Message from the President

Cawlfield, John-2015

John Cawlfield


If you are a published author, self-published or traditionally published, you should be on Audible.com. Period. In some respects, not having a presence on this site is like not having your books available on Amazon.


Here’s why:

  • eBook sales are down year over year since 2014.
  • Audiobook sales are increasing 30% to 40% yearly.
  • Audiobooks are projected to surpass eBooks market share by the year 2020.
  • With all of this growth, more choices are on the horizon for Indie Authors to publish audiobooks.

The cost to produce an audiobook is not cheap if you pay for it upfront with other services. ACX offers indie authors the best avenue to produce an audiobook by offering the Royalty Share feature. This option allows you to share revenue with your narrator. Good plan. No upfront costs to the author and it creates a partner who has skin-in-the-game. They want you to be as successful as possible so you both can earn royalties.

So, my suggestion is to dip your toe into the water, use ACX, and start selling more books. You will be glad you did. Trust me, it is a partnership leading to increased sales.

John Cawlfield

The Springfield Writers’ Guild will continue to meet at the 1711 West Battlefield location of McAlister’s Deli (See map below). Join us at 11:00 a.m. for Mentor Hour as we read and critique members’ writings. The speaker joins us at 1:00 p.m. followed by a short business meeting.

Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2018!

Yearly dues run from January-November each year (no meeting in December). Pay online on the JOIN/RENEW page. New members are encouraged!


6 Responses to Welcome

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  4. Mindy Lawrence says:

    You have a very nice and informative website. I’ve been away from the Guild for years and just joined again this evening (although I marked “new member”). I’ll be there at the meeting on August 26th–hopefully with something for critique.


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