Hmm… so what I really need to find is a Smashwords for audiobooks…
I was thinking I could read it, myself, Scott Sigler style.
He is the guy who gave his books away as podcasts and ended up getting picked up by Orion after he had 50,000 downloads. Something like 60% of the people who downloaded his book for free went on to buy a paper copy. He did put in a long day around the internet taking part in forums, writers’ groups and the like ‘soft’ selling his books.
For the moment, I think I will stick to the e-shorts for this. I’m starting on another one so I would be reading the first… so long as the police cars who drag race up my street, my son and my husband could keep quiet for long enough to allow me to do so… yeh… it’s going to take a long time.
I do have a good programme for doing the recordings… It’s made by a company called CFB Software and you can find them here.
LP Recorder – really a specialist thing for recording records onto your computer so you can make them into MP3s. HOwever, it works very well when you change the input channel to mic as opposed to line in. If you combine it with LP Ripper which helps you split the recordings up into tracks, you get something pretty powerful. It’s a reasonable price, too. They quote $70 for the two programmes together or $40 for LP Recorder on its own.
So, same deal as my current e-publishing venture, give away my short stories for free and try to build up a following.
About 250 people have downloaded my first short story from Freado, Scribd and Smashwords although it’s probably all my mates and acquaintances… not sure… Clearly the next step is to read this and put the recording on a new podcast page, here, with a link from the entries on scribd, freado and smashwords.
I’m crap at short stories so it isn’t easy and it isn’t necessarily going to help sell my book, which is rather better, I hope. Even so… it will be interesting to see what happens.
As always, I’ll keep you posted.