- C.L. Schneider
Immerse yourself in the time-spanning epic tale of Ian Troy in a whole new way! Magic-Price is now on Audible! It has been a fun and exciting journey working with my talented narrator, Daniel Storm, and I couldn't be more pleased with the finished product.
In the beginning, though, I was hesitant. I wanted to offer my stories in all formats, but I was far from an expert. I had no idea what would make a good audiobook. I'd only listened to a handful in my entire life. When I started getting more and more inquiries from readers, asking when The Crown of Stones would be available on audio, I knew it was time to learn the process. I liked the idea of transporting someone to the world of Mirra'kelan in a whole new way. I wanted to see Ian's story brought to life. I knew I needed an experienced narrator with professional equipment. Other than that, I wasn't sure what to expect or how to go about it.
I had questions.
What qualities should I look for in a narrator?
Would I find someone who could do justice to my characters?
How much should I expect it cost me?
How much input should I expect to have?
What type of time commitment does it require?
Would it be worth the time and investment? Would anyone buy it?
It was easier not to find out, so I stayed in my comfort zone and procrastinated a while longer. I might still be there, if it wasn't for a narrator reaching out to me. He stumbled upon The Crown of Stones, liked the story, and approached me about doing the narration. His interest was the push I needed to dive in. Now, months later, Magic-Price is out on audio, and Daniel and I are ready to embark on the journey again with Magic-Scars.
What did I learn along the way?
I didn't need to be an expert.
One of the most important qualities to look for in a narrator is their interest and passion for the project. Finding someone you can work with, who is committed to bringing your vision to life is key.
Can't afford to pay upfront? There are many quality narrators who participate in the royalty share program with ACX. If you don't feel ACX is right for you, there are other options out there to explore.
Yes, it's an old saying, but it's true: you get out what you put in. Provide your narrator with the time and the tools they need from the start to not only know, but embody, your characters. Voice clips and detailed character profiles can go a long way.
This is a team effort. Your narrator works with you, not for you.
Be involved with the process. Speak up. But don't ask for the impossible.
Keep a dialogue going with your narrator. Review and edit each chapter as you go. If an important word is being mispronounced, don't get ten chapters in without finding out.
Don't rush. Yes, it will take time of your busy day. But you both want a product you can be proud of. Commit to making one worthy of a listener's money and their time.
Listen to the finished product. It's your last chance to catch little things you missed along the way and review requested edits. Most importantly, reviewing larger pieces of the story at one time (versus chapter by chapter), provides more continuity and a chance to experience the audiobook as a listener would.
None of those are earth shattering revelations. None of them will guarantee you a smooth experience, a top quality audiobook, or a single sale. Being involved with production and finding someone you can work with, however, will make for a much more positive experience. I enjoyed the process so much, I've already selected someone to narrate the Nite Fire Series. I can't wait to get started!
Purchase Magic-Price on audio, listen to a sample, listen free with a free trial of Audible, or read free on Kindle Unlimited. Stay tuned for a special sale on the entire trilogy to celebrate the audible release of Magic-Price!
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