Further adventures in audiobooking: Dancing on the WInd

Cat 243 Doverby Mary Jo

I made a flash announcement here when the audiobook version of Dancing on the Wind MaryJoPutney_DancingontheWind_Audiofinally went live two weeks ago, but I wanted to ruminate a bit more on the process.  This is the third audiobook that I've produced, and each time there have been more things to learn.  

Though I'm still a novice, for me the key points are:

1) The first big challenge is finding The Voice. Someone I like listening to, and who will also appeal to regular audio listeners.  I have a fondness for a lovely deep male voice (calling James Earl Jones!!!), but a man with a naturally deep voice will probably have trouble with lighter female voices, just as a woman with a lighter, higher voice might have trouble with male characters.  A skilled narrator doesn't actually imitate multiple voices, but implies them through accent, inflection, pacing, and other verbal tricks.  Doing that consistently throughout a full length book takes a real pro.

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Creating The Bargain in audio

Cat 243 Doverby Mary Jo

The audiobook of The Bargain has just gone live! My story of the heiress who marries a dying man in order to secure her inheritance–and then he doesn't have the grace to die!–has always been a reader favorite, which is why I thought it worth putting into audio.

Last year I decided to produce my first backlist audio book, Thunder and Roses,I used Thunder and Roses audioACX.com, the audio production arm of Amazon, which brings together producers and potential narrators.  I posted an audition and listened to many samples from different narrators, pulling my hair because they were all good, but who would be the best choice?  

For The Bargain, I found a narrator by pure luck. A fantasy writer friend had met British fantasy author and narrator Emma Newman at a conference, so she sent me a link for possible future use.

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