Question Wednesday: Audiobooks

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I’ll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I’ll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here.

Patrixmyth asks:How do you pick your audio production company? Is it strictly a matter of an advance? Have you considered self-publishing the audiobook as well?

Most of the time I don’t pick them. Audio rights are owned by my publishers, so they choose how to harvest them and who takes them. Most sub-rights are that way (foreign, audio, graphic novel, etc). Because they own them, I don’t have any say in what happens to them or where they go. Sometimes I don’t even know they’ve been harvested. The series sold to Italy and I didn’t actually know until I got an email from the publisher in Italy asking if I would do a few interviews with local blogs/papers. Sometimes I also find out about subright sales when I get my royalty statements and I see an advance for the rights on my sheet.

I would think about audio for the self-published stuff, but right now I’m swamped so it’s down my list of priorities. It’s a time versus reward thing honestly. Have to do other things on my list that pay the bills before I put the time into audio. Keep an eye out, though, I’ll certainly let everyone know when I get to that point.

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  • Kris

    You know in the 3rd audiobook, they screw up the name of Dr. Barnes and say Dr. Benson instead!