Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What's The Potential For Sci-Fi Romance Audio Books?

Veronica Scott’s science fiction romance novel WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM (think: the Titanic—in space!) is now available in audio format at Amazon. When I learned about the news I thought, how cool because since the author released the book herself she didn’t *have* to go to the trouble of releasing it in audio. Naturally, it’s a smart strategy to make a science fiction romance as available to as many readers as possible. But I still appreciate the extra effort.

The news also prompted me to reflect about audio SFR in general. I knew Diane Dooley’s BLUE GALAXY is in audio and the same is true for Pauline Baird Jones’ THE KEY (and other of her books). I began to wonder if I’ve been underreporting audio release news for sci-fi romance titles. Is that something you'd like to learn about more often? Plus, a few questions came to mind:

* How can readers search for audio science fiction romance titles?

* Where are they sold?

* Where can authors promote their audio SFR books?

* How do publishers decide which SFR titles to sell in audio format (or are most of them available that way?)

* Is the transformation to audio a complicated process? How much does it cost? What are the pros and cons for indie authors?

*Is audio an area of growth/potential growth for SFR? 

If anyone can weigh in on the answers, I would love to learn more.

In the meantime, at her blog, Veronica Scott interviews Michael Riffle, the narrator of her audio book. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a copy of the audio book (download). Happy listening!

Joyfully yours,