Bloodlines has been in audio since 2013 but I never talk about it or advertise it for various reasons you can probably put together if following me on social media these past years. I have (somewhat quietly) been privately battling to get the terms of the contract followed for eight months now, since said contract expired. This was chronicled as a monthly writing post for my Patrons of Snark, as it does speak to knowing your rights and being tenacious about it when the other party doesn’t follow a contract.
Last month when the rights holder continued to ignore all messages from myself and ACX, ACX offered to transfer the title to my account rather than retire it entirely so I could at least earn royalties on it.
What a novel concept–earning royalties on a book I haven’t seen a report for in like two years!
There are a few hiccups–I had to have it resubmitted to iTunes and re-linked to the ebook page on Amazon–and there are various things that can’t be fixed–like the narrator misprouncing Zara’s name and the former publisher’s name on things–but at least I could correct the audio cover. Plus, of course, now I will actually make money on copies sold.
New to Audible? Head here and get started! You’ll also find it on Amazon and eventually it’ll be back at iTunes.
Will there be more audiobooks? It’s unlikely, unfortunately–I had been trying to pursue it a while ago but I grew more and more uncomfortable with the confinement of a royalty-share agreement, and I haven’t thousands of dollars to produce a book myself. I know a lot of folks prefer audio and I wish I could accommodate that, but I’m already in the red with my books given the time it takes to write them and I don’t have that kind of cash.
But hey, there’s this one!
If anyone following this also has their work still available by this company no longer in business and cannot get a response, please feel free to privately write to me and I can tell you what I did (understanding that I cannot provide legal advice).