My nature is not to be a joiner, not keen on group activities, actually abhor enthusiasm. I know that sounds rather down-beat. So what! Yes, I don’t seek out people based on their high-energy quotient. A high-energy, enthusiastic, up-beat person is someone I would try to avoid. Okay, so now you’ve got the picture. (As an aside, I believe I’m a friendly, likable guy—no matter the mental image you just developed.)
Recently had my fist audiobook published on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. This is a little odd in that it’s the second Pacheco & Chino book—the first one was narrated first, but has not been released from ACX (the production arm of Audible) for some reason. The later book, Sky High Stakes, was approved. No issues that I’m aware of, so Dog Gone Lies audiobook should be available soon.
Next step is to market the book and let those eager readers/listeners know that the audiobook they were seeking is available—come and get it! First I talked to some authors I know. The short answer was—there is no way to market an audiobook. Okay, not very helpful. So, next, next step, search the internet. Now we find all sorts of resources on how to market your audiobook. Many of these are YouTube presentations—including many from ACX themselves.
Now in my feeble (pre-author stage) brain I would have said much of the marketing should be done by Amazon or Audible or iTunes since they make money when a book is sold. Sorry, indie author, we are only casually aware that you even exist. We let our computers deal with you; our humans are busy working with real authors planning great promotions.
I’m not even offended. I know it’s a money thing. Can’t make big bucks off of an unknown author—they want a big name author, maybe even a celebrity or a famous jerk or hated politician—just a name they can market.
Now it’s YouTube video time. Why not go right to the source, ACX. They must know all of the answers, after all, it is their business. Just 15 minutes of viewing and I will know all of the secrets to having a successful audio book.
Without any warning, such as a parental advisory, or maybe a boring rating—it just started. Two up-beat, fast-talking, confident to the extreme (read super annoying) people start talking at some speed obviously designed to maximize the words per second objective of all instructive videos. In between their over active presentation they would flash a screen full of bullet points that amounted to nothing other than a blur as they swept across the screen and back to the charming people smiling like they were actually doing something.
I watched and I learned that I should use social media to its full advantage—whatever in the hell that meant? I should mention my audio book often and continue to mention it every time I mention anything until the people I’m mentioning it to start to scream. Okay, I can do that. Might make more sense to indicate I would stop mentioning my audio book if they would buy one. At least it would give them another option rather than avoiding me at all costs.
Have I mentioned that I have a new audio book available………………..
My new blog schedule is no schedule. I expect to have a new post once a month but it may be more depending on what is going on or less depending on what is not going on.