The topic is the audio revolution. If you are an active writer, publisher, or agent— get ready for explosive candor on my part.
I'm speaking and doing a hands-on author workshop at the Portland Wordstock Fest, next weekend.
—Get your tickets now; I can't stand to see you crying later!
Here's the background:
I've been nominated for an Audie, in a very elite field (OK, I lost out to the Tao of Pooh). I've seen a fighting dozen of my titles in the Kindle Top 100. One of them, as of yesterday, is headed for the top 10.
On Oct 5 & 6, in my favorite book city, I'm going to tell you how I did it— and how any sensitive author can make a superb sound recording while laughing giddily to the bank.
Those of you who know me, realize I'm going to be frank. I may be Editor-at-Large at Audible today, but you will find I am as bracing about publishing dope as I've always been about sex.
I wouldn't say "anyone" can sell or record their own audiobook. NO! But if you have writing talent, if you ever loved being read out-loud to, if carpe diem means something to your ego—yes, you are the prime candidate. Handily. Our technology has revolutionized author's access and approach to audio.
If you don't believe me... I'm perversely grateful. The bandwagon gets crowded. The clock is always ticking on a gold rush.
The writers with the chops and the moxie to seize the time— you're the ones I want to chat with, in a quiet room. I will not put a bird on it.
My job, at Audible, is to find "the next ones." Writers who were once vastly unappreciated— who broke through, big time.
I was once a kid who loved being read to at bedtime. But as an adult, I was afraid to listen to my own voice on a mic. The first audio contracts I signed in the 80s, I didn't understand at all.
I've come a long way.
Audible's editors and inventors have been my mentors, and I want to connect with my favorite writers to pay it forward. A memorable audiobook is an art— and a legacy.
Wanna make that leap? Meet me in Portland next week.
I'm doing two Wordstock Fest events:
Susie Bright, Audible Inc.'s Editor-at-Large teaches you the nuts & bolts (and creative thrills) of the digital audio revolution—from the author's point of view. Will you get rich and celebrated off audiobooks? The answer is in the details.
If you're an author who's published once in audio and was disappointed--- yes, let's talk about how to turn that around. My first audio was a disaster... now I'm proud. It can be done.
If you're an author in a field or genre where you never see your POV in audiobooks-- this is actually your golden age. New territory; let's talk.
If you've already published audiobooks with me, and want to make sure I get it right!-- by all means, come and keep me honest. I'd love to have you speaking too.