Weekly Update – November 17, 2020

Once again, the members of the Superhero Fiction authors group are teaming up for a big 99 cent sale. Head on over to the website to browse all the titles that will be available for 99 cents during the sale, which runs through the end of November.

One a more serious note, I’m putting out a call to action to audiobook fans, which relates to some recent issues with ACX, Amazon’s audiobook production platform. This will get a little dense, so bear with me.
Because creators have been stuck at home for so long, there’s been a surge in audiobook submissions to ACX, which has resulted in a major slowdown on their end when it comes to conducting their audio quality reviews. Reviews used to take 10 business days, give or take, but now they’re taking 30 business days or more — a LOT more. My last audiobook submission took over two months to review, which resulted in lost revenue for both myself and my narrator.
To atone for this, Audible is giving creators a slight increase in their royalty payments. Anytime you redeem a credit on Audible throughout the month of December, creators will get a 5 percent bonus — which isn’t much in and of itself, but it can add up.
So, call to action #1 is this: if you use Audible, use December to catch up on audiobooks by your favorite indie authors and give them a little financial boost.
The other item is a little more involved.
Audible allows listeners to return credits on audiobooks, even if they’ve listened to an entire audiobook, and use them on something else — which is great for customers, but there’s a negative impact on creators you may be unaware of: when a credit is returned, the royalty payment on that audiobook is revoked.
Yes, we actually lose money if an Audible customer returns a credit on an audiobook they listened to in its entirety, even if we’ve already collected that payment. It’s taken out of the next month’s royalty payment.
A lot of indie authors were unaware of this until recently, and have lobbied Audible to change the practice so we aren’t penalized. A recent ACX newsletter said the company was “looking at” the issue, but we’d love it if you supported us.
All you have to do is tag ACX and Audible on social media and ask them to end their practice of taking away authors’ royalty payments when customers return their credits.
Thanks, everyone!

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Secret Origins: Audiobook on hold until 2021.

Action Figures – Issue Ten: Unintended Consequences: Second draft is finished. Tentatively set for a winter/spring 2021 release.

Action Figures – Issue Eleven: Draft one underway. Scheduled for a winter/spring 2022 release.

The Action Figures Omnibus – Volume One – Stepping Up: The omnibus is fully edited and formatted, and is now awaiting cover art.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Audiobook recording is underway. Tentatively set for a fall/winter 2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Elfish Motives: Second draft of book five undergoing beta-reading.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • Nothing scheduled

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

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