Part 3Click here for Part 1, Getting Started
Click here for Part 2, Finding My Producer
As you go into the production of your audiobook, you may end up with a lot of people auditioning to do your book. Some of them are very experienced. Others ... not so much. As you listen to those auditions, ask yourself some questions.
1. Does it sound professionally done? In other words, are you hearing other sounds that shouldn't be there? Does the reader take a lot of breaths or swallow but not edit them out? Is that even an issue for you? Just so you know, they can be edited out if they bother you.
2. Does the producer's voice match what you think your character(s) sound like? If not, is it a problem? Sometimes, a producer can add depth that you didn't imagine when you wrote the characters, so it's not a bad thing. Necessarily. Be open and flexible. Your readers, when looking at an ebook or paper copy, won't necessarily be reading it the way you hear it in your head either. But, would you want to listen to the book read this way? If not, that's a concern. Communication with your narrator is key here.
3. Does your narrator "get" you characters? This is important. How dialogue is read can change the entire meaning of a scene. For example, is the character angry vs frustrated as the narrator reads some dialogue? Does that scene lead to action that, if read incorrectly, won't make sense later?
4. How quick is your producer in responding to your questions, concerns, suggestions? Just like on the dating scene, if you don't like the way your producer "treats you," be wary. If you have concerns about the narrator's attitude or responsiveness, don't assume it will get better later on. Remember, you're being courted for a job. Applicants should be trying to impress you. If they aren't trying now, don't assume they will later.
I had one advantage. I'd already heard and knew I liked my producer's finished product. I'd heard good things about working with him from that book's author. He let me know right up front that he had other commitments and if I was in a hurry to get the book out, I might want to look for another narrator.
So, this is another question you might want to ask yourself: how quickly do you want your book finished? I was willing to wait.
There are things you can do to help the narrator "get" your characters. I'll talk about that next week.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *What am I reading (listening to)?
As the title says, it's an Alzheimer's love story. What do I think? It's a poignant story and takes the reader through the Alzheimer's journey. It's a touching and frightening story and is driving home what this terrible disease steals from its victims and their families.
Did you have a nice weekend? Do anything fun?
We got a new grandson on April 1st and got to watch his big sister for a few days.