Audiobook update: Sadly, I am in the process of finding a new narrator for the series. Things were not working out with the prior one, but I wish him the best. I have a couple of prospects but I need to contact ACX about getting a stipend attached to No Good Deed. It's behind the scenes stuff, but it means the narrator would get a guaranteed amount of pay in addition to just a royalty share. ACX pays the stipend as an incentive to attract good narrators. Good narrators help sell audiobooks, so it's win/win/win, because it helps authors whose books have stipends attract the best also. Deeds of Mercy did receive a stipend, so that is good news.
Writing News: I had a breakthrough idea for the romantic suspense, Seeking Vengeance, that I've been working on for over three years. I had been stuck, but I had a Eureka moment a few weeks ago. Since the book is about 2/3 finished, I'm going to complete it. Have no fear, Mark Taylor fans, I have loads of ideas for the next book as well, including things like CIA headquarters, secret tests and a whole host of things. Oh, and Mark and Jim take a little road trip too. :-) However, I wanted to finish the romantic suspense for a few reasons. One, I just hate that it's sitting there unfinished. I really love the characters in it and I think people who love Mark Taylor will find some similarities between him and Sam Brennan, the hero in Seeking Vengeance. He's angry and as the title suggests, seeking vengeance on someone who killed someone very close to Sam. When he meets Molly Flynn and her young daughter, he has to decide if vengeance is worth the price. While I'm calling it a romantic suspense, it is trying really hard to be more of a suspense with romance. I think it will appeal to men as well as women because at least half of the book is from Sam's point of view.
Writing World News: Amazon has gone and created Kindle World, which will legitimize fanfiction. As a writer whose first stories were fanfiction, I will always love it. I still seek out stories on my favorite fandoms and follow a few of my favorite fanfic writers. I don't know how this will work out, but as I'm still a moderator on a fanfiction forum, I have heard opinions from both sides. Surprisingly, it's the fanfiction writers who seem to be most upset about it. Some are worried that their ideas will be used and they won't get compensation beyond the sale of the fanfiction (which puzzles me, because they wouldn't get compensation at all without Kindle World) while others fear that studios will see the money that can be had from a monetized site like Amazon, and will want to prevent writers from writing freely and submitting to sites like fanfiction.net. Suddenly, something that nobody could touch to make money and so was ignored for the most part by studios and authors, is now worth something. It remains to be seen how it will all shake out. I just hope they get the rights to Friday Night Lights, because I would SO love to write in that fandom again.