Evangeline Anderson is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author who has plenty of experience in marketing her romance and erotic novels. After writing erotic fiction for many years, she one day thought – hey, I could get paid for this! She’s been penning and selling books on paranormal and Sci-Fic erotica steadily ever since. We found her through pub-craft, and today she’s going to be giving us the 411 on how her latest novel, Hunted: Brides of the Kindred 2, went through the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) tool – one of the many services that are connected to Amazon – for audio book conversion.
*As Mike pointed out in the comments, ACX is not in Canada yet. I’ve heard they are working on it – but it still hasn’t arrived. However, check out this article no matter where you live. It’s useful to learn how Evangeline considered her work in choosing voice acting, platform etc.
Write Along Radio: Evangeline, you have a huge portfolio of work, and your erotic novels have gotten you onto bestselling lists. Clearly you know a few things about marketing novels. With that in mind, what has made you move into audio books?
Evangeline Anderson: Well, I had read several articles saying that audiobooks were the coming thing and I am always interested in trying new fields for my books. I sent an inquiry to Amazon, where I publish all of my Brides of the Kindred series and they responded by asking if they could put the first book in my series, Claimed, into audio. Since Amazon was picking up the tab, I was more than willing to try this new format. I decided to take a wait and see approach and to my surprise and pleasure, Claimed, which was published at the end of 2014, did quite well. Well enough, in fact, to put Hunted, the second book in the series, into audio. Which I did–it is coming out on May 15th and I’m very excited about it.
Write Along Radio: Why publish through Audible? Can you share with our readers why you like that specific audiobook platform?
Evageline Anderson: Audible does make it very easy. They have guidelines in place and they help and support you every step of the way. Plus, they are the company Amazon is using and since Amazon offered to pay to put the first book in my series into audio, I am sticking with them for subsequent books.
Write Along Radio: Your latest book Hunted: Brides of the Kindred 2 is now on sale as an audio book. I listened to a sample of the reading through your site and was struck by the drama and voice acting in the reading. Can you share a few insights into how you produced that audio book, and especially how you came to decide upon reading – any insights where readers can be hired? I’d love to hear a bit about choosing the right voice for the story, hiring a reader, who edits the audio together, etc.
Evangeline Anderson: When choosing a voice actor for Claimed, I knew I needed someone who was extremely versatile and also familiar and comfortable with the genre I write in. Brides of the Kindred has a new set of romantic leads for each book and all of the characters are somehow connected. I wanted to be able to know exactly which character was speaking even before the actor said their name. I listened to many, many interviews and I was most impressed by Anne Johnston-Brown. She had the depth of range I was looking for and she had also narrated several erotica books. I liked the fact that she was able to read intense, involved love scenes without a problem because I don’t pull any punches with my books. The bedroom door stays open and I wanted the voice actor to be able to convey the passion of those scenes. Anne does that admirably. Listening to her read my love scenes makes me blush and I wrote the darn things! lol
Also to answer your other question, on ACX and Audible, the voice actor is also the producer who puts the whole story together at the end. So you are essentially only working with one person which simplifies things a lot.
Write Along Radio: How have your readers responded to the Audiobook format?
Evangeline Anderson: Some of my readers were already listeners and they have supported putting the series into audio enthusiastically from the start. With others, it can be a bit tricky. Often readers don’t know if they will like audio or not until they try it. I recommend it to anyone who has a long commute, who needs distraction while working out (this is the category I fall into) or anyone who just wants some way to pass the time while doing an unpleasant task. Do I like cleaning my kitchen? No, I do not. But if someone is reading a good book to me at the time, I barely notice I’m working. If I can be swept away to Pemberly with Mr. Darcy, I’ll even scrub the toilets! So audio books can be a valuable addition to anyone’s library.
Write Along Radio: Do you think it’s worthwhile for authors, particularly independent authors starting out with their writing, to invest in the producing audiobooks?
Evangeline Anderson: I think it is the coming thing, as I said before. It’s also quite expensive, however. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you already have a readership–readers who love your books and are willing to try them in a different format. Otherwise, you could be throwing money away. But once you have a few books under your belt and a following of readers who are actively waiting for the next book, then give it a try. It’s a very rewarding experience listening to someone else read and dramatize words you have written. It gives you a whole new perspective on your work.
Write Along Radio: Evangeline, I’ve noticed you have an incredible number of reviews for your erotic novels on Amazon. Can you share with us your strategy for getting readers to review? We’ve struggled with this, any insights?
Evangeline Anderson: I do hear a lot of people saying they need reviews. Honestly, I started out just by giving away copies of my books for free to people willing to review. These days I have a street team–a group of readers who help promote me online and who all automatically get a copy of the book before it comes out for the general public. I often offer little incentives such as the first 10 or 20 people to post their reviews will have their name put into a drawing for a gift certificate. The other thing you can do is to put a request for reviews at the end of your book along with a link to where readers can leave the review. You want the reader to review while the book is still fresh in their mind and if they liked what you wrote, they are much more likely to click that link and leave you some love on Amazon or wherever you are selling your books.
Evangeline Anderson is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Brides of the Kindred and Born to Darkness series. She is thirty-something and lives in Florida with a husband, a son, and two cats. She had been writing erotic fiction for her own gratification for a number of years before it occurred to her to try and get paid for it. To her delight, she found that it was actually possible to get money for having a dirty mind and she has been writing paranormal and Sci-fi erotica steadily ever since.
You can find her online at her website www.evangelineanderson.com
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