My author, Patricia A. Knight, has courageously charged ahead in the production of her first audiobook and lives to tell the tale! We got the first 2 days or her documented excursions before illness stabbed her in the throat.
From Wednesday afternoon on, PAK has been down with a severe cold and no matter how she tries, she couldn't duplicate the same voice when she started on Monday.
So, for those following her on her blog, that's why she hasn't given us more.
Now as a publisher, I'm amazed and proud of Patricia for wanting to under-go voicing her own audiobook. I don't think many authors have the ability to make the recording sound professional, but after listening to her short excerpts, I'm confident she can pull it off!
Now, finding a recording studio was easy. Simple ask your VA--I mean, go to Google and search for recording studios in (your city here). Now, if you're close to Seattle, and like your studio in a treehouse, you might want to check out Bear Creek Studios. (See the video below.)
While I had to find a place that was closer to my author, I might have tried to send her to this one if she was in Washington. However, we found Sunfire Studios and the guys there have treated PAK with professionalism and kindness.
But before I hired them, here are the questions I asked:
1. Have you had authors come in for audio recordings before?
2. Are you able to meet the requirements needed by ACX to upload the audio files?
3. What format will I be receiving the audio files in?
4. What is your price per hour for my author to come in and do the recording? Does that include editing?
5. How long will it take you to wrap up and complete the project?
I was also required to give 50% deposit of an estimated amount. I figured it might take Patricia 12 hours to do a 60,000 word recording. Since this is my first audiobook, it was only an estimate. As of Wednesday she had it half completed and she'd been at the microphone for approximately 12 hours.
Patricia will be returning when her voice resumes its usual work. Also, I think the guys at Sunfire Studios want to know how the book ends :)
ACTION ITEM: If interested in seeing the journey of an author make her first audiobook, check out Patricia's blog HERE!
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