Let's talk about Audiobooks

Hey readers, followers and friends.

As we head into the new year I am very excited at what is to come in 2024. I've already detailed my publishing schedule in a previous post.

As such I've been been hard at work on the background (never ending improvements) to get my audiobooks into your hands. I wanted to give you some insight into the industry and my plan on handling audiobooks.

I have a real soft spot for Audiobooks as it is the primary way I consume novels. So naturally after I managed to get a Ebook and Paperback version of my novels I wanted to expand into that market.

I soon realised that most things in publishing, it isn't as easy as it seems. And it is very expensive. I bring this up as an indie author, everything costs money. Software, editing, distribution etc...

To give you an example, to get my audiobook narrated would cost around 2.5k USD. That is quite a pretty penny for someone still finding their feet in the author world.

I can't wait for the day until I can do that without even flinching, however we aren't there yet. So naturally I started looking at other avenues. I came across AI narrated books. It was a fairly inexpensive way to get my book out to those of you who consume books via audio.

I started the process and came across the second issue. Distribution... Listening to an Audio file across devices and platforms is actually quite complicated. So I released it on a 3rd party website and I was not happy with the client experience from those who purchased it.

New Audiobook Experience (Free with Spotify Premium)

SO long story short I have some awesome news!

I have partnered with Findaway Voices to get my audiobooks distributed to all major platforms bar Audible... That is a post on its own. Here is a list of all of the places you can now list to my first novel When They Whisper.

Findaway was purchased by Spotify last year I believe and so part of the Spotify Premium deal now includes Audiobooks! That's right you can listen to my novel there u have Spotify Premium, it is already included.

Key ones being, Spotify, Apple Books and Google Play (not shown above)

That way you can enjoy my novels on some of the most popular platforms. Findaway has made it easy for us authors to get our audiobooks in your hands as quickly as possible. Grab it from your favourite store below.

All in one place

To ensure all my novels and where they are available are easily accessible I have started using an app called 1Link. You can find all of my works (updated as they release) by clicking below or at the top of the website under 'My Books'

Screen Grab of what it should look like now :

Looking Ahead - Doom Squad

It's already almost the end of January... so that means that the next Novella is around the corner. With that I am very excited to showcase 'Doom Squad' to you my wonderful newsletter readers.

Here is a blurb for the science fiction novel:

In a distant corner of the galaxy, an elite Imperial unit known as the Untouchables carries out covert missions on fringe worlds. Led by the grizzled veteran Skip, the squad has to carry out missions most soldiers don't have the stomach for.
When a troop transport goes missing on the desolate swamp planet Palus, Skip and his team are dispatched to retrieve the valuable probe data it was carrying. But upon arrival, they discover the planet is infested with a terrifying alien species. Surrounded and outnumbered, they must band together and fight their way through hordes of mutated creatures to complete their mission and escape the nightmare planet.
Skip and his squad brave harrowing encounters and impossible odds, their mettle is tested to the absolute limit, pushing them to the brink of death—and beyond.

Thanks

Just wanted to once again say that your support and kind messages mean everything. Very excited to head into 2024 and beyond. Thanks for being part of the journey.

M.B. Kruger

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