Critical Failures Gets Selected For Audible's "48 Hour BOGO" Credit Sale

Today's blog post was meant to be about bear porn. I had it all written up except for a concluding paragraph when more immediately pressing matters presented themselves. So put away the lube. Bear porn will have to wait until next time.

Come on. Don't look at me like that.

Come on. Don't look at me like that.


I woke up to an unexpected email this morning. It read as follows:

Dear Robert,

Congrats – your audiobook  Critical Failures: Caverns and Creatures, Book 1 (Unabridged) is currently featured in Audible’s “48-hour BOGO” (Buy One Get One) credit sale.  This sale has started today and ends Saturday, March 28th at 11:59 PM ET and allows Audible members with 1 available credit to purchase 2 books for 1 credit from a curated selection of titles.  The sale is supported by Audible’s robust communication channels, including in-store promotion and e-mail announcements targeted to members with 1 credit in their account.

Congratulations on having Critical Failures: Caverns and Creatures, Book 1 (Unabridged) selected by the Audible Editors for this sale!  You can access the sale page directly at this URL (note: sale pricing only appears to Audible members with 1 credit available):

 Please let us know if you have any questions – and congrats again!

I didn't think much of it beyond 'Oh, that's nice. Every little bit helps.' I was still kind of groggy at this point. I posted the above email on my Facebook page, and proceeded to start work on my bear porn blog post.

As any of you who have read some of my previous blog posts is aware, I like to keep on top of my rankings on Amazon. Today has been kind of a lackluster day as far as ebook sales go, and that has caused me to drop back off the end of Amazon's Top 100 Fantasy Author list.


Not the end of the world. Ups and downs are all part of the game. It's exciting right now just to be hovering near the top 100.

But here's the thing...

If my 'All Books > Kindle eBooks > Science Ficition & Fantasy > Fantasy' chart looks like that, then why does my 'All Books' chart look like this?

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Why is my overall rank increasing during such a lousy sales day?

So I dug a little deeper. Here's the chart for 'All Books > Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy'.

Holy shit! I'm back in the top 100! How can that... I better double check.

Sho 'nuff.

Sho 'nuff.

But I don't understand. How am I rocking the shit like this? This isn't the Kindle Top 100 list that I've been sneaking into every now and again these days. This is the All Books list, which includes Kindle sales, Paperbacks, and... 

Then I remembered that email from this morning. 

ACX only updates my sales reports once a day, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to see how many audiobooks I've sold, but I figure it must be close to a metric shit-ton.

When I was first starting out, I didn't want to bother with audiobooks. It felt like a hassle I didn't need to deal with, for which the payoff would likely be very small. I might have never even done it had Saturn Five Sound not approached me. This is the one part of my success I can attribute to luck. I'm extremely fortunate to have teamed up with those guys.

Let this be a lesson to you. Don't pass up any opportunities to get your book in front of customers. You never know where your next big break is going to come from. 

In the spirit of practicing what I preach, here's one more link to my books


Stay tuned for bear porn.