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Time for Audiobooks



So we all know I haven’t written and published any books for what has been over five years now. And by we, I mean me and the few fans I have.

But I’ve gotten a little jolt lately to market all the stuff I have written in the past and I’ve seen some good results.

Then I had another idea. Why don’t I start publishing my books as audiobooks? So a quick Bing search later (yes, you heard that right) and I found ACX. A company that is SURPRISE! owned by Amazon that allows you to produce audiobooks. I thought maybe I could do it myself at home and gave it a test.

Boy was I wrong. Getting those audio levels to meet the ACX spec isn’t easy. Since I couldn’t do it, the next obvious step was to find someone else who could. Fortunately, ACX allows me to do that. I put up Imaginary Me and browsed the plethora of narrators on the service. They all have sample readings on their profiles so I am able to listen for a voice that would fit my tale told from the perspective of an imaginary friend perfectly. ACX offers a nice filtering system so you can narrow down the type of voice you’re looking for easily.

I contacted some of the narrators making them aware of my book. And since putting it up the other day, I’ve received auditions using the sample script I uploaded for Imaginary Me. I have to say it’s AWESOME to hear how someone interprets what I wrote and bring it to life through their reading. Hearing how they do the character voices and express emotion for the words I came up with is so cool.

At this point, I will be choosing a narrator within the week basing it not only on their voice but their ability to interpret accurately my intent in the writing. Along with this, allowing some creative license with their reading is important. So I’m looking for someone who isn’t afraid to try to be creative and, as a result, making the reading better than I imagined when I wrote it.

Who will the narrator be? You’ll find out soon enough!

Here are links to the top auditions I received (in no particular order):

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