Arachnomancer 1 Audio
After two long years, Arachnomancer is finally getting an audiobook!
There are many reasons why it has taken this long, but it comes down to two.
The first reason is that I wanted to narrate the books myself. Unfortunately, I was never able to find the time to get into the booth and give it a go. There’s a huge learning curve, which takes time. And I seem to be perpetually behind.
I still want to narrate my books! But sometimes, you have to accept help from others to take some of the work away so you can focus and not burn out.
The second reason is Audible. Given AudibleGate, their incredibly low royalty rates (25-40%, the latter requiring exclusivity), and their refusal to be transparent with authors and narrators, I wasn’t motivated to take all of the financial risks while they pocketed most of the money.
As a listener of audiobooks, I’ve always loved Audible. But once I became an author, I saw how poorly they treated creatives.
I’m finally in a position where I can afford to hire narrators and not be exclusive to Audible/ACX/Amazon. I’ll be working with Dreamscape Media to distribute my audiobooks to all available stores and libraries. And—most importantly—I’ll be selling my audiobooks direct to offer the best user experience and price.
Joel Simler is narrating the Arachnomancer books! After listening to well over a hundred narrators, I feel Joel is the best voice and talent to bring these books to life. You won’t be disappointed. :)
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1/29/2023: Joel and I are hashing out a new contract to work direct instead of using a service like ACX or Findaway Voices. This is needed since these books won’t be distributed by ACX but Dreamscape Media, to be available in all audiobook stores and libraries.