Changes for 2016: Patreon and Amazon Affiliate Links

As of January 2016, I’ve been doing this for over five years. It’s my aspiration to turn this into a business. Granted having a single focus on reviews of a relatively niche market isn’t exactly the best business model. Especially when a lot of people creating hour upon hours of content are doing it out of the kindness of their hearts, it seems kind of sleazy to start charging people.

But don’t you pay a newspaper a subscription fee to read the news they provide, either online or off? When I started this site, it was a way to give back to the community. Slowly, this idea of turning it into a business grew inside my head. Finally, after much debate with myself I’ve decided to take the middle road. The content will always be free, but if you want exclusive bonuses, I’ve set up a montly patreon account.

I tried a similar approach during my first couple of years and quickly learned I needed a following before anyone would be willing to give me money. No one subscribed and my approach of getting new followers to the site was sloppy at best. I’m honored and extraordinarily lucky to have as many twitter followers, Facebook fan page likes, and other social media outlets. For all of you out there who come back every week for a new review, I sincerely thank you.

You may have noticed a new addition to the website header called “Help the Site.” I’m hoping the directions found on the page are self-explanatory. In case they aren’t I’ve included a FAQs for the Patreon. If enough people ask about the amazon affiliate links, I’ll update the page.

Anyway, go to Patreon.com/adr to sign up.

Patreon FAQs

Why Patreon? Why not donations?
Donations would be a fine way to raise money for the site, but I’d rather
give something to fans as a token of my appreciation and Patreon is the best way to do that currently.

What will the rewards be?
Currently there are 2 rewards you can sign up for. The patreon is monthly, as I publish reviews every week. Those rewards are an exclusive review each month at the $1 level and an ebook sent to you every month at $3.

Will free audio dramas or review requested productions be exclusive?
No. All audio productions released for free on the internet and/or sent to me through the proper channels, located at AudioDramaReviews.com/Request will remain accessible to all visitors of the site.

The exclusive reviews will be for stories I’ve spent my own money. These will mostly be audible audiobooks and graphic audio productions. Since I do this every week, more stories to review is better than less.

Questions?
Leave them in the comments below.

I Have a New Ebook Out. This One’s Different. It’s Fiction. Also, Brief Hiatus in Effect

Two weeks ago, I linked to my most recent ebook release. The review in question was for Across the Nightingale Floor. It was rather brief mention and not many people saw the post, according to my stats.

Being the unashamed, self-promoter that I am, I decided I’d write this blog post. Don’t worry, this will be the final mention on on the blog, but I will be pimping this book on the twitters and the book of faces. You can find those accounts here (Twitter) and here (Facebook).

If you like intrigue of the political nature and historical fiction, especially one set in Feudal Japan, you may want to check out Moon and Star. Oh, and it has a slight fantasy element.

Here’s the synopsis.

For Kaito, becoming Shogun was a sure thing. But when he learns the truth about his birth, he is forced into a world of conspiracy, politics, and a decades-old plan for the total domination of his home. He is the son of a rival clan lord. The same one who threatens his adopted family with war.

The opposing force’s armies are bigger and ready to attack, but something holds them at bay. Someone is pulling the strings and after the Shogun dies everyone becomes a suspect in both his murder and who, or what, is preventing the coming war.

A tale of magic, swords, and lies, Moon and Star asks the question: Does the right to rule come from within or without? Blood or sweat? Birth or chosen by the people?

It’s currently available for $2.99 on amazon kindle exclusively. You can also read it for free if you are an amazon prime member. Share it with your friends and I hope you enjoy it.

FULL DISCLOSURE: this book ends on a cliffhanger, but you’ll get the complete book once it’s edited and ready to go. Shouldn’t be too long, now. I’ll hopefully have it done before July 5, when something special is scheduled to happen with both my story and the site. Look forward to that announcement.

ABOUT THE HIATUS:

It’s getting harder to both listen and review audio stories on a weekly basis, which is why from now until July 5, 2015, AudioDramaReviews.com will not be posting any new reviews. I will be using this time to listen to as much content as I can. I appreciate everyone’s understanding and I’ll see you the day after the fourth of July.

–Michael Bergonzi

Audio Drama Reviews: 3 Years, 100 Reviews – Coming Soon (September 28, 2014)

To celebrate the 100th review, I’m re-releasing an updated version of Audio Drama Reviews Collection One. It can be found here with its new cover and title already live. If you’ve already downloaded the Kindle version, the updates should take effect within 72 hours after I hit publish (which will be on on 27th of September at 11 PM Central). Hopefully the updates take affect sooner, but I just wanted to throw that out there.

