03 Aug 2015 2 Comments
Today I’m happy to turn my blog over to friend and fellow author, Julie Elizabeth Powell.
Listening is Good for You!
Firstly, let me thank Darcia for allowing me to pester her again about my work!
My pen name is Julie Elizabeth Powell, author of eighteen titles in a variety of genres and lengths.
The purpose of this post is to bring attention to audiobooks – mine of course
I’d been thinking about it for a while and until recently the possibility hadn’t been available for those of us in the UK – I live in England. But now, Amazon have a sideline called, ACX, (through Audible), where I can now offer my work for production.
It’s been a very steep learning curve but now have the majority of my work in the process of being created into an audiobooks.
Of course it’s a load of work – writers don’t sleep anyway – but so far, I am very pleased with the results.
I wasn’t inundated with auditions to begin with but they suddenly trickled in, probably because my first audiobook was ready and my work highlighted. It’s called A Murderer’s Heart, a murder mystery (narrated by Melanie Fraser) which has been enjoyed as a paperback and a Kindle edition, as have all my stories.
Knowing Jack, a mystery adventure (narrated by Joel Froomkin) is also available, soon to be followed by many more.
Thanks to both Melanie and Joel for a wonderful job.
But why would you want to listen?
I remember as a child listening to my mother read to me at night, in addition to the radio, to a programme called, Listen With Mother – I loved it!
Do you remember how you felt when listening with half closed eyes to those adventures?
Apparently (according to my research), when we are being told a story things change dramatically, where the language processing parts of our brain are not only activated but also enhanced by other parts of the brain. Meaning that we feel far more engaged when we hear the narrative. Your whole brain is put to work, with amazing results, so much that it can shape your thinking and way of life.
It seems that we are wired that way, in that when a story is broken down into the simplest form, there is a connection of cause and effect – and that is exactly how we think.
We think in stories all the time, while creating them in our heads for every action and conversation (just think about gossip and the connections to personal stories). We want to relate stories to our existing experiences and storytelling is one of the most dominant methods to communicate and inspire.
There, you see, it’s science!
As a further incentive to listen to my audiobooks, I have promo codes to give away
Please email me for a promo code for either A Murderer’s Heart, Knowing Jack, or the newest release, Christmas Past. I will send you the code and Mobi file, with links to Audible for UK or USA – please let me know your preference and write in the subject line: promo codes through Darcia.
Learn more about me and my books in the following places:
Here is the link to my Amazon UK page:
Here is the link to my Amazon USA page: you can follow me if you wish?
That’s it – oh no it isn’t, um, if you’d like to post reviews on Audible, Amazon and Goodreads that would be fantastic! Well, I hope they would be positive
Thanks, Darcia, thanks all
Thank you, Julie! Readers, please don’t be shy. As you can tell, Julie is quite friendly and easy to talk to. And she really, truly wants to give you an audiobook – free!
Thanks for reading – and listening.