WP #186 - CORRECTION. Major Changes Ahead: My Upcoming Surgery and Audible's Royalty Shift

Published 17 days ago • 2 min read

Dear, Reader.

Well, I made a typo in my own website URL. Please see https://www.writingpursuits.com/.

Also, I found a rather nasty incompatibility between my new theme (Astra) and the Siteground Speed Optimizer plugin that affects the way pages are rendered. I have applied a fix; hopefully, it will work. Sometimes, it doesn't matter how much you test!

Thanks to the readers who swiftly let me know about these problems.


As promised, I am back!

And speaking of backs, I am scheduled for spinal surgery in late June. I have learned the hard way not to hold my breath about surgery dates, so maybe I will announce the actual date when things seem more certain.

Today, I have two three topics I want to mention.

The first is my remodeled website. Do me a solid favor and click around https://www.writingpursuits.com (corrected URL) and let me know if you spot missing links, typos, and other embarrassing errors.

The second topic I want to mention involves a potential exciting development at Audible, brought to us by none other than Brandon Sanderson. In case you haven't heard:

  • Sanderson led a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign in 2022, raising $41.75 million for four new novels.
  • His refusal to put these novels on Audible pushed the platform to propose changes in its royalty structure.
  • The new system, though not perfect, offers improved royalty rates, transparency, and monthly payouts, which Sanderson views as a positive step.

Brandon detailed the negotiations with Audible in his blog post: "Regarding Audible" on March 5, 2024.

He wrote: "It’s all very technical, but I have to say I’m impressed with the effort they have made. The people there listened to my complaints, and have tried to improve. I’m not at liberty to explain in its entirety their new structure right now, as they’re still tweaking it, but they did say I could announce its existence–and that I could promise new, improved royalties are on the horizon."


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Kathrese McKee helps authors write great stories; she hosts the Writing Pursuits podcast, teaches workshops about writing craft topics, and writes speculative fiction books, short stories, and flash fiction. Kathrese has edited fiction professionally since 2014. Learn more about her books and services at WritingPursuits.com.

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