I hear it’s better for SEO (which I believe stands for “Blah Blah Blah,” or “I don’t Really Care,” I can never remember which) for me to make each blog entry contain only one topic instead of posting a big post covering several subjects. So, tonight, multiple posts. Let’s see if the silliness of this doesn’t cause me to forget several of my topics.
First: The Dragons’ Truth Audiobook.
I’m as satisfied with the recording as I’m going to be without doing a complete re-record from scratch, and after spending the last month recording, editing, and going over and over and over Dragons’ Truth I’ve remembered why it’s my least favorite of my novels, and have no interest in repeating the entire process immediately. Maybe next year, or perhaps later this year, if I write a sequel (or the prequel I recently thought of and which -I believe- would make a much better book, all around), I’ll record both of them at the same time for a re-release and “box set” containing the pair. Bleh, who knows? Anyway, the recording is done, the mixing is done, I’ve got the Podiobook-compatible files ready and broken into eight episodes ranging from about 28min to 46min in length (avg. ~35min, if I recall correctly), I’ve got CD Master disc images of the MP3 CD and the 4-disc Audio CD versions created and ready to burn. I’ve received the packaging for the MP3 CDs, designed it all, inside and out, and even have the first two copies burned, assembled, and shrink-wrapped. (Yay, shrink-wrap! Very nice end-product!) I forgot to take a bunch of photos of it being assembled to post – I’ll remember to photograph everything when I put together the first of the Audio CD packages, and do a couple more MP3 CD packages at the same time. The packaging I chose for the multi-disc Audio CD sets will arrive Monday (UPS-willing), and I’ve begun working on the cover for that as well (which is a headache, btw, and I’m not sure my printer is up to the task. If I forget, remind me to try: Print from two sides, 50% opacity on overlapping center, scream and cry when alignment is inevitably off), so with any luck, those will be good to go on Monday as well. ((ooh, I forgot to buy more labels for those. Sigh. Add that to shopping list.))
Erk. I just spent two hours (since the last paragraph) adding the MP3 Audiobook to modernevil.com (and updating the styling a bit). You can now order the MP3 Audiobook. I will add the link for ordering the audio CD version as soon as I have a copy in hand that I consider salable. I’ve priced both the MP3 CD version and the AudioCD version a little lower than I probably ought to have, but since there’s no sales through standard retail channels (I don’t have & can’t afford mass production, warehousing, distribution, et cetera) for the audiobooks -which is to say that I’m manually making them with my own two hands and then shipping them out- I don’t have to worry too much about making sure I still get a profit after retail takes 50%+ like I do with my paperbacks; I’m the sole retailer.
The Dragons’ Truth Paperback is $12.99.
The Dragons’ Truth Audiobook on 1 MP3 CD is $12.99.
The Dragons’ Truth Audiobook on 4 Audio CDs will probably be $25.99.
If I offered a version that contained the paperback and all 5 discs for $44.99, would anyone buy it?
–Oh, and since I’ve passed 1:30AM now, I’m not going to do the other posts tonight. At least one of them requires more Photoshop work. I’ve made a list of them, and I’ll post more tomorrow. LJ people who notice this post: I’ll cross-post tomorrow, too. Goodnight!