In our upcoming newsletter (I’ll post it tomorrow) we talk about the possibilities for genre fiction authors at Kindle Scout. One of the pluses of a contract with Kindle Scout is getting your book into audio. John Scalzi talks about his experience with Audible below.
What does this tell us (anecdotally) about audio? One, that genre work can sell very well indeed in the segment, which should be immensely heartening to authors in genre; two, that audio as a segment is growing and it makes sense to get into it if you can; three, that audio has its own audience, with its own sets of desires and expectations, and that’s something you’ll want to factor in as you create you work. At this point I absolutely give consideration to how my worksounds as well as reads — I’m starting to use substantially fewer dialogue tags (“he said,” “she said”), as an example.