FAQ

Here are the most frequently asked questions. If you can't find what you're looking for, please email abby@alknorrbooks.com.

 

FAQs

Do you sell signed hardcovers?

Yes, some. Right now you can purchase Born of Water, A Blossom at Midnight, A Memory of Nightshade, and A Daughter of Winter. Visit The Signed Bookshopto view and order.

Will you read my manuscript?

I only wish I could read all the books people ask me to read. I get way too many requests and I am always buried under a TBR pile. I'm sorry, but please don't ask me to do this. 

What order should I read your books in?

Aha! That one is easy. You can find that list here, complete with links to each title.

What is your policy on AI?

There are three parts to this answer:

  1. I will never use AI to write the content of my stories. I may use it to help me brainstorm solutions to plot problems, to help me with research, or to help spitball a great tagline or blurb, but AI will never, ever write my books. That's a promise.
  2. My covers are designed by human artists, namely; Damonza for the majority of my covers, Orina Kafe for the Arcturus Academy covers, and Deranged Doctor Design for some of my legacy covers. If my designer elects to use AI in the process of developing a cover for me, that is their prerogative. My coloring pages were developed by a human artist who utilizes AI technology.
  3. As for digital audiobook narration, I believe that nothing will ever be better than a human narrator. My narrators (Gabra Zackman, Marni Penning, and Mikael Naramore) are all amazing. AI will never be able to convey the depth, warmth and expression that an excellent human narrator can provide. However, human narrators are expensive, starting at around $300/per finished hour of audio. That means an eight hour audiobook would cost $2400 to produce at that rate. For some titles, that is not economically feasible. Further to that, human narration takes months. Just ask the listeners who have been waiting for A Memory of Nightshade (a title I licensed to an external producer) to release in audio for over a year. So, I will utilize high-quality digital narration where it makes sense, and will also commission human narration where I can afford it. Digital narration can be sold at lower prices, and for some of my visually impaired readers who can't afford to buy gads of human narrated audiobooks, digital narration can be a blessing. One thing I will always do is make sure digitally narrated audiobooks are clearly marked, so you'll always know what you're getting.

Why are only some formats of your books available to buy here?

I began my career in 2017 as a Kindle Unlimited exclusive author. In those days, the KU program was a boon to authors just starting out, and it helped me build a readership. Fast-forward to now and being exclusive is a different story. There are pros and cons, and I will use exclusivity when it makes sense for a title and the readers, but I am in the process of moving the vast majority of my titles wide, and into this shop, it's just going to take a little time before the transition is done. I'm excited to move toward non-exclusivity, and am working hard to get it done before the end of 2023.

What's your current Work-in-Progress?

I am preparing to launch A Prince of Autumn, I have put the finishing touches on Cobalt (a prequel novella for Pretty Little Mermaids), and I am currently writing Aquamarine, book 1 of Pretty Little Mermaids.

Will you write more for Petra & Akiko?

Yes, I know its been a long time coming for some readers, but these two characters will get their series. I am working on plots behind the scenes.