I am an experienced BBC trained producer and I can create a professional, studio-recorded Audiobook from your novel; or convert your non-fiction e-books or training manuals into engaging and valuable audio versions!
Maybe you have written a series of existing e-books that you sell as Kindle books or via pdf file- but if there are AUDIO versions available as well recorded by a professional voiceover in a broadcast studio, your assets are worth far more to sell on.
The great thing about audio books, is that they’re more useful and more attractive to buyers; they can listen to your book in their car, on the train, at the gym, in their kitchen, wherever.
So if you’re selling books of any kind, you really need to have an audio version of it available, because buyers are prepared to pay to have it! You may also want to burn the files onto a set of retro CDs and create attractive packaging so you can charge more for the extra perceived value of the physical media.
So what’s the difference between short and longer reads for a voiceover like me? Surely it’s just a case of reading for longer? Well, no! For “long-haul” voice sessions, it’s really important to keep the listener in mind throughout the recording. Sometimes things written down come over very differently when read; you have to look out of these and adapt the ebb and flow of the pace of your voice to ensure the full meanings come across. Plus the timings between sentences is important as well; using dramatic pauses correctly in reading novels, especially where there are different characters speaking.
With all my projects, YOU, the client choose the style and the speed you’d like me to read – there are plenty of examples on this page and on my home page. Then after you have chosen a style, I’ll record the first page of your script and check with you it’s OK before tackling the rest. This I do completely FREE of charge, and you’re welcome to walk away without owing me anything at this stage if you don’t like what I do!
Don’t forget that everything is recorded in a BBC-quality audio studio using a £2,000 Neumann professional microphone. You’ll get edited, optimised files in whatever type of file you require. If you are going to sell your book via Amazon / Audible / ACX, then I will optimise the technical characteristics for this platform.
If you want to keep all your audio book profits yourself, then you will pay £250 per hour of finished, edited, optimised material and you have all the rights. If you don’t want to pay a penny, please register your book on Amazon’s ACX platform (www.ACX.com) It stands for Audiobook Creation Exchange. If you’d like me to read your book for 50% of the profits, convince me it has solid commercial potential. We’ll do the deal via ACX, and often authors wished they had paid me the buyout fee, and I often receive far more money in royalties! It’s up to you.
Fee: £250 per finished hour.
(Or $350US) This fee includes all rights in all media for ever.
OR subject to availability, I’ll record for FREE but we share 50 / 50 rights via the Amazon ACX platform.
Work with me on your audiobook direct, or find me on the Audiobook Creation Exchange, set up by Amazon / Audible. www.ACX.com
For an Audiobook, here’s what you need to tell me before I record it for you…
– Firstly, can you confirm with me that you have the rights of the material to have it recorded?
– Then….How many sections has your script? Do these need to be in different files, or different CD tracks?
– Can you confirm that these sections (if any) are clearly marked on your script?
– Can you let me know about any unusual pronunciations, and that they are clearly marked up on the script? Send me “Howjsay” or “Forvo” links if they are on there. If not, send me your own mp3 recordings of the pronunciation. What technical format do you require the mastered file(s) in?
.wav , .aiff, or in .mp3 format at maybe 96 kb/sec, 128kb/sec, or 256kb/sec? If it’s for Audible, let me know and I’ll know the exact specifications of each file and what is needed.
– I’m totally professional and I definitely won’t let you down; give me solid professional direction and I’ll follow it.
– You own the rights of the files; the fee is a total “buy out” one. No surprise invoices when you sell a million!
– All recordings are done in a broadcast quality studio and all files are edited with no re-takes or mistakes and fully technically optimised (normalised and lightly compressed) as part of the service.
QUESTIONS? Call +44 7831 231 869 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you like the samples above, please contact me and I’ll get recording!
For example, for a factual book, should I sound like the author, as if it were my own words, sounding natural and ad-libbing, or should it sound like a narrator reading a script? For a story or novel, do you want every character to have a different type of voice or accent? If so identify what you would like these to be.
Many clients prefer a “straighter” read with little acting required. To get inspiration, there are some excerpts below, or listen to any other audiobook you like and send me links to them.
If you need more convincing about what a great idea it is to convert your e-books into audio books, read on!
Have you ever been on a long car journey on your own? I mean a really, long, tedious, boring journey, when you’re simply not interested in anything on the radio, you really don’t want to listen to the junk CDs your spouse left you in the car, and you’re even bored with the thoughts in your head!
Then, you think of those intriguing e-books you bought some weeks ago. You downloaded them to your memory stick, hoping to read them in a break time at work. Like you ever get a decent break at work, right?
Then you killed a tree and printed the whole e-book off on 262 pages, but you forgot to take it with you on your road trip. Not of course that you could read while you drive, anyway. But you could… LISTEN!
If only you had bought the downloadable mp3 or audio CD version of the e-books! You’d be totally engaged on your journey, perking up your spirits and helping your concentration on your driving as well. But hang on a minute. There wasn’t an option to BUY any audio version. Oh dear.
OK, this next bit’s aimed at e-book writers, publishers and internet marketers. If you’ve written a magnificent e-book, packed with information, tips or is just an entertaining good laugh, it’s no good if nobody reads it.
Admit it, these days everyone is incredibly busy. We have to make media more accessible. If you had published your e-book with an audio option, more people would have had the time to listen to it on public transport, going for a walk, or on that tedious, awful long car journey; they would have told their friends about it and you’d get more copies sold.
But, guess what? An audio version of your e-book, read by a professional voice artist, neatly edited with audio optimised by compression and EQ, and encoded as an mp3 or on a physical Audio CD, actually has a far HIGHER perceived value than a mere pdf text file. Yes, the same material could make you even more money as an e-book publisher or internet marketer. You’d be able to charge 25%, 50% or even 100% more for the same material.
So why not go back to your collection of e-books out there for sale on your own sites or on sale in the Amazon Kindle Shop and think how they could be enjoyed by the poor souls enduring a very long, desperately elongated journey.
Simply find a professional voiceover artist; check out their voice samples to make sure their style would suit your e-book then get the best rate from them, ensuring you insist on a total “buy out” fee. This means you don’t have to pay them anymore even if your audio book or podcast gets to number 1!
Next, market your Audio Book; sell it on itunes or on the Amazon Audible site; there are many, many others, and make money. Then next time YOU’RE on a long, long car journey, take a quick look at the drivers next to you.
If they’re smiling, they could be listening to and really enjoying, one of your audio books!