Thursday, December 03, 2009

SHADE/SHIFT in audio book!

Coming soon to an earbud (or car speaker) near you...

I've been dying to spread this news ever since I found out, and now it's official. Audible has bought the audio rights to Shade and its 2011 sequel Shift and will make them into audio books!

I an insanely thrilled about this. This will be my first audio book, the first time I get to hear my words read by a professional (i.e., someone other than myself). Back when my daily commute was longer than a walk down the hall, I scarfed up audio books from the local library like crazy. So to have my own works in this format will be pretty amazing.

Audible is the world's largest publisher of downloadable books, and they have a special relationship (not sure if that's the technical term) with iTunes to make their books easily found and downloaded from there, as well as on Amazon, etc.

Also, the audio books will be distributed in "physical copy" by Brilliance. (CDs, I assume, or whatever newfangled technology is being used--back in my day it was books on tape, and we got whatever mangled, abridged, chopped up version was available, and we liked it! Except when Cassette #10 out of 12 was all garbled, or when our favorite book ever (The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub) had a narrator who read every sentence like THIS. So that the emphasis was on the very last WORD. No matter how it was WRITTEN. Until we wanted to throw it out the WINDOW. But we couldn't because it belonged to the LIBRARY. So we got very ANGRY. And are now venting publicly about it for the first TIME. And it feels GOOD. (See how annoying that is?--I mean, see how annoying that IS?)

So if you prefer to hold the Shade audio book in your hands, you'll be able to do that, too. Just don't try to turn the pages.

I don't have an official release date yet, but I would presume the audio books will come out at the same time or shortly after the release of the hardcover.

Which is...

everyone say it with me...

MAY 18, 2010

Okay, it's back to the rewrite dungeon for me. Have a great weekend!



Congrats Jeri! This is very cool. I must say, I'd LOVE to hear Ciara and Shane on audio hehe :)

Posted by: Blogger Brooke Reviews at 12/03/2009 6:06 PM

Thanks, Brooke! I would, too. Hey, maybe if SHADE sells really well in audio, they might take a look at the vampire books, too. *fingers crossed*

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/03/2009 6:08 PM

If I had a book being turned into audio, I'd insist on playing one of the characters.
Who know my characters better than I?

Posted by: Blogger Andrew Rosenberg at 12/03/2009 6:26 PM

That's awesome to hear! Congrats!

Enjoy your weekend too!

Posted by: Blogger Jess (The Cozy Reader) at 12/03/2009 9:49 PM

lapetus999: The audio books are usually a narrator reading the text, so they usually don't have different people playing the characters.

And even if they did, I'm SO not qualified to read at a professional level. I love doing it for a crowd at a reading (crowd = 4-5 people ;-), but doing it in at a studio quality level takes a lot of skill. That's why they pay professional actors to do it.

And usually not celebrities--it's usually people who specialize in voice work, who can do a lot of different accents and both genders and all ages very well. Not to mention have a ton of stamina! :-)

Jessica: Thank you, and you have a great weekend, too!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/04/2009 8:46 AM

Hey, Jeri,
As an voracious audio book reader (listener?), I find this exciting news. Congratulations.
Over the years I've observed the quality of audio books improve from a boring straight reader to fabulous performances. Now I seldom come across a narrator I can't listen to, though there are some that annoy me a little. But I think that I listened to that BOOK. The King/Straub BOOK. That was a long time AGO. Thank GOODNESS.

Posted by: Blogger joysann at 12/04/2009 11:28 AM

Thanks, Joys Ann! Yeah, it was terrible. I bet by now it's been redone with a better narrator, though.

I realized recently that The Talisman was maybe the first ever urban fantasy. The way it brought the fantastical elements into our world, the way they went back and forth between here and the otherworld, and the fact that the werewolf was the good guy--all very ahead of its time.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/04/2009 1:27 PM

Get ready! This book is going to HUGE! Just based on that cover alone!! (saw the ARC pics) Never mind that the story also sounds fantastic.
It would be nice if all your books end up on audio also.
Can't wait - sit back and enjoy the ride!!


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 12/04/2009 8:08 PM

This is awesome! I always have an audiobook going in my car for my 50 mile RT commutes. They keep me mellow around the nutso drivers or snow. I look forward to adding your books to the audio stacks.

Posted by: Blogger Vickie at 12/07/2009 10:00 PM

very very cool Jeri!! I am an audio book junkie myself.. so I am totally excited to hear this!! Yay you!!
May 18 2010!!! lol ;)

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 12/08/2009 11:48 PM

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