Writers try hard to be a unique voice and to reach out to as many people as possible. This is the reason why every writer should try audiobooks. Some people don’t read but listen. As technology today is aiding this long-forgotten section of listeners, new writers should buckle up and record their books. Let’s find out how to create an audiobook.
#1 Preparation of the book for recording
With the decision of creating an audiobook comes the preparations for changing your manuscript ready for recording. As there is no help from pictures or maps, it is important to make it in words so that listener can understand.
#2 Make the call
It’s important to decide whether you’re going to hire a professional to record yourself. This decision can vary based on your skillset and budget. If you’re a podcaster or have previous experiences of working with narrations in a studio you can opt for recording it yourself, but if you’re not so well versed with it, it’s better to go for a professional. First-time fiction authors should consider hiring a professional as fictional reading is way more complicated, but in the case of nonfiction, you can give it a try in the first go.
#3 Setting up
The next thing to do is getting ready for recording the book. If you’ve decided to do it yourself or with the help of a professional, the next question to face is, where to record it. The two options are a proper studio or create a home studio. If you opted for working with a professional, they might help you with the setup. If you’re planning to write more books and record it, it will be great to set up a home studio, this will include buying a mic, finding a proper soundproof place for recording (this can be your closet as well). This decision is also dependent on budget, future needs, etc.
#4 Record and edit
Read your story a couple of times before recording. If you’re working with a professional help them feel the story by sharing your experiences writing it. An audio producer will help to get things done smoothly. A professional editor is highly recommended. If not you can try out softwares like audacity.
If you’re working with a traditional publisher they’ll take care of this part, but if you are a self-published author you want to research and find out the perfect place for you. Audible, iTunes, audiobook.com, etc. are the big names in the industry. Do thorough research and a place that suits best for your book.
Audiobooks are an effective way of improving profit as well as reaching an audience beyond the targeted ones. In this era, it is essential as a writer to adapt to the needs of reads as well as technology. Analyze your skill set, budget, research, and connect. Don’t hesitate to try new things. Find your voice.
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This article was written by Irin Anna Cherian.