Schism now in Audio Book Edition
Well, with all of the activity surrounding the release of A Mouth Full of Ashes, I forget to mention something else quite significant that happened just recently. At long last the Audio CD edition of Schism was finally made available for purchase. It's narrated by the frighteningly talented Peter Bishop and is available on Amazon (through Audible.com), directly from Audible, as well as iTunes.
Reaction to the book since its launch back in November has been interesting, to say the least. People either seem to love it or hate it. Almost nothing in between. It seems to be rather polarizing and I'm not sure why. I think part of the problem lies in the big free promotion the book had back in March, which resulted in many thousands of downloads. Free promos can be great at helping to get your work out there, but inevitably your book will fall into the hands of those who are not your target audience, and who, when/if they get around to reading it, are most likely not going to like it. Some people will pick up anything if it's free, regardless of whether or not it's their cup of tea. When money's involved they tend to be a little more discerning in their decision making process.
Another problem is that many of those same people see the word 'thriller' and imagine...oh, I don't know...car chases, undercover cops, bad guys planning on blowing up the world, international spy rings, Walther PPKs...not realizing that a psychological thriller is an entirely different beast that emphasizes the exploration of character over plot. I've actually now added a "From the Author" note on the book's Amazon page respectfully pointing out this difference and advising against buying the book if something more "action" oriented was preferred. Just trying to be fair about it. Unfortunately that doesn't actually show up on the page unless you click on "See all Editorial Reviews" for some strange reason, so I'm not sure how much good it'll do.
Anyway, the main thing is it's out there and available for anyone who finds it intriguing and appealing...and if the mood strikes, you can now hear it in glorious stereo!