Last month I posted about the process of turning your print/ebook into an audio book using ACX. I've now contracted a narrator or producer as they are actually called and she is perfect for the reading. I've checked out her website and she looks exactly how I pictured Kelly looking so her voice and looks actually are a perfect fit for Finally Home. I posted on my blog this past Sunday a bit about my narrator and links to her website and twitter as she has a podcast going and would like some followers.
I will tell you this, if you are considering putting your book(s) up as audios, the process is not a fast one because the narrators actually get offers during times they are working on projects. If you plan on going this route, remember that the word of the day is PATIENCE. If you don't get any auditions in the first couple of days, persevere and listen to more sample files and contact several narrators. When contacting them asking them to audition for your book, mention what caught your attention on their sample files, tell them a little about your book and what you are looking for for the final book.
Several folks have commented that the process has gone rather quickly for me, but in reality, I started looking for a narrator right after hearing Nina Bruhns from Entangled Publishing mention it at our local Sisters in Crime meeting, the 7th of February. I listened to over 50 samples and contacted my top 3 choices (including the one I've actually contracted), and after getting their auditions, listened to a few more voice samples and contacted about 3 or 4 more before I actually got the audition from the producer I settled with. By that time, I had already made a contract. Before narrowing my choices down by genre, gender, payment type, the options were over 10,000 narrators. When I narrowed it down by genre (teens), gender (female for obvious reasons - a male wouldn't be able to do Kelly and Emma Louise justice), and payment type (royalty split opposed to upfront payments), I ended up with 79 voice files to listen to, but two of those were actually male (and how they slipped in there with me specifying female, I'll never know). Of those 79, there were several samples by the same person or people, so I didn't really have 79 files to listen to. Once I listened to the files and if something piqued my interest, I would then go to the narrator's page and check out their other sample files and their credentials and all the other things in their profile. Then I made contact if I liked what I saw and heard.
I think this is a great route to go and if you are not in the United States or probably in North America (I think Canadians are included in the ACX process), I hope there are other platforms out there for you to get your books out as audios.
For the release of the audiobook I've taken Finally Home off smashwords and Nook and put it in the KDP select program. I will be offering the kindle version as a freebie on April 15 and 16 and again the end of May/first part of June (May 31-June 2). I hope to have the audio released about the same time as my first freebie offering and hopefully more projects will be in the works by then. I hope to get back to my state stories soon, trying to raise money via a funding campaign on IndieGoGo, to pay my illustrator so we can get the series completed in the near future, and maybe look into doing more of a series with my characters from Finally Home so there are a lot of pokers in the fire, I just need to get myself in gear and get to work. I'm still looking for some story ideas to turn my character-driven story into a series, so if anyone would like to brainstorm some ideas for the characters, I'm open and can be reached at eeldering (@) gmail (dot) com.
See you all in the postings - E :)
Author of Finally Home, a middle grade/YA mystery very much like a Nancy Drew mystery
Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), 50-state, mystery, trivia series - Where will the adventure take you next?
Ms. Eldering is the award-winning author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), 50-state, mystery, trivia series. Her stories "Train of Clues" (available in print and as an ebook on kindle), "The Proposal" (available as an ebook), "Tulip Kiss" (available as an ebook), and "Butterfly Halves", all placed first, second, or runner up in various contests to include two for Armchair Interviews and two for Echelon Press (Fast and ... themed type contests). Her story "Bride-and-Seek" (available as an ebook) was selected for the South Carolina Writers' Workshop (SCWW) anthology, the Petigru Review. She also has written several other short stories for contests including the second place winning story, "Zombies Amuck", and "La Cave". Ms. Eldering makes her home in upper state South Carolina and loves to travel, read, cross stitch and crochet. When she's not busy with grown children still at home, working her full-time job as a medical transcriptionist or participating in virtual classroom visits, she can be found at various homeschool or book events and festivals promoting her writing.