine.

Last week I started down yet another road by signing a contract with Natasha Soudek to create an audiobook of The Journey. Soudek, a Los Angeles-based actor, narrator, and songwriter, has already begun work on the project, which should be completed by early October.

Through the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), an Amazon platform, I hope to convert each of my six — soon to be seven — novels to audio. With the exception of The Mine, all are available only as Kindle e-books on Amazon.

Readers and listeners can also expect to see three new covers. Laura Wright LaRoche, who created or modified the covers of The Show, The Fire, and September Sky, is currently updating the cover of The Journey and creating a new one for Mercer Street.

LaRoche recently finished an elegant new cover for The Mirror (above), the fifth book in the Northwest Passage series. A cover reveal for Mercer Street, the second book in the new American Journey series, is scheduled for the middle of September.

I plan to release the novel itself on October 30.

4 comments:

  1. The Mine was fantastic!!!! I read and listened to it twice. Since I travel a lot audible has reopened my passion for reading books by giving me more flexibility I can't wait to be able to listen and read Journey and your other books in NW passage series.

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  2. Thank you for the kind words, Diane. The Journey audiobook is now in production and should be out by mid-October.

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  3. I found The Mine through BookBub and I'm so glad I did. I almost didnt read it because of the title (sorry!)

    The story resonated with me and I know it will linger with me for years. I just read the sample of The Show and I'm going to have to purchase it. I want to know Grace's story.

    I'm definitely a fan of time travel books and I'm thrilled you've written so many. Can't wait to read them all. :)

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