Pray for me—or wish me luck if you prefer. I’m a confirmed comfort zone-dweller, but I’m being forced out of that zone. I know—I should embrace moving out of my comfort zone, but I’m a crotchety old man.
With my latest release, I have nine books on the market—seven historical novellas and two Christian nonfictions. The first ones have been on the market for over two years, but I have yet to receive royalty amounts of even three digits unless you count the cents.
Two members of my writers group—Charity Kountz and Robert Starrett—are determined to change that fact. They want to take me by the hand and lead me into promoting my books effectively. Of course, I should be doing that. They are right that whatever I’ve been doing (next to nothing) is not working. I should welcome their assistance and not-so-gentle pushing, but it’s kinda scary.
Robert is a truck driver, and he listens to audiobooks all the time as he drives. He keeps telling me I need to put my books out in this format. He says long-distance drivers and commuters alike use audiobooks to pass the time as they drive or ride commuter trains. He’s convinced I’m missing a major market by not making my books available this way.
He and Charity have both started talking to me about doing podcasts as a way of promoting the books. Now that may sound reasonable and natural to you, but you have to remember that Henry Ford was still working on the Model T when I was born. Well, almost.
I don’t even know what a podcast is, much less how to do one. They both explained it to me, but their explanations were in Greek. I went online and asked Mr. Google what they were, and his explanation was in Chinese.
Now, I do know what an audiobook is. I’ve never listened to one, but they’re not a total mystery to me. How to make one is, however. I’m sure there is downloadable software to use to make an audiobook, and there’s undoubtedly a company or two that will distribute them, sorta like CreateSpace does for paperbacks. But I still feel totally lost thinking about getting into this.
Of course, I felt somewhat that way two and a half years ago when I decided to e-publish Heaven Sent and then again when I decided to do a paperback version through CreateSpace. But this feels different and scarier.
Since Charity and Robert are behind this push, I’m going to make them wish they had never brought it up. I’m going to bug Charity—maybe even camp on her doorstep—until she sees me through both projects. Fortunately, she’s always been more than willing to help with things that challenge my 17th century brain.
All of which takes us back to my opening plea: pray for me—or wish me luck.
What do you know about podcasts and audiobooks? How have you used these two tools?
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