There have always been requests for more lesbian fiction available as audio books, but the cost of producing them has always been prohibitive. Mainstream chick lit titles in audio download can run $30-$40 each. In our niche market, an audio recording would cost even more.
Some of the costs—in addition to the production costs that were already spent to create the book, such as editing and proofreading—include the hiring of talent, renting of studio facilities and burning of multiple CDs.
Digital technology takes away some of the costs. If an author reads her work herself, and her publisher could handle the download stream via mp3, the project becomes a great deal less expensive.
As most of you know, I’ve recorded chapters from several books using Soundcloud as the host of the free podcasts. Obviously, if I wanted to record an entire book, I could do so. It would take time, which is a precious commodity to waste on what could be an end result nobody really wants to pay for. Sure, it’s fun for a chapter, or a short story, but think about my voice for hours … and hours … and hours….
If you are someone who has downloaded one of my podcasts, I would love to hear from you. Please be honest—brutal, even. My style of reading is not going to change. If you think my style would be untenable for the length of a novel, please drop me a note at karin(at)kallmaker.com. Any feedback is a gift, and thank you for it.