Boldly going where I haven’t gone before

June is Audiobook month!  But then if you found my website and have an interest in audiobooks you probably already know that.

I’m a Twitterer, or Tweeter or Twittifier…or whatever, and of course a large number of the people I follow are audiobook professionals.  I can’t tell you how many times the fact that it is audiobook month came down my Twitterfeed today. It’s only the first of June and I’m already so tired of audiobook month…! Sacrilege, I know.

We audiobook professionals love what we do and we all agree that we’d love to enlarge the audiobook community so audiobook month is probably a good idea.  But with all this Twittering, etc., are we not preaching to the already converted? The problem, as I see it, is how to attract the attention of those who don’t yet know anything at all about audiobooks or just haven’t made the connection.

So I decided to try something different – different for me, anyway – and I picked out a couple of ‘celebrities’ who had a connection with audiobooks (but are certainly not known for them) and by Tweeting using the @-reply and referencing them with a message about audiobook month hoped to be seen in their own mentions column and provoke some kind of response on the subject (too much Twitter jargon for you? – sorry). Yes, of course it would be nice for me to appear in one of their responses – but it would also mean that many more thousands of their followers on Twitter would see something that might make them think more about audiobooks.

The two celebrities I chose were relative newcomers to Twitter but due to their celebrity they have, between them, already garnered 330,000 followers: William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.  You’re absolutely right – I was also indulging a bit of a fantasy of my own … The idea that Capt.Kirk and Cmdr Spock might actually see a tweet that I had sent out was a thrill I could not resist.

Am I crazy?  Quite possibly.  I often act on impulse and do things like this.  If what I’ve done is successful then I feel great and justified in the action.  If nothing happens I wonder if I did the wrong thing and people ‘out there’ think I’m an idiot for trying….

So far nothing has happened, no response, no reference to audiobook month by either of my chosen celebrities… so what does that mean?  Well, nothing yet – after all it is audiobook month and I have another 29 days before the verdict is in.

Live long and prosper – or, as we say in England,
Cheers
Simon

About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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5 Responses to Boldly going where I haven’t gone before

  1. chrisi resti June 21, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Simon
    I am so grateful to have discovered you and your very rich talent. Your presence in my car has transformed my commute to and from work. I’m about to begin Frankenstein and I can barely wait!
    Thank you for wonderful work.
    Sincerely,
    Chrisi

  2. MIchele June 2, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    It’s a sound idea, hehe. You could expand your tweetings to all the Star Trek cast: http://conventionfansblog.com/2010/06/17/a-current-list-of-star-trek-actors-on-twitter/

  3. Larry DWYER June 4, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    Mr. Nimoy read a wonderful Thurber story many years ago for Symphony Space that was very good. He has a number of books on Audible (mostly Star Trek), so maybe he’ll notice your tweet.

    on another note: I have the Hornet’s Nest on my iPod, but don’t want to start it – it can’t ever end if I don’t start it!

  4. Kristin June 3, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    Twitterator? Tweetaspondent? Tweet Tooter?

    Are you crazy? Of course. Why else would things be going well?

  5. Yuri Rasovsky June 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    You say you don’t know if your a twitterer, tweeter or twittifier. It’s easier for me. I’m just a twit.

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