My Apologies In Advance

I have 11 audiobooks out through ACX, which has been generally great to work with. Matching narrators with authors, getting the audiobooks distributed, the technical part has been just fine.

The part where I get paid has been…okay. The fact that they handle splitting royalties between me and the narrators when we choose that is fantastic. They initially paid a royalty of 50% and then dropped that to 40% a couple years ago. Now they’re changing the “bounty” program (which name has always made me a bit uncomfortable). It used to be until August 1, 2018, that I would get a $50 credit (split between me and the narrator if we’re splitting royalties) if my book was one of the first three bought by a new Audible member (ACX and Audible are both owned by Amazon). I could encourage people to sign up, they’d buy my books, it would help me out. I got a few of these every month, which made a nice difference in the payments.

As of August 1, ACX is changing the program. I can still get a reward, upped to $75–the catch is that just buying my book first is no longer enough. The new Audible customer has to specifically make their purchase using one of my referral links. I don’t think it actually has to be one of my books, oddly enough; at least, it doesn’t specify that in the text anywhere (from this page):

(Also, ACX has helpfully allowed me to get a referral link for each one of my books for each one of their marketplaces–US, UK, France, Germany–which is like 44 different links and what am I supposed to do with that? Post them all on a page somewhere that nobody will ever look at? Put them all in my email signature, as they suggest? That’d be one huge signature and I’m pretty sure I’d get flagged as spam.)

So the point of this is that I’m going to have to periodically push referral links at you or else I get less money, and while I have made peace with the fact that I have to tell people about my books and encourage purchasing, I hate doing the “buy them through this link please” because people buy in all sorts of ways and it’s just adding another layer of inconvenience to someone supporting me. So I’m sorry.

Here’s the referral link for the newest audiobook, “The Tower and the Fox,” for the US marketplace:¬†https://www.audible.com/pd/B07F1YRWLF/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-120139&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_120139_rh_us

(If you’re in the UK or France or Germany and you want the link for those markets, hit me up on email or Twitter or FA or whatever.) If you know someone who’s thinking of starting an Audible membership, or who’s interested in this audiobook, and you could pass along the link, it’d help me out. If you don’t know anyone and you’re already a member, thank you! If you’d like to write a review of the audiobook on Audible or iTunes, that helps me out a TON actually.

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New E-books: Tales of the Firebirds and The Demon and the Fox

Over on Bad Dog Books now, at other major retailers the first week of August:

The Demon and the Fox (book 2 in the Calatians series)

Tales of the Firebirds (short stories from the Out of Position universe)

Available in ePub or Kindle format.

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My Anthrocon Schedule

Hey, if you, like 7-8000 other people, will be going to Anthrocon this year, and you want to know where you might run into a certain fox, here is a handy guide. All the panels are in DLCC 310-311.

FRIDAY

Noon – 3:45: Around the FurPlanet/Sofawolf tables in the dealer’s den with two new books and a bunch of old ones.

4-5: READING / Q & A. This is your chance to hear part of an upcoming, unpublished work as read by the author! And also to ask that author any questions you might have about books, writing, Zootopia, or whatever. (The author is me. If that wasn’t clear.)

6-7:30: Writing Foundations: Advanced. Kristina Tracer and I will be talking about some advanced concepts in writing. What will those be? Show up and find out!

SATURDAY

10-11:45: In the dealer room.

12-1: All About RAWR. I and Alkani will talk about the residential furry writing retreat we helped found and continue to run. If you have questions or just want to hear what happens at a writing retreat, come on by!

After lunch – 6: Back in the dealer room, probably.

8-9: Submit and Publish. Teiran and Fugue and I will discuss submitting to furry and other publications and how to give yourself the best chance of getting published.

SUNDAY

10-11:30: Fantasy Writing. Jaden Drackus, Kristina Tracer, and I will talk about the fantastic worlds of fantasy, what fantasy is about and why we love it.

After lunch – 2: In the dealer room to sign all your books before you fly home. Get some reading material for the flight!

Hope to see you lovely people there!

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Tales of the Firebirds Update (AC and Amazon)

The new story collection Tales of the Firebirds is live on Amazon (paper only; e-book coming in July; no audiobook plans) and a shipment has been dispatched to Anthrocon, so you should be able to find it there at the FurPlanet table, where I will also be! And after AC the plan is to sell it through FurPlanet.com as well.

Also! The Demon and the Fox will be at AC. If you have been itching to find out what happens to Kip and his friends, you’ll be very happy. If you haven’t yet started their adventures, you’ll also be able to get the first volume, The Tower and the Fox, at the same time, and I’ll sign them both!

I believe FurPlanet will continue to carry TotF at future conventions, so if they’re going to be at a convention, chances are good that the book will be there. If they’re not, then check what booksellers will be and contact them to ask if they can order a few (they should contact me; please don’t email me to tell me to send them copies). The e-book will be on all the regular e-book sites but the paperback will likely only be on Amazon and FurPlanet.com for the foreseeable future (I will update as I have news).

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Yes, I Will Be At Anthrocon This Year

HEY. I just bought a plane ticket so I guess I’m going to be at Anthrocon this year. I’ll be on some panels and will be around the Sofawolf and FurPlanet tables signing books. Hopefully “The Demon and the Fox” and “Tales of the Firebirds” will both be out at this convention, but neither of them is to the printer yet so…cross your paws for me. ^^

My convention schedule for the rest of the year is pretty light. I’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con, but the only other furry con on my schedule for this year is MFF and I might drop by PawCon because it’s in the area and they have a cool GOH this year.

