MacVoices #23253: Bryan Chaffin On Self-Publishing His Novel and Spotify’s Audiobook Option

Bryan Chaffin is back to decision his decision to self-publish his upcoming novel. He shares the tasks he’s been working on, from creating a cover to formatting e-books for different platforms. We talk about distribution options, express concerns about author compensation in Spotify’s audiobook library, and emphasize the importance of libraries in supporting authors. Bryan plans to record an audiobook himself to bring a unique voice to the story. He also discusses his active participation on threads as both himself and his main character. 

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Show Notes:


0:00:00 Bryan Chaffin returns to discuss his novel publishing journey.
0:01:45 Preparing for Publication: Formatting and Platforms
0:02:34 The Importance of Participating in the Twitter Community
0:04:44 Concerns about Amazon’s Impact on Publishing Industry
0:05:03 Dominating the Market with Three Platforms
0:05:22 Modernized Library Distribution System and Convenience
0:06:42 The decision to narrate the book yourself
0:08:47 The complexities of self-publishing and audio book production
0:13:06 Fiverr: Professional Services for Higher Quality Work
0:14:41 Custom Chapter Ornaments: A Throwback to Chapter Identification
0:15:28 Customizing book ornaments and seam separators
0:20:42 Spotify entering the audiobook business and author compensation concerns
0:25:57 Dell and Amazon’s Race to the Bottom


MasonTrumanPI on Threads


Bryan Chaffin began using Apple computers in 1983 in a high school BASIC programming class. He started using Macs in 1990 when the Kinko’s guy taught him how to use Aldus PageMaker, finally buying a Power Computing Power 100 in 1995. Bryan is the cofounder of The Mac Observer. He has contributed to MacAddict and MacFormat magazines, and coauthored Incredible iPad Apps for Dummies with Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus. You can find out more about Bryan at his personal site, GeekTells, hear his thoughts on Apple and tech topics on The Context Machine and follow him on Threads as @GeekTells


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