Happy New Year!
Here’s where I spent January 1st: at the Coronado Island DOG Beach. You may not expect it, but there are beautiful views, including of Point Loma / Cabrillo Point (pictured at far right) and sunset.
Here’s something fun: it’s been 5 years this month since my first audiobook was published: Write Short Kindle Books by Nathan Meunier. While I can definitely hear how I’ve improved (and I’m sure this took me FOREVER to produce!), I also don’t think it’s completely terrible—the “bones” of what I do now, performance-wise, are there. And 80% of the reviews are 5-stars (4.7 out of 5 on average), so people seem to like it too!
10 in ’20: I was very grateful (especially with everything going on) to look back and see I narrated 10 books last year. This nearly doubled my entire portfolio and was by far and away the most books I have recorded (so far) in one year. With these new releases, I’ve also made it to a second page of books on Audible! Yay! #minigoals
Currently listening: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino, narrated by Jefferson Mays (talk about some unique plot twists!)
I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to and any other comments you have – leave a note below!
And now for a quick look at recent adventures…
NEW RELEASES: There have been 4 new books shipped to Audible in just the last month, including two this week!
- Fiction: ICY CAPE by John V. Griffin (my grandfather)
- Nonfiction: THE KICK-ASS WRITER by Chuck Wendig (produced by Findaway / Orange Sky Audio)
- Fiction: FIRST SPOUSE OF THE UNITED STATES by JR Strayve, Jr.
- Nonfiction: COPS AND WRITERS: Crime Scenes and Investigations, Book 2 by Patrick J. O’Donnell
RECENT NARRATION: I’ve finished BRAXTON’S CENTURY, Volume 1 by J.R. Strayve, Jr. (author of FIRST SPOUSE, mentioned above) and we’re in the final stages of producing the book. Join the protagonist Prince Braxton as he blazes a sizzling trail from the 1860s to the 1960s, the most dynamic 100 years in history, a century of world wars, engineering marvels, romance, death, revolutions, spies, requited and unrequited love.
INDEPENDENT AUDIOBOOK AWARDS: I’m working with the authors to submit HIPPIES by Peter Jedick, ICY CAPE, and FIRST SPOUSE all for consideration. We’ll know by early March if we made it as a finalist in any category. *fingers crossed*
NEXT WORKSHOP: I’ll have a virtual spot at the Southern California Writers Conference (San Diego) in February 2021, sharing how to “Ace Your Next Public or Virtual Reading: Performance Tips for Authors”!
More ahead! Be well and keep in touch!