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Taking Chances Part 1 of 4: Audiobook First?

Over the next few weeks I’ll be blogging about some of the chances I’ve taken throughout my writing career and how it’s worked out for me. From releasing a book in audio format first, to releasing a book as a serial novel, to having the Nathan McBride series represented by Jon Cassir at CAA—a Hollywood powerhouse, it’s been an interesting and challenging journey. I hope my stories will inspire you.

Taking Chances Part 1 of 4
“Audiobook First?”

I’m a fairly conservative guy when it comes to business. I like having all the facts and working with experts before making big decisions or investments. But, I’m careful to weigh “safety” versus “potential” and I believe you have to take chances in order to find the bigger opportunities.
I’ve done quite a few things that were, at the time, new and untried. For example, my second book, FORCED TO KILL, was released as an audiobook with Audible.com before it ever went to print. Audible had a six-month exclusive and I feel that decision really paid off. The Nathan audiobooks have all become bestsellers and more importantly, this decision created a wonderful relationship with Audible that’s paid off in more ways than just book sales. I’ve met wonderful people at Audible who freely give me advice that has stayed with me throughout my writing career.

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Dick Hill, the golden voice of Nathan McBride and Jack Reacher, has become a trusted friend. Few people know this, but when I write manuscript, I have Dick Hill’s narration in mind. If I don’t think it will sound right with Dick Hill reading it, I edit the manuscript until it does. My goal is to deliver the smoothest, most polished book as possible because I have the reader’s best interest in mind.
In a good movie, you don’t notice the directing. Similarly in a good book, you don’t notice the writing. It just flows.
When I teach workshops at writers conferences, I always ask students to be unafraid and confident. Being an author means being a business person. They go hand in hand. I also ask students one simple question: “What business can you start that doesn’t involve some degree of risk?”
I believe taking chances can be more important than the outcome. It shows a willingness to think outside the box and take risks. To make money, you generally have to risk money. Making the decision to launch FORCED with Audible.com as an exclusive audiobook was risky, there was no guarantee of success. It turned out well, and FORCED TO KILL became an Audible bestseller, but had I not taken a chance, I would’ve always wondered if I should’ve.
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OPTION TO KILL – now offered as a completed Kindle eBook!

Several months ago, my editor at Thomas & Mercer asked if I’d like to participate in the new Kindle Serial program. It sounded interesting, so I jumped in with both feet. It turned out to be a challenging project. Over the course of 3-1/2 months, I had to write an entire novel and turn in 10,000 word episodes for publication every two weeks! I sequestered myself in my studio and got to work.

Now that the serialized novel is complete, you can order the complete Kindle book in non-serial format.

I think OPTION TO KILL is the best Nathan McBride novel to date. I’d spent a lot of time thinking about it before I started to write the manuscript, so it was just a matter of getting story into the computer. In Nathan’s third adventure, he’s got his hands full with an untimely ally! Here’s a brief overview from the Kindle listing:

When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life.

Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just twelve years old. With virtually no experience with children, Nathan’s patience and compassion are about to be tested to their limits

In a violent confrontation, Nathan rescues Lauren from her kidnapper, but as he unravels Lauren’s story, he realizes his troubles are only beginning. She says she’s in the Witness Security Program, and doesn’t trust the US Marshals because she thinks they’re complicit in her abduction. Not only that, her stepdad was murdered last night.

In a desperate and unlikely alliance, Nathan and Lauren must stay one step ahead of her kidnapper and the brutal mercenaries who will kill anyone who gets in their way. Played out over the course of 36 lightning-fast hours, Nathan and Lauren must learn to trust each other or they won’t survive.

Some folks have asked why OPTION TO KILL isn’t available on Nook. Here’s why: My publisher, Thomas & Mercer, is a Amazon subsidiary. Amazon has an exclusive contract with Thomas & Mercer to produce, sell, and market all Thomas & Mercer authors, such as myself. You can still read the third Nathan McBride. Kindle offers a free app for computers, cell phones, and tablets. The app turns these devices into Kindle readers.

The print and audio editions will be launched in the first week of January. OPTION TO KILL is not expensive like other eBooks. Thomas & Mercer strives to keep its authors affordable. The price of OPTION is $3.99. Does anyone else out there think that paying $12.99 for an eBook is outrageous?

Dive into Nathan’s third adventure, you won’t be disappointed!

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Option to Kill – Out now!

You might have already heard that my new thriller Option to Kill is now available. And while I’m excited to announce this, I’m equally excited to announce that it is being released as a serial thriller for Amazon Kindle! It will be like the old classic serial thrillers!

Here is the description of Option to Kill and a link to the listing:

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This book is a Kindle Serial. Kindle Serials are stories published in episodes, with future episodes delivered at no additional cost. This serial currently contains one episode out of an estimated eight total episodes, and new episodes will be delivered every two weeks.

Nathan McBride, “the most brutally effective thriller hero to appear in years” (Ridley Pearson, author of Killer Weekend), returns in the third installment of one of the best new series in thriller fiction.

When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life.

Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just twelve years old. With virtually no experience with children, Nathan’s patience and compassion are about to be tested to their limits

In a violent confrontation, Nathan rescues Lauren from her kidnapper, but as he unravels Lauren’s story, he realizes his troubles are only beginning. She says she’s in the Witness Security Program, and doesn’t trust the US Marshals because she thinks they’re complicit in her abduction. Not only that, her stepdad was murdered last night.

In a desperate and unlikely alliance, Nathan and Lauren must stay one step ahead of her kidnapper and the brutal mercenaries who will kill anyone who gets in their way. Played out over the course of 36 lightning-fast hours, Nathan and Lauren must learn to trust each other or they won’t survive.

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