Audiobook

How to Narrate Audiobooks on ACX

Last Fall, I was looking for a narrator for my first novel, Devils Glen. Like most people, a quick Google brought me to ACX, Amazon’s audiobook creation service that hooks authors up with voice talent to create and produce audiobooks to be sold on Amazon/Audible and iTunes.

I went to ACX and set up my book for auditions and waited. Within a day or two, auditions began to roll in, and I would be generous in saying that the quality of some of the performances left a lot to be desired. The one or two great auditions I did receive, asked for a considerable amount of money up front.

As I thought about it, I decided–hey, I’ve got a pretty good voice, a theatre background, and I’ve always liked to read aloud. Why don’t I just do my own audiobook? Crazy, right?

Well, after a bit of a learning curve, and a lot of trial and error, I can honestly say I’m glad I did it. I was able to produce a pretty dang good audio version of my novel and I may have found a nice little side career to boot. I even booked a narrating gig for a steamy romance novel, which was just released on Amazon and iTunes, Hot Shade by Tamara Lush.

I’m going to share with you the most helpful information I found online. With very little money up front, you too can get going turning your own novel into an audiobook. Who knows? You may even start up your own narrating career. And remember, we’re keeping it simple.

Audiobook, Crow Creek, Kindle Scout

Devils Glen Audiobook on Audible and iTunes!

The Devils Glen audiobook is available right now on Amazon/Audible and iTunes. I narrated it myself and let me tell you, that was quite the undertaking. The thing was way more work than I had anticipated, but I learned a lot and found something I enjoy doing in the process. Who knows? I might narrate all my future books–and books for other authors too!

Hopefully, those of you who don’t have the time to read but spend a lot of time commuting or traveling will enjoy getting a chance to listen to it instead. If you’ve never done the audiobook thing, check out Audible on Amazon. Of course, if you’re an iPhone/iPad/Mac person, iTunes might be the way to go for you.

Audiobook, Devils Glen, Kindle

New Year News

Hey everyone, and happy new year! I hope you all had fantastic holidays and got to spend time with your loved ones. Our family had a great Christmas, and the break was quite relaxing. Rosie loved having all her peeps home with her!

Speaking of Rosie–she’s adjusting to her new life and seems to be fitting in quite well in our home. Her separation anxiety is calming down as she becomes more confident in her surroundings, which is good news for our stuff. She and the cats are struggling to get along, but gradually they’re coming around. However, I have to say that seeing a little cat chase a German Shepherd out of a bedroom is pretty damn funny. Hopefully, they’ll be fast friends soon so we won’t have to keep them separate all the time.

DEVILS GLEN AUDIO

Good news! We’re putting together the audiobook for Devils Glen, and it’s going quite well. I’ll announce the details on Facebook and Twitter soon–hopefully within the next couple of weeks. It will be available on Amazon/Audible and iTunes. It’s fun, but kind of frustrating at the same time.

It’s interesting to go back now and read it again after all these months–interesting and frustrating too.  I see so many things I wish I’d done differently in hindsight. You go through rounds and rounds of editing and re-writing, cleaning up and fixing, checking and re-checking, and still, there’s always room for improvement! It’s been a learning experience, for sure.