Wednesday, August 29

For the Love of Audiobooks @JanaRichards_

Two more of my books have been made into audiobooks and I’m thrilled with the results.

The Girl Most Likely on Audible.com

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Cara McLeod, the girl most likely to have the perfect marriage, is now divorced and, in her own words, “fat, frumpy, and over forty.” The thought of facing former classmates—and the ex-husband who dumped her—at her high school reunion terrifies her. Cajoled into attending by her kids and her best friend, Cara enlists help at the gym to lose weight and look great for the reunion. Personal Trainer Finn Cooper is more than willing to help—but does he have to be so to-die-for gorgeous?

Finn thinks Cara is perfect just the way she is. She’s everything he wants in a woman, except for one thing—she can’t get past the fact that he's eight years younger. To Finn, age and weight are just numbers. But can he convince Cara the numbers she worries about add up to only one thing for him—love?

Home Fires on Audible.com

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Anne Wakefield travels halfway around the world for love. But when she arrives in Canada from England at the end of World War Two, she discovers the handsome Canadian pilot she’d fallen in love with has married someone else. Heartbroken, she prepares to return to London, though she has nothing left there to return to. Her former fiancé’s mother makes a suggestion: marriage to her other son. 

Badly wounded and scarred during the war, Erik Gustafson thinks he’s a poor substitute for his brother. Although he loves Anne almost from the first time he sees her, he cannot believe she would ever be able to love him as he is – especially as he might be after another operation on his bad leg.  Anne sees the beauty of his heart. The cold prairie winter may test her courage, but can she prove to Erik that her love for him is real?

So, like I said, I’m thrilled with the results. What I’m not so thrilled with is trying to get reviews for my lovely new audiobooks. For my first three audiobooks, ACX/Amazon gave authors codes (25 for Audible.com and 25 for Audible UK) which allowed reviewers to download an audiobook for free. I could give these codes to readers/reviewers in exchange for an honest review. I was fairly successful in getting some reviews, especially for CHILL OUT. But Audible/Amazon no longer gives out free codes for reviewers. And I feel really stuck.

There are some websites and Facebook groups that specialize in audiobooks I can turn to, and I have. But even with a group full of audiobook lovers, it will be difficult to find someone willing to fork over the price of an audiobook to write a review.

With an ebook, I can give away copies for review, I can gift a copy, or a reviewer can inexpensively purchase a copy themselves. But audiobooks are much more expensive so it's not like I can give them away.

So anyway, excuse the rant. I'll have to come up with creative ways to get the word out about my audiobooks. Got any ideas for me? And if anyone would like to review either of my new audiobooks, bless you!

2 comments:

  1. That does kind of suck, doesn't it? It seems as if Audible/Amazon is being as UNhelpful as possible. Good luck with the releases.

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  2. Yes, ever so unhelpful. I can gift an ebook to you but I can't gift an audiobook. The best I can do is gift an Audible membership for 3, 6 or 12 months. It's a little more expensive than an ebook! And there's no guarantee if I give you this membership that you'll download MY audiobook. Nothing says they have to.

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