Today, we have a guest post from author Mike Hartner. Welcome, Mike!…
So, you’re e-book is out, and you’ve put your paperback up for sale… Congrats! You’re published. Whether self or otherwise, your work is now out in the world waiting for others to read it, and review it. It’s now in the realm of eighty percent of the book readers.
Wait. Eighty Percent? What happened to the other twenty?
The 20 Percent:
This is the twenty percent that can’t read. No, they’re not illiterate. They’re actually very intelligent, highly educated in a lot of cases. No, they’re people who have trouble with the sense of sight. Some are blind, others partially. Some from glaucoma. Some from detached retinas. And for many, this change came in the latter years of their life.
And now, they wait patiently. They wait for someone to read audio to them. Or record a novel in audio format. Any audio format. Any novel.
And they wait.
How Do You Reach Them?
So, here is the easiest way you can help this twenty percent to enjoy your book: Record it. Go to ACX.com. It is THE Audiobook Creation eXchange. Want to read your own book? Great, record it and send it to them. They’ll help with the formatting, and they’ll help open it to audible.com and iTunes.com, as well as tracking most of sales.
Prefer to have someone else read it? Great. That option is open, too. And if you are on a shoestring budget, and prefer not to pay for the whole thing at once, then there’s a possibility of a revenue sharing with the producer.
Hey! It’s an option. And a pretty good one. You get to specify the dialects and accents of the people reading your story, and you get to review that selection by listening to these people audition for your book.
Go for it. Capture that extra twenty percent of the market.
Mike Hartner is a husband, father, son, author, geek (retired), and patriot. His love of all things genealogical led him to writing, and writing has now led him to fiction and a large epic saga. He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife and son. With a background of mathematics and science, Mike is the Accidental Author.
Buy his book: I, Walter