For audiobooks, the Audie Awards are kind of a big deal. They’re the format’s equivalent of the Oscars for movies, or the Hugos for science fiction and fantasy.
And THE CYCLE OF ARAWN has been nominated for one.
Best fantasy novel! I’m shocked and thrilled. Even in the midst of my initial euphoria, however, I knew a great deal of the credit belongs to my narrator, Tim Gerard Reynolds. This is no false modesty: Tim’s up for an incredible three Audios this year. Besides ARAWN, he’s also been nominated for Larry Correia’s Son of the Black Sword, and Golden Son, the second book of Pierce Brown’s incredibly popular Red Rising trilogy. Tim’s talent is remarkable and I’m extremely lucky to have his voice reading my words. I have a feeling he’s on the verge of becoming a superstar.
You know who else has three nominations? My audiobook publisher, Podium. Back when I signed with them, it was a bit of a gamble, as their track record was very limited. Since then, however, they’ve racked up all kinds of award nominations and incredible titles, including the #1 selling digital audiobook of all time, THE MARTIAN.
You might fairly label THE MARTIAN as an outlier, what with the whole “Hollywood movie up for a Best Picture Oscar” thing, but Podium’s produced multiple legit bestselling audio series. Along with THE CYCLE OF ARAWN, they’ve also put out Stephen Moss’ FEAR SAGA and Joshua Dalzelle’s BLACK FLEET trilogy, among several others. At this moment, they’ve got 200 titles up representing dozens of authors. The road with them hasn’t been without its bumps, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision to sign with them.
Anyway, win or lose, I’m completely honored to be nominated. Winners will be announced at the Audies Gala on May 11. I can’t wait to hear the results.