In our Indie Epublishing World, it’s all about been there done that, or I think I’ll try this or perhaps that, or nope that one doesn’t seem to be working, or ohhh yeahhh that one is definitely working, or better yet, gosh I love the “sound” of that so okay let’s see how that could work in my multi-media empire.
Basically, we all make a ton of big decisions, right?!
And, we are building multi-media empires, not just filling cyber shelves with our Ebooks.
Now that we have the opportunity to take our books from Indie Ebooks to Audio Books via Audible’s ACX, we’ve got even more fabulous decisions to make!
I began my Audio Book Journey with my Bootscootin’ Books back in February 2012. You can read all about my experiences in several posts I’ve published here on The WG2E. Start here (the links to all of the additional posts are included in this one):
In December 2012, I was thrilled to participate in a fabulous Blog Talk Radio Show, hosted by Bestselling Author and Bestselling Audio Book Author Elaine Raco Chase and the President of ACX/VP of Audible, Jason Ojalvo. Grab a beverage and settle in for this terrific show! You’ll learn a ton about the Audio Book and Audible ACX world – from narrators, authors and ACX!
(Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 8 PM EST)…My spot starts around the 1-hour, 12-minute mark:
That show got me to thinking about what I wanted out of my future Audio Book projects…
After listening to a variety of Audio Books, I decided what I really liked a lot were those books using both male and female narrators. I have a strong theater background, so maybe it was that instinct that drove me. But whatever the reason, my gut told me to pursue this type of “sound” next.
So, when I posted my next two series for auditions on Audible ACX – The Cozy Cash Mysteries and The Stuck with a Series, I mentioned I was looking for a male/female duo or even an ensemble-style cast.
***Note: This time, I also went with the paid per finished hour (pfh) approach. That means I’m paying my narrators so much per finished hour for each book versus the royalty-split option I did before. In my case, I’m paying between $200-$250 per hour. The narrators split that, however they decide to, between them. And wow did that method of payment attract fabulous narrators to choose from and a whole bunch of ‘em too. I had a hard time getting narrators using the royalty-split option.
Wait till you hear my new narrators…
Jeffrey Kafer will be producing my Stuck with a Series Books (which will be released in early February 2013).
Professional Award-winning audiobook narrator/producer of 60+ titles spanning thrillers, mysteries, drama, comedy and non-fiction
Jeffrey, along with a very talented female narrator as well, will read this series with Jeffrey doing the chapters from the male point of view (POV) and his co-narrator taking the chapters in the female POV.
Marshall Davis of Davis Sound, LLC will be recording my Cozy Cash Mysteries.
Professional and affordable studio recording for audio books an voice-overs
Davis Sound is an audio recording business set up to cover a wide and complementary range of services. Within these services is audio recording, editing, and mastering provided in our ProTools based 24-track studio. This audio recording capability is used for music, audio books, book trailers, voice-overs, or other similar applications that can be used for promotion.
Davis Sound also provides information and highlights music of various artists associated with Davis Sound, including links to sites where their music can be purchased and downloaded. In time, more musicians that work with Davis Sound will be added.
What’s really cool about what Marshall and his actors are doing is that they are actually going to act out the books. Meaning, that whenever both of my male and female characters are in a scene, that’s the way they will read them. The male actor takes the male characters and lines, and the female handles all of the female characters and lines.
So, there you have it!
Going from Indie Ebooks to Audio Books means New “Sounds,” New Narrators and New Ideas!!!
Share with us your Ebook to Audio Book Experiences…we’d luuuvv to hear about them…
The Best of Multi-Media Empire Building Wishes — D. D. Scott
D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Comedy and Humorous Mystery Author. She’s also a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy and Indie Epublishing, the Co-Founder of The WG2E- The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, and the Founder of The RG2E – The Reader’s Guide to E-publishing. You can get all the scoop on her, her books, her Online Classes and Live Workshops, plus juicy tidbits too from her new cyber home…D. D. Scott-ville.