Monday, April 13, 2015

My Audiobook Journey - Reviewing ... & an Update

Part 4
Click here for Part 1, Getting Started
Click here for Part 2, Finding My Producer

So. you've signed with your narrator, and the process of production has begun. There are different ways for your producer to submit the product for your approval.

1. Wait to submit the entire audiobook.

2. Submit the chapters one at a time or in smaller batches. My narrator, Tristan Hunt (aka Jason Downs), did it this way, and I loved it.

Either way you'll need to listen to your audiobook--with the manuscript open before you. Getting the chapters in smaller batches made it easy for me to go through a few chapters after work and get back any feedback. By the time he submitted the last of the book, it was almost ready to be reviewed by ACX before going live.

Something to consider--what if once in a while your narrator reads the words a little bit differently from how you wrote them? What if he uses a contraction when you didn't? You can certainly request that s/he fix it. Bear in mind that ACX allows a small percentage of differences between the ebook and the audiobook. Maybe 3%, I think Jason said. I forget the details.

Prior to starting this process, I'd seen a discussion where an author chose to accept some of those variations and changed her manuscript instead. I kept this in mind. I chose to be flexible and made several small changes to the ebook manuscript. There were some that I had him change back to the way I'd written them. So, it was a give and take.

Remember, you are the author. This is your story. But the audiobook is a collaborative effort. If you've got a good narrator who's "getting" your story and your characters, be open minded. If it makes for a better end product, you might decide to accept a few changes.

I'll conclude with an excerpt from one of the early reviews because the third sentence made smile:
I really enjoyed both the story and the narrator. He added a lot of personality to Jori by just the tone of his voice. I might have a little bit of a crush. ;)
     ~K.R. Patterson
Next week, I'll be sharing an interview with Tristan, and you'll get to hear a sample of his work. 

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Update - Operation Underground Railroad

Source: ourrescue.org
Last month I posted about the tough issue of child sex slavery. I'm excited to see the movement is gaining momentum now that Timothy Ballard has become a spokesman for the program of rescuing these poor kids.

There's a great post here, I would recommend you check out. I love the concept of the Abolitionist Moms. She's got some great suggestions for ways to help. One is by joining the Facebook Group where various events to raise money to help free these children will be posted.

The words of Edmund Burke were never so true:

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing."


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What I'm currently listening to is White Dragon by Rebecca Shelley. This is the second book in Shelley's Dragonbound series. It continues the adventures of Kanvar from Blue Dragon

What do I think? Holy smoking volcanoes but there's a lot of action in this book. It's got me sitting right on the edge of my seat as I listen. Tren Sparks, the narrator, does a great job handling the mental communication between Kanvar and his dragon.

While Kanvar searches for his grandfather, Kumar Raza faces a savage Great White dragon that attacks his village. With no armor and only a fishing spear, Raza fights the white dragon but is mortally wounded in the battle. Raza's youngest son, Denali, must find a way to save his father and bring him safely out of the frozen wasteland. Lost in a blizzard, hunted by a pack of wolves, followed by a Great White dragon hatchling, Denali must use all his wit and skill to survive.

What have you been up?
Have you ever become involved in a social movement like Operation Underground Railroad?
  

26 comments:

  1. Great to see good men are doing something!
    Never thought about the narrator making small changes. He might make it sound better.

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    1. Yes! And to see how many people are becoming part of this grass roots effort.

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  2. Glad to see someone is doing something about child sex slavery. I've helped on local issues, but never anything so big. I'd love to though.

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    1. We've started our own FB group of authors and we're brainstorming the possibility of doing a publication with proceeds going to help OUR.

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  3. I've just caught up on your audiobook posts and it's so interesting to read about the process, etc. It's not something I've tried yet but it does seem so fun to have a narrator reading your words and adding their own take on the story.
    It's so horrifying and unbelievable that child sex slavery even exists but inspiring to see that people are standing up to fight it.

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    1. A narrator can really enrich the reading experience. I used to struggle with audiobooks, but I've trained my brain to listen better. LOVE them now.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your experience with audio books. And good that you're involved in something that will help these poor babies.

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    1. We have to do something to help the kids!

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  5. haha you know a narrator is good when readers get a crush. Awesome that the movement is doing such good work indeed

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    1. Aint't it the truth. That totally made me smile.

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  6. I was wondering what happened if the narrator went off script, if they ever improvised. I mean, what if they actually improved a line of dialogue by making it more natural? Gotta be flexible. :)

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    1. That was my thought when I first heard it.

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  7. I've never purchased an audio book but if I recorded my book then I'd want to read it. Your stories are very exciting and I hope that the audio books are a big success for you!

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    1. It's a fun way to revisit your characters.

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  8. Great stuff here, Donna. I should catch up on your audiobook parts. :)

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  9. our radars are always tuned in for dragons!

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  10. I didn't think of all those things an author had to consider when doing an audiobook. Interesting info.

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    1. I didn't either until I got involved myself.

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  11. If someone read mine somewhat differently, my perfectionist side might claw a curtain down. Then take a deep breath and calmly and ever so politely ask them not to. Haha!
    Child sex slaves... so disheartening and thanks for bringing awareness of change for those making the difference and those gaining that benefit of change! My heart goes out to them! I just hate how cruel people are.

    Have fun with white dragon, Donna!! (Hugs)

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    1. Most of the differences were subtle. If they worked, I kept them.

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  12. Awesome Facebook group, and what a great cause! You're amazing to be a part of it.

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    1. We're working on some ideas to do more than spread the word. I'll share once I have more information.

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  13. I just joined the Facebook group so I can learn more about the O.U.R.

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    1. Good for you! They have some great ideas for ways to help raise money to save these poor kids.

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