Genesis of audiobooks (for me)
I love writing. I love telling stories. When I began writing books, ebooks were just starting to be popular. My publisher printed copies of my first novel but it was several months before they made it available as an ebook. My next four novels were self-published and I made it a point to always produce an ebook as I formatted a print-on-demand book. It made sense. More people actually purchased ebooks than POD books but I believe they are both necessary.
I began listening to books-on-tape many years ago. They have always been great to listen to but in the past few years the demand for them has exploded. When they first came out, as cassette tapes, a novel might cost $25 but the public library carried a good selection of them. Then they were CDs and eventually downloadable from the internet. I get new books to listen to almost every week and they come from the public library.
“Doing” and Audiobook
Just like options to self-publish print-on-demand books and ebooks, audiobooks can be “self-produced.” I’m finding the process to be daunting. The reason audiobooks are expensive to purchase is that they are often expensive to produce. Hiring talent to narrate the book or studio time to record is very costly. Doing-it-yourself takes some no-how and a good quality microphone.
I decided to record my own books. I have a decent voice and I know how I want my books to sound but one of the biggest hurdles seems to be finding quiet time to actually do the recording. Knowing how I want the recording to sound makes me my own toughest critic so it is hard to re-listen and approve what I have recorded.
Nevertheless, I’m trying. I’m recording one chapter at a time and doing the editing. I can’t wait until I get to the part where I can finally prepare the files to submit to the company that will actually produce the book.
My parents both have lost or are losing their vision. They love books and have found audiobooks to be a wonderful way to continue “reading” the books they love. I would love for them to be able to enjoy my books too and hope to complete at least one while they are able to listen to them.
Still to Come
I will share my thoughts about audiobooks and the hurdles I have to jump to get my first audiobook into production. Check back soon for more about self-publishing your own audiobook.by