News and Updates: Saturday, February 20, 2021

Welcome to (or back to) Austen Promises! Below are my news and updates for this week. Enjoy!


I hope any of you all that are in Texas and other generally-warm but currently-cold states are doing better than you were a few days ago!

In writing news, I wrote this week! Yay! <3 I wrote three days for a total of 5,754 words. Darcy’s Unwanted Bride is just over 40,000 words so far. I’m going to push to get it done in the next seven or eight days. This will mean no blog posts and no Facebook posts. It might mean no shower. It might even mean takeout and delivery for a few days. LOL


I’m still promoting Forced to Wed, which is a two-book bundle containing Matches Made at Netherfield and Decisions and Consequences. The next email newsletters in the lineup will be the Boxed Romance Book Bargains newsletter this coming Monday, February 22nd. It will be in the Bargain Booksy newsletter on Saturday, February 27th. And, if you’re a Kobo VIP reader, the book will be in the February VIP 40% off Promo all next week (2/22 through 2/26).


A question was asked of me this week on Facebook about if I will ever do audiobooks. I replied to the inquiry there, but I thought it would be good to add it to my newsletter, too.

I would love to do audiobooks. However, they are hugely expensive to produce unless one does a royalty share, which requires exclusivity I’m not willing to commit to. I know a lot of JAFF authors are now putting them out, but I suspect they’re all in Kindle Unlimited anyway and have done the audiobooks on royalty share.

I thought about making my books into audiobooks myself, but I don’t read aloud well enough, and it’s a very long process. Another commitment I don’t feel I can make.

Also, if I did royalty share and met my 7-year commitment, I’d still have to buy out the narrator to have complete control of my intellectual property. Either way, it’s going to cost a large sum of money all at once.

All that to say that I’d love to turn my books into audiobooks, but at this point in my career, I can’t. :’(

In personal news, well, there’s not much going on. LOL I have a grocery pickup at noon on Sunday, but other than that, I’m home 99% of the time. At this point, I’m keeping my head down, waiting for spring.


How are you holding up in these dark, cold, short, and snowy days? Feel free to drop me a line and let me know. I love to hear from my readers!


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