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Kourtney, thanks for commenting on Carrie Rubin’s blog post about my novel Entrapped. Win or lose the giveaway, you’re a winner to me 🙂
Aw thanks so much Barbara! It sounds like a terrific read. Even if I don’t win a copy, I’ll still pick one up. 🙂
Hi Kourtney, I just left a comment on my About page. Dummy me, missed your award nomination. Thanks so much.
Call me dummy, LOL 🙂
No worries, Rich. I should have sent an email around. I just mentioned it on the blog. You are very welcome. Looking forward to your post. 🙂 And I’d never call you a dummy, especially since it was me who didn’t properly notify you! 🙂
Please take my comment as “tongue in cheek,” though at times I do feel like a ‘dope,’ 🙂
Of course! But I should have posted a note to your blog to let you know. *Head desk* It slipped my mind. 🙂 And you are the least “dopiest” person I know. 🙂
Kourtney, just have to tell you how much I enjoyed your book “Six Trains”, I found you through my daughter, KlynWurth. Of course our entire family loves Kelly’s book but I sincerely want to thank you for your interest in her work, your Q&A with her was wonderful, waiting for your next novel as well as hers. Beverly
Thanks so much Beverly! K. Lyn is one of the most talented writers I’ve met. I am in awe of her abilities. She’s also incredibly sweet and kind–you must be so proud of her! Her book is a masterpiece. I am so glad we met and became blog buddies. She is a fantastic writer–I am really lucky to share the author journey with her. I can’t stop raving about her book. Thank you so much–I can’t wait to read hers too!
All I can say is “BINGO!” with your new book, Girl Who Ignored Ghosts.
Totally thrilling: book and reception!
Aw thank you! The release week was crazy. People seem to really like this book. That’s incredibly validating. 🙂
Hi, found my way here from Kate’s blog at 4am writer. Look forward to following and reading Girl Who Ignored Ghosts.
Hi Darren! Thanks so much for making your way over. 🙂 Kate’s awesome. Hope you enjoy the book. It’s been years in the making. 🙂
Enjoyed hearing you at MWA panel. Wanted to ask about your audio book.
1) Glad you did it? Have you sold any/many?
2) Were you the narrator?
3) Is it hard to do? Any tips?
I’m a self-published mystery writer, too. I have sold close to 1,500 copies of my first book, mainly where it’s set in Chautauqua, NY. I’ve sold much fewer of my other 2 books. I liked your tip about selling at crafts fairs. I’m going to try it. I sell most after speaking or teaching in Chautauqua — to the women’s club, Jewish center, day camp, etc. Feel free to answer this off your blog — just by email — if you prefer. Thanks,
Hi Deb. Thanks for letting me know!
1) Definitely. I learned so much about the process and also created another format for my book to be available to readers. I have sold some. I also promote the paperback and kindle much more so that’s where my sales tend to be.
2) No. You need a professional recording studio to do a good audiobook and I don’t have access to that without paying for it. I used ACX. I did a casting call for narrators and also listened to samples and asked a few narrators to audition. One of the ones I requested blew me away.
3) It’s a time investment and a trust investment. She did a sample reading so I had an idea of how she would voice the main characters, but I had to trust her to bring all the other ones to life too. I opted to do the royalty split which means the narrator and I split the royalties 50/50 and I do not pay her anything for her work upfront. A good narrator can run you $2000-$3000 easily.
Make sure you set clear deadlines for both of you. Talk about expectations up front. Understand that a narrator has to be given artistic license in voicing the characters and you can’t micromanage them. Unless you are paying oodles of money to them and make it clear up front that you want to micromanage them.
Congrats–those are great sales. It’s really hard to do that. That’s a great marketing technique–doing the speaking gig and then selling the book.
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