Amazon will probably send an e-mail out to people who bought the book to tell them about the newer version. However, you will need to turn on automatic book updates. I believe it’s set to on as default, but just in case here are the instructions.

1.  Visit the Manage Your Content and Devices page
2.  Select “Automatic Book Update” from the left navigation bar.
3.  Click Turn On.

For the other platforms (Kobo and Smashwords), Simply e-mail me to receive the updated version. I’m not sure if they do updates the same way Kindle does.

Again the release date is 9/28/2014. So I won’t be sending out advanced copies until that date.

The Audio Drama Reviews Ebook Update #2

Time for another ADR ebook update!

There is no confirmed release date, but it will be sometime in late winter/early spring. As of now the following reviews will be included:

  1. The Knightmare (Decoder Ring Theater)
  2. Shinkei (Decoder Ring Theater)
  3. A Four Star Murder (Decoder Ring Theater)
  4. This Thing of Ours Season One (Decorated Air Theater)
  5. Robotz of the Company (Episodes 1-3)
  6. The Cleansed Episodes 1-5 (Final Rune Productions)
  7. The G-Files Episode 1 (Gypsy Audio)
  8. Tamlynn PI Episodes 1-2 (Gypsy Audio)
  9. Wormwood Episodes 1-3 (Habit Forming Films)
  10. Our Fair City Seasons One and Two (Hartlife Media)
  11. The Rats in the Walls (Hartlife Media)
  12. The Leviathan Chronicles Episodes 1-4
  13. The Leviathan Chronicles Season Two Director’s Cut
  14. The Administration Episodes 1-2 (Misfits Audio)
  15. Jim Nolan: Private Eye Episodes 1-2 (Misfits Audio)
  16. Professor Hoyt’s Remarkable Elixir (Misfits Audio)
  17. Snape’s Diaries (Misfit’s Audio)
  18. Thanks for the Memories (Misfits Audio)
  19. Tom Riddle’s Diary (Misfits Audio)
  20. The New York Crimes Season 1
  21. 7th Son: Descent BETA edition Prologue-Chapter 5 (JC Hutchins)
  22. Hothouse Bruiser
  23. Lilith’s Children
  24. The Katniss Chronicles Season One
  25. The Lost Elevator (Northern Lights Media)
  26. Mega Tales Episode 19: The Tale of Mr. Night Night
  27. Politicise Me
  28. Red Colt Bounty Hunter Episode 1 (Audio Drops)
  29. Neverwhere
  30. Trophy Case (19 Nocturne Boulevard)
  31. The Whisperer: The Seeing Eye
  32. The Line Arc 1 Episodes 1 and 2 (Pendant Productions)
  33. The Line 2×12-2×14 (Pendant Productions)
  34. Seminar Short: The Burrower (Pendant Productions)
  35. The Kingery Seasons One and Two (Pendant Productions)
  36. Red Sands Investigations (Pendant Productions)
  37. Genesis Avalon Episodes 1-3 (Pendant Productions)
  38. Tabula Rasa Season One (Pendant Productions)
  39. Star Wars Episode IV Radio Drama
  40. Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls (Radio Drama Revival)
  41. We’re Alive Seasons One and Two (Wayland Productions)
  42. The Destiny of Special Agent Ace Galaksi Season 1
  43. Ika Roa Season One (RicoMark)
  44. Shift (Earbud Theater)
  45. Ender’s Game Alive (Skyboat Media)

That’s 45+ reviews in this upcoming ebook. The one’s marked in bold are not on the site as of yet, but they will be before the ebook is released. Soon after Ender’s Game Alive is released, their will be another update with a more concrete release date.

Can’t wait to get this puppy out. 😀

The Audio Drama Reviews Ebook Update #1

Remember back at the beginning of 2013, when I mentioned there might be an ebook coming out this year? Well, guess what, it’s official! That’s what I’ve been working on, instead of posting new reviews more consistently than I would’ve liked. I only slacked off a little bit, I swear. The problem is that right now the word count is around 15k words. I want to at least reach 20-25k words, before I begin editing and adding hyperlinks and such.

I have the following audio dramas that I plan on listening to and, hopefully review, before the new year:

The Katniss Chronicles Part 1 (currently on episode 13)

The Destiny of Special Agent Ace Galaksi (not started)

Tabula Rasa Season 1 (will listen after “Destiny of…”)

Star Wars IV and V Radio Dramas (Almost done with episode IV)

Want your audible drama to be in the first collection? Send them my way via the proper channels. I’ll post another announcement when the minimum word count goal is reached, along with the contents of the ebook and more general information. This will be the first of what I hope to be many review collections. I hope to have the first draft done in November so I can have a release date in December.