Monday, March 23, 2015

My Audiobook Journey - Getting Started

Part 1

Torn Canvas (Safe Harbors #2) came out last June. My publisher had arranged for the audiobook production of A Change of Plans, but I had to do this one myself.

 I read 83 books last year, most of them audiobooks. Anyone who knows me understands how much I love them and why it was important to me to find a good narrator.

I'm kind of picky about narrators of any book because they can enhance the story or they can detract from it. You don't want your listener irritated by the reader.

And so the search began.

I logged into the ACX site, and listed my book, including posting a manuscript sample that potential narrators would use to audition. You can have potential producers (also called narrators or readers) apply, or you can go searching and invite someone to audition--or both.

One thing you'll need to consider is how to handle royalties. There are a variety of ways to negotiate the royalty shares (meaning you and your producer split royalties). If you're interested, you can check them out here. Or you can pay your producer outright.

Next week I'll talk about which path I chose and the search for my producer.

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Yes, the above means there's an audiobook for Torn Canvas. I'm going to be having a blog tour for the release of the EPICALLY AWESOME ...

*takes a deep breath and lowers the volume* 

... audiobook for Torn Canvas. If you think you could help by hosting me for the tour, please sign up here. I will be forever grateful!

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Aren't you proud of me? I didn't forget to share about the books I've been reading.

The first is an audiobook by Patricia Briggs. It's the fourth in the Alpha and Omega series, an offshoot of the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series.

I'll admit I started this book with some trepidation. In book 3, Briggs threw in a (nongraphic) completely inappropriate-for-the-story sex scene.

Because of the circumstances, it lowered my opinion of the characters. Because it did absolutely did nothing for the story, it also lowered my opinion of Briggs's writing. And I love her books! It was like her publisher told her she had to put in a sex scene, so this was what she threw in. Ugh.

Dead Heat? So far, so good. I'm really enjoying it. Briggs is a great storyteller. Now, is she just doesn't screw that up ...

What's it about?

It's Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings meets Stargate.

What do I think so far? It's intriguing. There are two main groups that haven't come together yet, adults and high school kids. I'm sure there's a connection and they will eventually. Could be soon too.

It kind of has a Michael Crichton feel to the story.


What about you?
Have you ever thought of listening to an audiobook? 
Ever been disappointed by something an author does in a book? 
Do anything fun this weekend?



23 comments:

  1. I know quite a few authors who have used ACX and been very pleased with their audio books. Congratulations on taking that step!

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    1. And I'll be happy to feature your audio book! Send me details.

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  2. who is narrating TORN CANVAS? Someone nice? :) A gent, a lady?

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    1. It's a guy, since the main character is a guy. The story of how I found him will come out later. I'm in the process of making a YouTube video so people can hear a sample.

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  3. Glad to know it was a good experience. ACX does have a good reputation. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Stargate in one sure isn't bad.

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    1. It does, and I get two audible credits a month.

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  4. So interesting how you set up your audiobook narrator. The whole process sounds like lots of work. But good for you doing it so your book is the way you want it.

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    1. I just kept plugging away at it. The first time doing something is always a challenge. The learning curve, ya know.

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  5. I've been tempted to register as an ACX narrator, but I'd need some high-tech equipment, first (microphone, recording and editing program, etc). Amber Argyle let me help her choose her narrator for her Witch Song series, and the process was pretty cool. Can't wait to hear about the rest of your process!

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    1. You might be surprised that the high-tech doesn't have to be as expensive as you might think. I've been working on doing the audiobook for Hope's Watch myself, and it sounds pretty good, recordingwise.

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  6. Good for you on the audio books.

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  7. At this point in time I'm not much for audiobooks. Some years ago we listened to The Hobbit I think while doing a long car trip, but by and large I'd much prefer to read. I'm looking forward to hearing more about how this all worked for you, however.

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    1. I wasn't originally either, Jeff. I picked it up more when I was doing a long bus commute. But I'm so busy that if I waited until I actually have time to sit down and open a book, I'd maybe get through two a year.

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  8. Audiobooks are all the rage, but I haven't been able to get into them. I am a visual learner. How cool that there's a website to help you find a narrator!

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    1. I've always been a visual learner too, Emily. It's something that we can learn though.

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  9. I really enjoy audiobooks, but can't afford them.

    I have no love for gratuitous sex. It has no chemistry...good sex needs chemistry.

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    1. That's why I have a membership with audible. It's way cheaper than buying CDs or even an individual audiobook through Amazon. Frequently cheaper than buying a paper book.

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  10. That's so cool. I hope that my books are turned into audiobooks one day, since people ask me about that. I'm not an audiobook person myself, though. I find it hard to concentrate on them.

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    1. I can't sit down and just listen. I do it while I'm doing other mindless things, like grocery shopping or yard work or laundry. And driving, of course. lol

      I would love for your books to be made into audiobook.

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  11. Wow, I'm impressed! You go out and coordinate all that yourself?? And I'm with you, I'd be very picky about choosing the right reader. It can make a big difference in how the book comes across.

    Very cool! And congratulations on the audio book. :)

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  12. Hey, congrats!!! That's very impressive.

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