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(Newswire.net -- October 27, 2015) Portland, Oregon -- With the popularity of audiobooks on the rise, many authors are choosing to have their books produced in an audio format. Romance writer AJ Harmon joins this elite group of authors by choosing to have “A Choice for Claire” recorded for distribution on Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
“I’m very excited to share my work with a new audience,” AJ began. “With todays on the go lifestyle, more and more readers are choosing to consume books audibly while commuting, exercising or doing chores. I’ve had tons of requests from my fans to release my romance novels as audiobooks and I’m always looking for ways to keep them happy.
“When I started this project I had no idea what I was doing. I’m a romance novelist, not a recording artist,” Harmon expounded. “Finding a narrator to read my book was the first step. After requesting auditions online, I received 17 recordings from voice over artists. It was hard to narrow it down to just one, so I asked for a little help from my Facebook friends, posting my top 5 voice picks on my blog and asking fans to vote for who they’d like to listen to.”
Alan Taylor won the vote and became the voice of “A Choice For Claire”. Alan and AJ began the project to record this Amazon top rated romance novel (4.8 Stars) on September 1, 2015, releasing it on October 25th for Audible and Amazon, with iTunes launching later this week.
Harmon joins the ranks of great authors like Edgar Allan Poe (The Raven) and Helen Keller (Midstream) whose works were recorded in 1931. Back then it was to give the blind and visually impaired access to great literature. With the advent of the cassette tape, listening to books began to find a foothold in the mainstream markets. Books on tape launched a convenient way to consume content. When CD’s and CD players flooded the market, the audiobook industry really started to grow quickly.
Digitally downloading audiobooks to your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player is extremely simple and has added to the demand for books available as audio files. 2015 has experienced a 19.5% increase in units consumed, making audiobook production a $1.47 billion dollar industry according to APA (the trade association for audio publishers).
audiobook cover - A Choice For Claire“My book, A Choice For Claire has had an amazing impact on my life and has been well received by readers,” Harmon stated. “Domestic violence has always been something that affected others, not me, but since this story came to me last year I’ve educated myself on the subject and have had so much feedback from survivors of intimate partner violence that I now understand why I felt so compelled to write this book. So many people are looking for hope and their own happily-ever-after. Claire’s choice can serve as a role model for others trapped in a dangerous situation.
“I’m always looking for ways to do more. I’m currently running an Indiegogo campaign to raise awareness and funds for domestic violence survivors,” AJ explained. “I’m giving an Audiobook of A Choice For Claire to individuals who contribute to the campaign as a thank you gift for helping others.”
You can learn more about AJ’s effort to help domestic violence survivors @AJHarmon.com/helpdvs.
Fiction represents 77% of all audiobooks sold. Adult titles account for 87% of sales with young adult and children’s titles up 3.7% from last year. Audiobook consumers tend to be more educated and searching for ways to enjoy books while multitasking. If you haven’t tried an audiobook before, Audible offers a free trial.
Harmon has plans to produce her First Class Novels and Sky Romance Novels series into audiobooks in the very near future. If you’d like to learn more about Contemporary Romance Author AJ Harmon you can visit her website AJHarmon.com or follow her on Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest.
AJ Harmon published her debut novel in November of 2012 on Amazon. She now has 15 novels and 7 novellas available from Kindle, Nook and iTunes. She has just released her first audiobook "A Choice For Claire" available on Audible.com
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