I believe I mentioned this before, but I have up to date news on my two book deal with Blackstone Audio. The first two books in my Kendrick Chronicles series are coming out on CD, MP3 discs and downloadable format this year.
Blackstone has just announced August as the release date of Bone Machines http://www.blackstoneaudio.com/audiobook.cfm?id=6913, with Kali’s Kiss likely to follow in September.
Bone Machines started life as a badly-produced small press publication. The company went bust, so I took the book back, self published on lulu.com and smashwords.com and recorded it myself as a free podiobook on Podiobooks. The podcasting helped me do some additional editing to tighten the book up.
A company called Just Imagine It Ink (ebook publisher) heard the podcast and recommended it to Blackstone. Blackstone asked to read the unpublished Kali’s Kiss, as they didn’t feel able to do another audio of a podcast already out there. However, seven months later they sent me a contract and an advance for both books. I had to take the free podcast offline, of course, but Bone Machines the ebook is still free at this point.
I don’t know if any others here podcast, but given my experience, it’s worth seriously thinking about. And, if you don’t have the kit, or feel you don’t have the voice to do your own recording, maybe you can persuade a friend to do it for you.
Oh, and I wrote Kali’s Kiss entirely on Scrivener - that must be why Blackstone liked it so much.