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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Travel Writer/Novelist Shares Audio Production Experience

Welcome to guest blogger Linda Ballou. She is a travel writer, speaker and novelist. I asked her to share her experiencing producing an audio book from her novel Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii, a book of historical fiction.

Free Audio Production for Your Book? . . . ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
By Linda Ballou

Friends kept asking me when would Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii be available in audio format. I wanted to comply, but it seemed a daunting task. Then I learned about www.acx.com.

It is an arm of Amazon that makes creating an audio book a snap. Just go onto the Audible site, list your book with the first chapter on the authors section of the site. Then go to the narrators list and ask for auditions from those that sound right for your book. I only wanted to hear samples of readers who were willing to work on royalty, rather than being paid an hourly amount for their work which averages about $200. 00 per edited hour. Audible gets 50% and all distribution rights in the shared royalty arrangement and the narrator and the author split the remaining 50%.

I requested auditions from several women who sounded right for my book. Within days there were links to sample readings of my work. I selected Christine Padovan who has received many awards for her narrations. I am very excited to have such a powerful ally in marketing and can’t wait to hear the finished product. Friends who love audible books will be able to listen to Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawai’i in 2014!

  Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

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