For nearly 60% off the regular retail list price you can get The Prisoner of Tardalim, A Prince's Errand, and A Thief's Way, all read by Michael Kramer.
Click the image below to snag this special offer. 3 Audiobooks, 70 Hours, Read by Michael Kramer for only $14.95 plus tax.
With the current waves created by Brandon Sanderson we saw a considerable drop in our audiobook sales on Audible.com and Amazon.com. Many readers/listeners were appalled by his words concerning the current percentages of royalties for audiobooks published by independent publishers and small presses.
Here is what Brandon had to say in his annual newsletter:
"If you want details, the current industry standard for a digital product is to pay the creator 70% on a sale. It’s what Steam pays your average creator for a game sale, it’s what Amazon pays on ebooks, it’s what Apple pays for apps downloaded. (And they’re getting heat for taking as much as they are. Rightly so.)
Audible pays 40%. Almost half. For a frame of reference, most brick-and-mortar stores take around 50% on a retail product. Audible pays indie authors less than a bookstore does, when a bookstore has storefronts, sales staff, and warehousing to deal with.
I knew things were bad, which is why I wanted to explore other options with the Kickstarter. But I didn’t know HOW bad. Indeed, if indie authors don’t agree to be exclusive to Audible, they get dropped from 40% to a measly 25%. Buying an audiobook through Audible instead of from another site literally costs the author money." (taken from State of the Sanderson 2022).These statements led many to boycott Audible, effectively cutting our sales for the last month by 2/3. We can actually see the sales dropping the day of the State of the Sanderson.
Audible has held the lion's share of audiobook sales since its inception and controls about 41% of the current market. Many of us producing independently published audiobooks have taken the exclusive deal with Audible because of this large pool of customers.
For exclusive titles like ours, we received 40% of the retail purchase price (not list price) of our audiobooks. Most of our sales consisted of Audible credits, which are purchased anywhere between $11.99 and $14.99. There were occasional "Whispersync" purchases (a $7.49 deal when you purchase the eBook first), but not that many.
We've been planning to offer our audiobooks via our web-store but hadn't quite implemented the processes needed to make them deliverable. So, after the New Year we went to work getting things in order to provide our audiobooks independent of Audible/Amazon. Luckily, we work directly with Michael and his production team and LOK Publishing, LLC (our publishign company) owns the mastered files of our audiobooks.
Unfortunately, the audiobook retail landscape isn't much better anywhere other than Audible while being exclusive to that platform. We ran many numbers with all the audiobook retailers and audiobook aggregators (think of them like a distributor) and in order to make the same dollar amount that we made with the 40% Audible rate we'd need to increase the retail prices by at least $3 above what many consumes expect; $15.
But for the first 1,000 people who purchase the bundle of The Prisoner of Tardalim, A Prince's Errand, and A Thief's Way you'll get an additional 50% off that web store price, bringing your total for these three audiobooks down to $14.95 plus tax.
Your audiobooks will be delivered by BookFunnel. Shortly after you check out you will receive an email from BookFunnel with instructions to download your audiobook. If you have a current BookFunnel account, the audiobooks should be added to your library upon purchase.
BookFunnel accounts are free and you can install the app on your mobile devices.
We've decided to go this route because we don't know when the current market's landscape will change. We expect our audio retail sales to continue suffering for the next few years, or until other retailers decide to increase their royalty rates to the 70% standard Brandon mentioned.
So in the mean time, in order to best support authors, especially indie-authors, purchase direct.
Click any of the images in this blogpost to snag this limited-quantity deal, and double check that the discount code WIDERELEASE is applied.
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𝙋𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙨𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝘿𝙖𝙣 & 𝙍𝙤𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙩
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Tor’s rebellion against the Mindolarn Empire has delivered a crippling blow—the death of Emperor Mentas. Seeking aid from their allies, the Mindolarn Empire turns to the Principality of Soroth and its society of mages, the Sorothian Magical Order.
In an effort to aid the empire, the Order’s council mounts an expedition to travel to the nethermost reaches of the world, the Abodine Wasteland. There they must venture to a reliquary hidden deep within crystal ruins left over from a fabled war now almost forgotten. Inside the reliquary, legend says, lie ancient tevisrals—magical objects—that the Mindolarn Empire can use against the Tor rebellion.
Among the adventurers heading to the perilous wastes is Amendal Aramien, a conjurer with a quick wit, a keen mind, and a licentious appetite. Forced into this expedition, Amendal begrudgingly enters the depths of the reliquary. What he unearths will forever change his life and set the stage for the return of a Dark God.
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑷𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝑻𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒎 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒒𝒖𝒆𝒍 𝒏𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝑻𝑨𝑳𝑬𝑺 𝑶𝑭 𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑨𝑴𝑼𝑳𝑬𝑻, 𝒂 𝒃𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒆𝒑𝒊𝒄 𝒂𝒔 𝒅𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒔 𝒊𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈.
𝐀 𝐏𝐑𝐈𝐍𝐂𝐄'𝐒 𝐄𝐑𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐃
Long ago, men harnessed the Channels of Power, creating tevisrals-devices capable of manifesting magic. But men weren't the only ones to accomplish such feats. Dragons crafted the most sophisticated tevisrals. These shaped the world, defining civilization of man and elf alike.
Still, daring men scour the world in search of Kalda's past. One such man, the scholar Krindal, seeks an ancient order known as the Keepers of Truth and Might. He yearns for their knowledge, long feared lost.
An aging warrior, Cornar Dol'shir, longs to be home with his wife. But his retirement must wait, as his band of adventurers is recruited to help find the Keepers' hidden temple on the Isle of Klindala.
Haunted by his tragic past, Iltar, the Son of Adrin, does not join in the search for the Keepers. Instead, he seeks to unravel the mysteries held within a volume of prophecy foretelling the advent of the Unspoken One and the return of the Crimson Eye. His search takes him to the Empire of Mindolarn, where all is not as it seems.
Armed with a sardonic wit and a snarky tongue, Tilthan and his notorious thieving troupe embark for the Isle of Korath. Their purpose there is simple: steal the Eye of Rab'di, a gemstone rumored to hold magical properties. But all is not as it seems on Korath.