Some exciting news today.
Tantor Media is an audiobook production company. Their library includes many award-winning books and New York Times best sellers, and they work with a pool of over 400 experienced audiobook narrators.
Earlier this fall, Tantor approached me about acquiring the audiobook rights to The Nothing Within. As an inveterate control freak, at first I was hesitant to consider letting someone else produce the audiobook.
But after doing research in author communities among other places, I decided to accept Tantor’s offer. Authors had good things to say about working with Tantor, and since I’m not an audiobook consumer, I’m glad to have an experienced company working through all the production details.
I’m very much looking forward to working with Tantor on the project. This morning we finished signing contracts, and sometime (probably early next year) they expect to start prep for production. Once production is complete, Tantor will distribute it through their network of retailers including Amazon/Audible, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play, among others. They also distribute to libraries across the US.
A special shout-out
An audiobook edition is especially important to me since the novel’s narrator, Root, is congenitally blind.
Many, many thanks to Katherine Corbett and Jim Denham, two blind readers who gave me thoughtful input on the book in general, and on the depiction of Root as a blind character in particular. As a sighted writer, I really needed their feedback. They were kind enough to read the entire manuscript using screen reader software…and compared to an actual narrator, I’m fairly sure it’s much less enjoyable to read a long novel through an automated voice. I’ll be glad when I can make Root’s story available in professional audio form to blind and visually impaired readers.