So I got an e-mail from Bob this morning covering the release dates of my most recent novels, Commune 4 and All Gifts, Bestowed. The news is not what anyone wants to hear, I’m sure, but there are some very good reasons for why it has played out as it has. I’ll explain the situation here.
At play are several key factors:
- R.C. Bray is ridiculously popular.
- For whatever reason, my books have been well received.
- Seriously, R.C. Bray is ridiculously fucking popular.
The last year has been a pretty crazy one, both for Bob and myself. We’ve seen these Blue Heron titles (and the Commune Series right along with them) grow in popularity within the audiobook market space; really to degrees that are unprecedented. From the perspective of the average reader, I’m sure it all just looks like another book on Audible and it makes sense that Blue Heron’s titles should be slugging toe-to-toe with some of these other major properties that have the benefit of massive publishing houses behind their marketing.
But I assure you, this is not normal. Bob’s recent successes in the last year have brought him some unexpected clout under the Blue Heron banner such that he now has access to certain coveted features that we just didn’t have in the past; features like pre-order links and concrete release dates. This is all rather new and has been a learning experience for all of us.
Part of that learning experience includes figuring out how Audible coordinates these activities with the publishers they partner with, and this leads me to my next point. The date given thus far has been a hard release date of March 19th for Commune 4, which I think we all would have loved to see. But due to the low-level minutiae of the platform at large, this is simply not to be. It really comes down to coordination issues, a few assumptions, and a general unfamiliarity with these new opportunities to which we now have access.
What does that mean for you, the reader? Well, it means that you should see a pre-order link for Commune 4 on April 5th and the audiobook will go live for sale on May 10th. All Gifts, Bestowed will have a pre-order available on April 26th and go live on June 7th.
My sincere apologies for the mix-up. We’ll get this all sorted out as quickly as possible and have the process well ironed out in the future.