J. Zachary Pike

Strangely Funny Fiction


Indie Publishing

My Experience with ACX, Part 1

In case you missed me screaming it into the black void of internet despair that is Twitter, Orconomics is now an audiobook. I’m really excited about the results, but I also wanted to share some about the journey as well.

If you’re uninitiated, I got my book turned into an audiobook using ACX — the audiobook creation exchange. It’s a collaboration between Audible and its parent company, Amazon, which also runs Kindle Direct Publishing. Authors can post opportunities to secure the production rights to their books, and then producers can opt in to produce the book for either a flat fee or a share of the royalties. The finished book is posted on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

ACX is a great system, if you use it right. If you don’t, it can be frustrating and clunky. Fortunately for you, I’ve done both.

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Indie Publishing

5 Tips for Part-Time Authors

Let’s be frank: at this point, I haven’t been had enough success to tell anyone else how to be a success in publishing. But I’ve been in the indie-publishing scene for a couple of years at this point, and I’ve at the very least I’ve learned a couple of things that I won’t do anymore and stumbled upon a best practice or two. So if you’re thinking about publishing a book, I’m hoping my perspective can offer you some value (on top of other resources that you should check out).

So first up, let’s examine one of the defining traits of my career as an author: I haven’t quit my day job.

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The Dark Profit saga is an economically epic trilogy set on Arth, a world that's fantastic and familiar all at once. On Arth, professional heroes kill monsters for valuable loot, but it’s powerful corporations that reap the rewards.

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J. Zachary Pike was once a basement-dwelling fantasy gamer, but over time he metamorphosed into a basement-dwelling fantasy writer. A New Englander by birth and by temperament, he writes strangely funny fiction on the seacoast of New Hampshire.

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Son of a Liche

The second book of the Dark Profit Saga pits Gorm and his fellow heroes against dark magics, the risen dead, and — worst of all — marketing.

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