After three months of work, the audio book version of “The Big Bend” is now up for sale on Audible.com (www.audible.com). It is over eleven hours of listening and priced at $24.95 ($17.46 for members). The link to the book page at Audible is:
Just below the CD cover art you will find a link to a 2-minute audio sample.
The audio version will also become available on both Amazon.com and iTunes.com by mid-week next.
I cannot adequately describe my feelings at this point; pleasure, yes, a sense of accomplishment, certainly, excitement – well, of course I am excited. This opens a completely new market for my work; new ‘listeners’ and a new revenue stream. Well, I hope it becomes a new revenue stream, anyway.
We – myself and the narrator, Neill D. Hicks, are hard at work on producing “Hog Valley” as an audio book. The first chapter is complete, and chapters 2 and 3 are being edited and prepped for delivery as we speak (sic). “Twisted Key” and “Lonesome Cove” will also be converted to audio format in their turn over the next year.
In the meantime – in whatever spare time I have – I am working on chapter 3 of “Standing Wave”, the fifth novel in the Terry Rankin series. I had hoped to have it published for the Kindle in time for the Christmas selling season, but that goal has slipped to some time in February, due to the work on converting the existing novels to audio format. I am not complaining, mind; a boy has to have some priorities, and as I grow older (if not more mature) I begin to learn – or at least acquire through harsh experience – that I do have some limits on what I can accomplish in any given time period.
Along with the writing, I also have four horses, a dozen or so (it’s hard to keep up) Tennessee Fainting goats, two large and loveable Great Pyrenees dogs and a barn cat to feed, and a large piece of property that needs mowing, fence repair and tree trimming. Do understand that I do not own this place; I live here, and I care for and about the property and all who live on it. What I do, I do for the sheer, unalloyed pleasure of the doing.
I have very little complain about in my life, and a great deal of thanks to my G-d and my friends and my readers (many of whom have become my friends over the years) for what I have, and that is as it should be. I would be nowhere in my life without each and every one of them.