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To celebrate our "wide release" of our audiobooks (which means we're no longer exclusive to Audible/Amazon) we're offering the first three audiobooks of our fantasy series to the first 1,000 customers at a special discount. 

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.



If you're wondering why we're providing this offer, continue reading.


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.

Honestly, a 40% royalty isn't ideal, but the actual profit dollar amount is actually greater than every other format (print and eBook).  At the 40% royalty rate the amount on a full length audiobook (12 plus hours) is $6.23 vs $3.49 for a $5 eBook.  The 25% Audible rate is more like $4.10 for a full length audiobook.  These numbers reflect purchases with an Audible credit.

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.

That didn't seem fairy to anyone involved.  So, we decided to implement the sales and delivery through our website sooner than we planned.  Normally our website prices would be $12.99 for our large novels and $4.99 for our novella length stories.

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.



"Multi-award winning epic fantasy that turns classic tropes on their heads with modern twists."

Grab the first three audiobooks* in Dan & Robert Zangari's epic fantasy saga for a special discounted** price.

Audiobooks included in this deal:
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘮
𝘈 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦'𝘴 𝘌𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥
𝘈 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘦𝘧'𝘴 𝘞𝘢𝘺



𝙋𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙨𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝘿𝙖𝙣 & 𝙍𝙤𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙩

"Now this is a BIG fat fantasy book!"
--𝘋𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘥 𝘍𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥, 𝘕𝘦𝘸 𝘠𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘉𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘶𝘯𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴

"Great characters, creative world-building, and a surprising plot!"
-- 𝘑𝘊 𝘒𝘢𝘯𝘨, 𝘜𝘚𝘈 𝘛𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘉𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘰𝘯'𝘴 𝘚𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘚𝘢𝘨𝘢

“The scale of world-building is staggering, the magic systems are colossal, and the casts are enormous… Fans of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, and the more classical approach of Tad Williams will likely thrive on this intricate weaving of lives.”
-- 𝘔. 𝘏. 𝘞𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘵, #1 𝘈𝘮𝘢𝘻𝘰𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘧, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘦 𝘋𝘶𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺

"Dan Zangari and Robert Zangari have crafted a superb opening epic to what promises to be a deeply involved and dedicated fantasy series."
--𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴' 𝘍𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦

"A solid story told in the tradition of older fantasy novels."
--28𝘵𝘩 𝘈𝘯𝘯𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘞𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘳'𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘚𝘦𝘭𝘧-𝘗𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘈𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴



𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐏𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐎𝐍𝐄𝐑 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐀𝐑𝐃𝐀𝐋𝐈𝐌

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.

Over the centuries, the people of Kalda have fallen into a dark age, where elves are estranged from men and dragons have retreated into legend. Tevisrals are scarce and men are willing to trade everything for them. But there are some who wish to bury the past, and in their lands, possessing tevisrals is tantamount to treason.

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.

Prince Kaescis Midivar also searches for these Keepers. The assassination of his uncle, the emperor of Mindolarn, killed his hopes of peace with his empire's enemies. His empire's survival hinges upon unearthing the Keepers' secrets.

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.



𝐀 𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐄𝐅'𝐒 𝐖𝐀𝐘

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.

Unexplained murders and mysterious deaths plague the city. Amid their heist, Tilthan and his gang stumble across the truth and are faced with a choice—steal the gem or escape with their lives.

𝘼𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙧 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙬𝙤𝙣 𝙗𝙮 𝙖 𝙨𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙢𝙪𝙡𝙚𝙩. 𝙄𝙩 𝙗𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙚, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙖 𝙙𝙤𝙤𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙘𝙝 𝙣𝙤 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙣.
𝙈𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙧𝙞𝙢𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙀𝙮𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙝𝙞𝙙𝙙𝙚𝙣 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚...

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**Limited to the first 1,000 customers. After discount codes are used the price for this bundle will return to $30.97.

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