To get a free A.I. audio version of this blog, click here. I did not expect to spend the past two days working on Patreon. I mean, I planned on updating my Patreon page sometime in the future. As I wrote in the Year in Review post about advertising, much of what I had been doing had grown stale. I knew that, with the changes […]
To get a free AI -generated audio version of this blog, click here. Dean has a phrase that he uses often, especially when he’s teaching. He says writers have to give themselves time to turn the ship. By this, he usually means that writers need to change their thinking, and that takes time. He also uses it for businesses. If you have a small […]
Full disclaimer here: I wrote longer pieces on my Patreon page and combined them together for this post. There’s a lot of learning and dithering there, as well as a fairly mediocre audio sample that you can hear if you want to join up. I wrote those pieces in the moment, so I’m reprinting them here without changing that “in the moment” feel. I have […]
I have finally found the time to research AI audio. Or rather, I’m finally making the time. I have ventured to this precipice before, and backed off. Now, though, I feel the need to move forward. We (me, Dean, WMG Publishing) are leaving a lot of money on the table. I haven’t been able to get moving on my own voiceover, which would require me […]
I used to train radio news announcers. I trained them how to read live and on air, a skill I learned myself while still in college. In 2021, I took a voiceover class from an impressive-as-hell studio here in Las Vegas, with the full intention that I would somehow get my books into audio. I had hoped to hire a voice actor or two, or […]
I have courageously decided to review the year 2020 in publishing. Courageously only applies to me because I actually dread looking at the numbers or the things I remember. 2020 has made me skittish and has forced me to believe everything is a disaster, even when it isn’t. I have already logged a few blogs in this series. I’m writing them and posting them on […]
Surprisingly, for me, one of the best panels at the Business Master Class this year was on audio. We’ve done audio panels in the past. They’ve dealt with audio books, podcasts, and a whole variety of audio options. Except that in the past, there weren’t as many audio options. The game changer for indies was Audible’s ACX. In the beginning, it was truly wonderful, because […]
Initially, I started this post as a highlight reel of things that we need to pay attention to in 2019, but which I don’t have the time to explore deeply. I started with audio, and although I don’t have the time to explore audio deeply even in this post, just explaining where we are took more words than I had planned. (Please note that I […]
This post is for the hybrid writers, the ones who want to be part indie and part traditional.
What will you get if you go with the Big Five? Not money. Your book might become a Netflix series. You might become a household word. And you’ll probably still need your day job.
Here’s something fun. J. Daniel Sawyer produced audio promos for our Storybundle. He contributed a book on how to produce your own audio, so the audio promos are very appropriate. This one features me, but if you go to his website (here), you’ll hear the two he voiced as well. Enjoy!