My publisher may be called “Damnation,” but I felt pretty blessed when I was asked if we could produce the audiobook version of I Left My Brains in San Francisco. I think my Neeta Lyffe novels are great for listening to, and I loved working with voice talent Becky Parker on Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator. She took what was already a hilarious story and made it even funnier with her voices and sound effects. (I shall never hear Unchained Melody the same again!) There was one stipulation: they wanted it done fast so they could promote it with an ad they’d already bought for Neeta Lyffe in October. We had only weeks!
Becky and I got to work, she recording the chapters in between stage plays in NYC and me listening, critiquing and geeking out at hearing my words in a whole new way. Despite the press for time, Becky did a terrific job, even adding sound effects and producing an original song. (That’s right – she took my paltry lyrics in the book and made a hilarious song out of them.) Becky turned in the files to Audible Sept 23, and we planned a rocking book tour for Oct 1-18 – interviews, guest posts, and a podcast on Catholic Geeks as the finale. (Thanks, Declan!)
You know the saying, “Man proposes; God disposes”? I don’t know what God thinks of my zombie fic (I’d like to hope He gets giggles from it), but Audible has certainly disposed of my plans.
We’re a third of the way into the tour, and still no book on audible. Maybe they’re backlogged. I don’t know, and there’s not much anyone can do. It’s the reality of dealing with a huge company. Sometimes, things don’t go at the speed you want. Add to that, Damnation Books changed hands this month, and everything is in flux. (Please say a quick prayer for the past publisher and the new one. I can’t get into the reasons for the sudden sale of the press, but they are both noble and tragic.)
End result: I’m on a book tour with no book.
Becky and I put a ton of work on this, and we have people reading our interviews and guest posts and wanting to get their hands on a copy. It’s not fair that this happened, but we want to do our best to be fair to readers. Therefore we are offering the first three chapters, free. All you need to do is go to http://karinafabian.com/neeta-lyffe-zombie-exterminator-series/ and sign up. (I’m a Luddite, so I need to email you the link.) In addition, anyone who registers gets a chance to win a free copy of the audiobook version of Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator.
If you enjoy zombies, satire and fun with chainsaws, head over to my website now and sign up. While you’re there, click to the Neeta Lyffe series and enjoy the videos and excerpts, too.