Now, I’m being asked, “What you going to do about this ACX thing?”
I’d suggested yesterday that we all individually decide, as artistic entrepreneurs dedicated to making a living at performing, what to do about it.
And I have. And I’m at peace with it.
So what’s my decision?
I will gladly, not begrudgingly, continue my relationship with ACX and will carefully watch their moves over the next year or so to see if it is worth it to me to continue.
I’ve been really successful on ACX, and I’ve known the people at Audible pretty well for over two decades (before there was an ACX) – and I know they didn’t come to this decision lightly. And, if everyone’s been making such paltry incomes off of royalty share books on an individual basis, that means Audible’s been making two times paltry on those same books, with a much more expensive infrastructure to pay for.
This is business, pure and simple. I’m not about to treat this as a cause for social justice – if you’re losing 20% of what is already a very small amount of money, it’s not going to make any appreciable difference. If you’re doing well, you want to continue to do well, even at 80% of your former income potential.
There you go. They are a business partner. They’ve made a decision that I’m not happy with, but that I can live with. If they continue to reduce my income enough, eventually, it won’t be worth it to me, and they will no longer be a business partner of mine in this area.
And maybe you’ll jump on board with Audible’s affiliate program as well as figuring out ways to attract that new listener bonus. It’s up to you.
So? Again, I ask: what’s your decision? Where is your line in the sand? Tell me in the comments below.