This is a big announcement, a major change in our business strategy (yes, this is a business). Since we know you (and love you, truly we do), we’re going to get some TL:DR, bottom-line info right up front and center, so you do not panic.
- The free Sunday podcast will continue: we’re not removing it.
- We will continue to podcast full, unabridged audiobooks.
- We will continue to give away the serialized audiobook of Book I of all three of our series, so that you can share them with your friends and convert others to Siglerism.
- This will happen on September 17, 2017.
There, that’s out of the way. Whew!
When we first made this announcement to the Super Secret Sigler Junkies Group over at Facebook, some people got their skivvies in a bunch thinking we were taking away the very thing that put us on the map. Not so, bro. Read on, Don.
WE ARE PULLING MOST OF THE “BACK CATALOG” PODCASTS FROM iTUNES
First, what does “back catalog” mean? It means the completed podcast novels. For example, we podcast ALIGHT, Book II of the Generations Trilogy, in its entirety. Once we finished, it showed up on iTunes as a complete book — you can download all the episodes at once, no waiting.
Second: why are you pulling some books? Aside from a few short stories that we don’t have rights back to yet, ALONE, and the new EARTHCORE, we’ve given away every word I’ve ever published. And then some.
This strategy worked well for us for the first few years as we were trying to make a name for me and get in front of new fans. Mission accomplished. But now, we have sixteen full-length novels and short story collections up on iTunes, including the entire Infected Trilogy, all five GFL novels, and the first two books of the Generations Trilogy.
Now it’s time to make some changes.
For years now, we’ve been watching the eBook market with interest. One of the key strategies on Amazon is to give away the first book in a series so people can try it at no risk. If people dig it, they feel comfortable forking over their moolah for the rest of the series, because they now have faith the author can deliver.
We’re going to do the same thing with our audiobooks.
SERIALIZED AUDIOBOOKS THAT WILL REMAIN ON iTUNES:
- THE ROOKIE
- BLOOD IS RED
- BONES ARE WHITE
- THE CRYPT: Book One, Crew Stores
Everything else is getting yanked. We’re pulling stand-alone titles like ANCESTOR and NOCTURNAL, because there’s no benefit to offering those for free that isn’t already covered by the four novels and two short story collections listed above. If you dig INFECTED, you’ll probably dig ANCESTOR, and so on.
FIRST HIT IS ALWAYS FREE …
So there’s nothing to worry about. We’re removing some books, but leaving a crap-ton up for free. Show me another author that offers that much free audiobook content, on their site or on iTunes. I double-dog dare you. If there are any, there ain’t many.
We’ll keep writing. Y’all keep listening.
And feel free to push this high-grade stuff on your friends. It’s how Junkies get made.