Saturday, December 4, 2010

Journal - Free Audiobooks

Okay, here’s some more of the good news about Audiobook Heaven.

I already talked about Susan. She’s the person behind the website Audiobook Jukebox, and also the review editor for the website She had asked me if I would be interested in submitting some reviews for SFSite and I said “Duh!” Well, I didn’t exactly say that, but you get my meaning. She told me about her list of books I could choose from and I was all happy about getting some free audiobooks. Since Susan is the editor of an audiobook review site, publisher’s send her the audiobooks for free since it’s good advertising for the publisher. Susan, in turn, sends the books out to her reviewers, of which there are about 12 including me.

As I was discussing all this with Susan, it occurred to me that hey, I run a legitimate audiobook review site of my own, why can’t publisher’s send free audiobooks to me? I looked around the web a little bit and found that this is a fairly common practice. Publisher’s like to send out review copies to reviewers at newspapers, magazines, websites, and yes, even little bloggers like me. So I started contacting some publishers. I’ve been reviewing for over a year so I know several of them. I looked up their contact information on the internet, and sent email inquiries to about half a dozen publishing companies to see if they would be willing to send me review copies. Of course, I provided them with links to my blog so they could check it out if they wanted to.

About eight days went by and I was beginning to despair, but then I got a bite! Someone from Blackstone Audio sent me an email saying that they were interested. She asked me how many audiobooks I could comfortably handle per month. The answer to that is between 15 and 20, but I didn’t want to seem greedy, so I said three. She had also asked me to go ahead and pick out some books from their website, which I did last Monday. Several more days went by, but on Friday she wrote back and said she had two audiobooks ready to send to me. The third one I picked is apparently still in production and not available yet so she asked me to make another selection, which I also did. Her only requirement is that when I review one of their books, I include a link to the product page at Blackstone for that book, and send her a link to the review I write, which is no problem at all.

This is really exciting! I haven’t heard back from any of the other publishers I contacted, but I’ll be getting audiobooks from Susan, and from Blackstone Audio, so that’s pretty awesome. Oh, the really exciting part is that Blackstone carries my favorite science fiction author, Ben Bova. I’ve been listening to audiobooks for about three years now and have never found a single one by Ben Bova, so I was really happy about that.

My career as an audiobook reviewer is really taking off! Now if I could just get someone to pay me! For now I’ll be content just to get somefree audiobooks. This will make a much wider selection available to me than what I’ve been able to find at the library.

Here’s the bible verse I got in my email yesterday:

1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.

Today is my 40th birthday, but apparently God thinks I’m still young, so that’s good enough for me.


  1. Wow this is exciting and I am so happy for you!

    Sometimes we don't understand Gods plan, but when the colors start to form (so to speak) and the plan unfolds, we SEE where it is God wants us to head and in what direction!

    Next up, YOU my man, becoming an audio book READER! Yes, you heard me right!

    I hope this secret is safe outta the bag. You've worked hard to become a great reviewer, and it has brought you a lot of joy in the year and a half that you've been doing this.

    You deserve everything good that happens from here on out!

    Love you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY youngun! *wink*

  2. Knock knock!!!

    Are you going to be giving us an update? I mean December fourth was your last post and so much has happened since then.

    Well not tons, but you get my meaning! ;)