The To Do List is both the bane of my existence and the necessity that keeps us all sane. Instead of making multiple posts, we’re going to tackle a bunch of admin in this one so you don’t get multiple emails.
Print Edition of Magic Tides
Just approved this cover minutes ago.
We didn’t forget the print edition, no worries. It’s a process. As soon as everything goes into the system, we will get you the ISBN you can forward to your library or your choice of indie bookstore.
Print Edition of Sweep of the Heart
Why is it so expensive? It’s expensive because it’s a BFB. Big F*cking Brick. That’s a highly technical publishing term for a book way over the typical word count limit. It’s Bayou Moon-sized. The more pages the printer prints, the higher is the initial cost and we cannot sell it at a loss.
This is, in general, is an issue for POD. The prices are high. We are still looking for a print-only partner, and if we find one, that will mean lower prices.
Audible Edition of Sweep of the Heart
Like many of you, when I saw $42 price tag on Audible, I did a double take. After all, it’s only $12.99 on Apple Books. When I signed into my Amazon account, the price dropped to $34.29, which is still steep. Ranging prices across different platforms for audio are nothing new. Ruby Fever Audio, which is produced by a traditional publisher, retails for $25.90 on Audible and is only $7.99 at Apple Books.
The price discrepancy happens because of the different agreements audio distributors have with audio retailers. Audible heavily relies on audio credits. In fact, only 6% of you buy our work on Audible a la carte, meaning with actual cash rather than credits.
Ruby Fever is 12 hours and 26 minutes long. Sweep of the Heart is 16 hours and 25 minutes long. It costs more because it’s longer. We are checking with distributor to see if there is anything we can do to drop the price down, but my understanding is that there probably isn’t. The audio prices are going up across the board, like everything else. These things are not necessarily decided on individual level for us, meaning that a retailer and a distributor agree that a book of certain length must cost at least this much.
We are trying to roll with these punches and be responsive to the marketplace. We found a distributor who offers audiobooks across a wider variety of retailers, so you have more choices and are not just limited to Audible.
(And now you know what I mean by a lot of admin tasks. You see these writers in films, and I actually met a few in real life, who “just write” and let their publishers, etc., sort all of this out. We are over here looking at market penetration for different distribution channels and trying to figure out what will happen in the next 12 months. Some days I feel like I need some continuing education in some sort of business area.)
If you are an Audible user, I would wait for credits. The book isn’t going anywhere.
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Where is Tuna?
Why no Tuna? Where is Tuna? What have you done with Tuna?
Tuna has no time for picture time. Naps are more important.