If you’ve ever wondered how all those audiobooks on Audible, and iTunes, and your local library, get made … well I can’t tell you exactly how they got made, but I can tell you how mine did.
- Write, re-write, get edits, re-write, get proofreading done, make corrections, source image, commission cover, code eBook, create paperback, put book up for sale, grow readership … etc. Basically, publish the book!
- So, a few people like the book? Why not make an audiobook?
- Think about it for a long time. Put it on your to-get-around-to list. Read every blog post you see on audiobooks. Visit some audiobook sites.
- Finally get off your butt and ask your American friend and colleague (and great writer – seriously, read her stuff) Mara Dabrishus if she’ll be your audiobook publisher since ACX won’t let Canadians publish with them.
- Mara says yes. Oh. Wow. Guess it’s time to do this thing.
- Listen to a bunch of narrators. Search by age, accent, style, etc. Listen some more.
- Find Cody Schreger. Go to her website. Listen to her commercial voiceovers. Think “this woman could never be my narrator … could she?” Email Cody. Freak out when she says Yes.
- Mess around with an online contract, while Cody records five minutes of the book. Decide you’re both happy with the contract, and you’re happy (ecstatic) with Cody’s recording.
- Go! Cody is in Brooklyn, New York recording your book (so weird).
- Cody sends all the files back to you, and you listen in a bizarre, surreal way to your book being read by a professional narrator, and sometimes you forget it’s your own book …
- Still – stay alert, notice errors (hardly any), note them down.
- Send corrections to Cody, Cody does corrections, Cody resends files …
- … files go to Mara (who has already, brilliantly, turned your book cover into a square as required by ACX.
- Mara uploads, presses publish, and now, today …
Appaloosa Summer is published as an audiobook.
(Here’s a sample!)
Now comes the selling part.
If you’re already an Audible user, I would love it if you could download Appaloosa Summer.
If you’re not, but have been thinking about trying Audible – even better (in a way) – if you sign up for a free thirty-day trial, and Appaloosa Summer is the first book you choose, I get a “bounty” (their term) payment of $50US. Which would be very useful in helping me get Wednesday Riders recorded … just sayin’
I’d love to hear from you – do you like audiobooks? If so, when do you listen to them? If not, why haven’t you tried them yet? Send me any of your audiobook thoughts!