Audio Book and Indie Author Day

Busted as an Audio Book

I’m excited to announce the audio version of Busted is now available on Amazon, ACX, and Apple iTunes. Rich Miller is the narrator, and I think he did an excellent job interpreting the characters’ voices.

Creating an audio book was another new experience. What I learned is that writing for an audio book is different than writing for a hard copy or e-Version. When a reader sees words that are italicized, they intuitively understand those are the character’s inner thoughts. However in the audio version, if the internal thinking appears in the middle of dialogue, a “he/she thought” needs to be added for clarification.

I’ve also noticed in several novels, the author will begin a sentence with: Gina said, followed by dialogue; as opposed to leading with dialogue followed by Gina said. I often wondered why authors used that format. Now I understand it is for clarification for the audio version. I edited portions of the manuscript so the listener would not be confused, and submitted the changes to the publisher, enabling the printed version to be in sync with the audio version. (The story hasn’t changed.)

You can use the following link to hear a sample or purchase the audio version: If you’ve never purchased an audio book and would like to try it, you can get your first audio book for free.

Indie Author Day

On October 14, 2017, I participated in the Anaheim Library’s Indie Author Day Event. Each author shares a table with another author. (When this picture was taken, the author who was next to me had already left.)


The event included a one-hour panel discussion followed by two hours where thirty authors could sell and autograph our books. This was the 2nd Annual Indie Author Day Event, and approximately seventy-five people attended. Below is the poster advertising the featured books.

Some of the attendees included my writer-friends: Herb Williams-Dalgart, Louella (Lou) Nelson (my writing professor), Kim Baccellia; standing is my friend Judy Whitmore, and myself.

Herb’s book, The French Girl’s War was a quarter-finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award. Lou has written numerous Harlequin romance bestsellers, is an award-winning teacher with her Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Novel Class that was offered through the extension program at University of California at Irvine, and teaches at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. Kim’s genre is YA, and has four popular books. Judy’s first romance novel, Come Fly with Me, sold over 17,000 copies in one weekend on Amazon; she also published a cookbook of her grandmother’s favorite recipes, and with her husband, Wes, recreated Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in today’s language.

The Outcome?

During the event, Herb sold three books, and the rest of us (in the picture) sold one. One hour into the program, I said to my friend Judy, “I don’t think this is my target audience.” She replied, “You mean, people who buy books?” Cracked me up. She had a point: people borrow books from libraries, not buy them. Nevertheless, I’m glad I participated. It was fun reconnecting with my professor and writer-friends, as well as meeting other authors.

I love receiving your comments/thoughts/experiences.

Warmest Regards,                                                                                                                                           Michele                                                                                                                                                               Author, Busted                                                                                                                                                                                

8 thoughts on “Audio Book and Indie Author Day”

  1. Millie PaulMillie Paul

    Congrats on your audio book, Michele! Audio books are definitely the way to go; I listen to them constantly in the car and at home. From the looks of the loaded shelves at our library, there must be thousands of audio books, so you have created another potentially big market for your novel.

  2. John MorleyJohn Morley

    Glad to know you continue marketing, sorry the book event moved only one book. Marketing is certainly the hard part, or at least a less enjoyable aspect for anyone who actually enjoys the hours alone it takes to write a book.
    I hope your perseverance yields more satisfying results soon.

  3. Margaret K. HamadMargaret K. Hamad

    Congratulations on your audio book, Michele!
    I liked reading your blog. It was so interesting to learn about the differences in writing for an audiobook.

    Best of luck. xo

  4. Tina Hogan GrantTina Hogan Grant

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time catching up with good company, spite only selling one book. Congratulations on completing the process of formatting “Busted” for audio editions. Sounds like it wasn’t easy. Well Done!

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