These past couple of months have been crazy-busy! Just since June I’ve seen four of my books turned into audio books with another three to go before September!
For those who are curious about the process, I thought I’d share exactly how it works. Note: this may differ for self-published authors’ books, but this is how it works when your publisher handles the back and forth between the narrators and the finished product.
Step 1: Once you’ve signed an audio book contract with your publisher, they use your request parameters to put out a call for auditions. Sometimes you get one or two, sometimes more.
Step 2: You listen to the audition clips and choose the one you think best suits your story. The publisher does have input here but, so far, they’ve always gone with my choice.
Step 3: You receive an audio clip of the first chapter. This is where you listen for issues with tone, accent, pace, and make suggestions. If all is well, the narrator completes the book using your suggestions/requests.
Step 4: You received the entire book, broken down by chapters in separate audio files. Using the final pdf of your book, you go through chapter by chapter looking for mistakes in the recording. There’s an audio galley form you fill out with chapter, page number, and audio recording time, to help guide the narrator to the required correction.
Step 5: Once the corrections have been made, you either get the files for the entire book one last time (depends on the publisher), or you get the files that pertain only to the requested corrections. Once this final process is complete, you sit back and wait for your book to go live on the various audio platforms.
Personally, I usually have an idea going into the project as to the type of narrator I want. For instance, my futuristic/paranormal/alien romance, The Vessel, is written entirely in the hero’s point-of-view. So, of course, my preference was for a male narrator … and boy did I get a great one in D. Paul Faulkner! Here’s a recap of the story:
A career soldier, Major Liam McGregor has been following strict military orders for over a decade. Considered one of the best by his superiors, it’s not surprising he’s the operative chosen for an assignment that, if successful, could save mankind.
Alora, second daughter of the House of Delawon, is their last hope. A government protectee since her family’s transport crash landed on earth years earlier, she is the last surviving fempod from Tethys, one of Saturn’s habitable moons.
Together Liam and Alora must travel from the government’s safe house in what used to be the state of Colorado to Traverse City, the new capitol of the United Republic. Their route takes through both safe and hostile territory.
What poses more of a threat? The lawless marauders who’ll stop at nothing to vanquish their prey? Or, the forbidden desires tempting the soldier and the alien princess?
You can listen to a 4-minute sample at Audible.
And, of course, there’s a trailer …
I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at The Vessel. I’ll preview my other summer audio books in upcoming posts.
Until then, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and staying cool in the heat!