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.
One of my incredibly lovely readers (why, hello there, Lisa) happened to post up in our Facebook group page that she’d noticed Commune 3 was listed at #3 in the general Sci-Fi best sellers list over at Audible.
I was pretty stoked by this news, to say the least. Hitting #1 in the Post-Apocalyptic sub-category on Audible (and holding that spot for weeks at a time) was something I’m blessed to say my books had already done. Even so, it’s a comparatively small category; only 1,600 or so titles. General Sci-Fi and Fantasy is a larger playground, upwards of 36,000+ titles with some true heavy-hitters dominating the top of the stack. In the past, I think the highest I ever got in that list was something like #15, so a #3 was a hell of a nice surprise.
Then I started goofing around and said, “I wonder if I’m anywhere in the top 100 for all categories combined?”
That’s a huge list. I don’t even know how many titles comprise everything Audible has in their catalogue. It’s a list I’ve never come near and didn’t expect to come near for a long time.
Commune: Book Three was at #71 on the top 100 list for All Categories Combined when I looked at it.
That’s on its second day of availability. For an independent author who has, to date, no marketing savvy (or really budget) to speak of.
To say that this is directly attributable to the power of my readers (not to mention all you Brayniacs out there) is a gross understatement. Thank you all so much for driving these books to this level.
Hey, all. Just a heads-up as you wait (patiently or not) for C3 to drop. Wolves is coming on the 6th (a very good chance that it drops before mine) and you can pre-order it right now. It’ll help you get that Post-Apocalyptic fix if you’re getting twitchy. Pre-order link provided in the clickable image 🙂
Be warned: you don’t dive into these books looking for hard sci-fi or realism. These are some great, old-fashioned mutant monster stories with a fresh twist. Also airships. R.C. Bray is there too…
This morning I approved the finalized chapters for C3 over at ACX. That means the book is now running through Audible’s quality control process, after which it should post to Audible, iTunes, and Amazon. This process usually takes between 10 and 14 days, so it’s looking pretty damned close. I’ll notify you all through every channel I have once it’s available for purchase. The final run time on this one clocks in right around 19 hours.
I want to take a minute to congratulate R. C. Bray for the work he’s done on this entry. The man continues to transform my words into things greater than they were when I first cobbled them together, often times taking the characters in directions I’d not anticipated, though his instincts always end up being correct in the end. Anyone could “narrate” these books but Bob performs them in ways that continue to shock and amaze.
I am, indeed, a lucky man.
I had so much fun hanging out with these guys on Saturday. I think our episode goes live on Thursday. In the meantime, check out this awesome round table discussion!
Hey, all. I have an interview coming up on the 22nd with the good folks at Audiobooks After Dark. It won’t be a live stream or anything; it will be posted sometime after. But if you’re interested (and enjoy seeing me ramble), keep your eyes open and I’ll have a link for you as soon as it’s posted.
Okay, a lot of you have been pinging me for updates on the audio release of C3, so I spoke recently with R.C. to confirm. The man has a stacked schedule, as you’re all, I’m sure, aware. Right now he’s wrapping up books for the Craigs; Mavericks for Alanson and Over the Hill for Dilouie. And as I know that a lot of my readers are just as excited about those other books, I don’t mind saying that waiting just a touch longer won’t kill us.
So, here we go. And C4 chugs along happily in editing – there should be no problem in having it ready to go when Bob is ready for it, so we can expect to see the final book in the series sometime around Christmas.