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Love Match Volume 2 E-book

If for some reason you haven’t picked up the Love Match Volume 2 e-book from baddogbooks.com, in a day or two you should be able to find it on your preferred major e-book retailer (except for NOOK because I’m still working on some bureaucracy with that platform, but also based on sales I’m going to say that there aren’t many of you who would describe NOOK as your “preferred” retailer).

Rocky’s adventures continue beyond Palm Gables, into adulthood as he crosses his eighteenth birthday, and into continuing success in the tennis world, with equivalent challenges in other aspects of his life.

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Award Eligibility (Coyotls)

Hey, if you’re a FWG member, Coyotl nominations close 3/15 so I thought I’d remind everyone what I have that’s eligible if you feel inclined.

Novels:

Love Match volume 1

The Tower and the Fox (by Tim Susman)

Camouflage

 

Short stories:

“Personal History,” in ROAR 8 (by Tim Susman)

“Who Fights With Monsters,” in Arcana

 

If you liked ’em, please nominate, thanks! If you didn’t, nominate something else! It’s important that we all participate. :)

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Waterways E-Book Updated

Hey everyone, sorry that took so long, but I’ve just sent the updated Waterways e-book (which includes the new stories and illos) to Bad Dog Books, Amazon, Google, iBooks, Kobo, and NOOK. It’s listed just as Waterways, not as a new book or anything, so by the weekend you should be able to request an updated version from wherever you bought it from, which is a process you should figure out with whomever that is. I am terrible at tech support for e-book retailers so I will not be able to tell you how to do this for your version.

Thanks for your patience and enjoy the updates!

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Texas Furry Fiesta Schedule

I’m leaving for Dallas tomorrow and I’ll be at TFF all weekend. Mostly you’ll find me skulking around the FurPlanet table to sign your brand new copies of Love Match volume 2 and chat, but occasionally I will be off giving instructional panels. Here’s my schedule:

 

Friday
8 pm: Book Reading (I usually read from an unpublished work, so maybe I’ll read from the second Calatians book, or Ty Game.)

Saturday
11 am: Commission Writing & Patreon
6 pm: Shorter vs Longer Works
7:30 pm: RAWR: The Furry Residential Writing Workshop

Sunday
10:30 am: Marketing Yourself
2 pm: Script Writing

 

Come by the table and get some books, say hi, and come to the panels with questions! Looking forward to seeing all your smiling muzzles there!

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Our Visit To Patreon

A couple months ago, a Patreon employee reached out to me, having seen the comic I did with Keovi on Erika Moen’s Oh Joy Sex Toy site. She said that Patreon knows they have a lot of customers from the furry community and that they wanted to learn more about it. If I had any resources, she said, that’d be great, and if I was ever in the area, they’d love for me to stop by their offices.

I explained that I live an easy train ride from their offices, and we started planning a visit. I drew in Watts Martin, a fellow author and tech-savvy coyote; and Hashtag, a new media expert and part of a younger generation of furries than me and Watts. We finally went up last Friday afternoon, the 26th, and though I’d been led to expect a sizable crowd, we were still taken aback to be presented with couches and microphones at one end of a cafeteria that held probably fifty people. And not just fifty people caught at the end of a late lunch and embarrassed to leave; no, fifty people staring at us attentively.

Our host had asked for questions in advance, and people had submitted a lot of good ones. So after we introduced ourselves, she called up her list to ask us, and right away we knew it was a good audience, because someone said, “While she’s getting the list, can you tell us how each of you came into the fandom?”

Some of the questions they asked were things like, “What are some micro-aggressions against furries that we should avoid?” (the only thing we could come up with was people using “furry porn” as one of the worst things on the Internet), “How has being a furry impacted your professional life (if at all)?” (clearly it’s enabled mine; Watts and Hashtag said they haven’t had any problems), and “What do you see as the future of your art and community?” (we talked about Facerig and animojis, and about Carrizo’s VR and Mocap advances).

We could easily have talked for another half hour, but they had another meeting in the room, so we had to clear out. I had brought a copy of Love Match, the book that Patreon helped me write, as I suspected they might have a shelf or a room for works their creators have made. They did, and they were all very excited to see it, so I signed it over to them (I’d brought a gold pen for just that purpose). After that, we had a smaller meeting with some technical people and user community people who wanted to talk about my experience with Patreon. They asked, among other things, about my perception of their guidelines (you may remember that there was an Internet kerfuffle when they revised their guidelines to be more clear about what was not permissible content), and that was when they said they are not only okay with adult content, they love their adult content creators. They encouraged me to tell all of you that if you’re thinking about starting a Patreon and have questions about your content and their guidelines, to please email them at guidelines@patreon.com. They are always happy to answer questions.

I’ve always had good experiences dealing with Patreon. They seemed at the very least to be interested in listening to their creators, even if that didn’t always translate into quick action. What we found in our visit was a company full of engaged, enthusiastic people who genuinely love being part of all the creative projects they enable. They have a wall–an extensive wall–full of the signatures of various people who have come by their office over the years. It’s a pretty cool thing to look at, and when they invited us to come sign our names to it, we were honored to be part of it. So now our names are on the wall, and Love Match is sitting in their library. This is a company that not only allows furry content, they actively sought out more information so they could serve our community better. Pretty cool.

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