What the heck happened to June?
Is 2014 halfway over? Shesh! Where’d the time go?
Lee Ann’s Response: Lots of giveaways, Julie! One of the best ways to find out where the giveaways/drawings are is to check Twitter for hashtag #audiomonth. A giveaway that is going on all summer long is the annual SYNC Young Adult Literature into Your
Headphones. The giveaway began the week of May 15th and continues through August 13th. Each week two free downloads are offered. One is a contemporary book and the other is a classic. Check it out here. You can sign up on the site to be notified by email when the latest books are released.
Response from Julie: Yes, that’s right, Lee Ann! I learned about that giveaway when I was in New York at BookExpo. It’s a huge giveaway stirring up all kinds of “buzz!” I’m still imaging great “pairings” and really enjoy thinking about this type of event. So glad you mentioned it here for my readers.
Question #2 from Julie: I had so much fun chatting with you about your audiobooks back in February. What’s going on at Audible and ACX these days? Have they made any major changes in their platform? How about Iambik and Librivox? Any industry news to report?
Lee Ann’s Response: ACX has lowered the percentage that narrators and rights holders (authors) split for royalty share projects. It was previously 25% each after ACX took their 50% cut. Now ACX has increased their share to 60% which leaves narrators and rights holders with 20% each. Because of this, there is more competition for books that pay up front (per finished hour) and books that offer stipends ($100 per finished hour plus royalty shares).
Iambik is working almost exclusively with textbooks now. LibriVox is still rolling along as a great site for free audiobooks that are in the Public Domain. (Books published before 1923 in the U.S.) There are some smaller publishers that also publish classics on Audible. One of these is Audio Books by Mike Vendetti. I’ve recorded several short stories and a couple of books through him that are on sale at Audible.
Response from Julie: Such great information, Lee Ann. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on the audiobooks community.
Question #3 from Julie: So what’s up with you? How are you celebrating Audiobooks Month? Any snazzy giveaways you want to share with my book blog readers?
Lee Ann’s Response: I’m currently holding a giveaway/drawing for the winner’s choice of one of my recorded books on Audible. They can be found here. The drawing will be held on June 30th and two winners will be selected at random. To enter, just head to my blog here. If anyone has a problem leaving a comment on my blog, just message me via my website here and I’ll make sure your name is in the pot. I’ve also advertised the drawing on Goodreads so that’s another place people can enter — here.
So, you can see that there’s still lots going on — not just in June but all summer long!
Thanks for the visit, Lee Ann, and thanks for the great information about the many happenings during Audiobooks Month.
Folks, June ain’t over yet! There’s more great information for you on Lee Ann’s blog. Click here and through the magic of social media you’ll be zoomed away!
Happy Audiobooks Month Everyone!