Audiobook Discussion

Audiobook Discussion

  • Introduction: What we  will talk about today

    • How to prepare for an audiobook

      • Manuscript

      • Audition script

      • Platform

      • Financial approach

 

  • This week in critiques:

    • Emily: the PoV is at odds with the story.

      • Inside character’s head but still keeping secrets.

    • The Dress in Mike’s story & target audience

    • J’s student requesting feedback...


 

Preparing the Audition & Manuscript

  • Polished Manuscript

    • Edited, particularly grammar and spelling, becauses they will read it as is.

    • Listen to your manuscript

      • When thoughts could be understood as dialogue

        • Fix with tags

      • When dialogue could be understood as thoughts

        • Fix with tags

      • Tongue Twisters, and excessive alliteration

        • Example:

          • Peter Piper Picked a …

          • Louise Lane loved long lavender ...

      • Pronunciation of strange words,  or non-english(native/base language words) words

        • Include pronunciation guide or links

          • My own manuscript had both Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin

            • Voc Populi Voc Dei

    • Character Sketches for major characters

      • Character comparison to an actor in a specific roll. Links to that in a video  clip

        • William Stephenson

          • Sean Connery as John Mason in The Rock

      • Details on how the character reacts in various emotionally tense situations, particularly if that is contrary to a common response.

        • Alice Taylor finds violence funny.

    • Sub character details

      • Is there anything in the manuscript that will help the Narrator know how to read certain minor characters

        • Kelly - mentioned he had a southern accent

        • Lawyer in Florida

          • HE gave them southern accents because Florida is part of the south.

        • Becky Davis: high nasal voice

    • Audition Script

      • Contain selections from each major character in at least 2 different emotional situations

      • Contain thoughts & PoV narrative for the two most prominent characters.

        • See how each narrator differentiates thoughts from dialogue for the character will the most screen time.

        • See how the narrator approaches the general narrative differently for each PoV character.

          • Not all will.

      • Attach your character sketches

    • Do You Have the audio rights?

      • Relevant if you’ve gone through traditional publishing

        • Lisa Wilson

          • Traditional Publishing, but contract allowed her to retain Audio Rights

Platforms & Finding Talent:

  • Old School Agency Contact

    • Contact Talent Agencies and get listed as a project

    • Interested parties will contact you and take part in the audition

      • Submission

      • Live audition

  • ACX

    • Only Available in US & Canada

      • Companies in the US and Canada will take you on as a client and submit to ACX for you.

    • 7 Year Contract: for Royalty Share

  • D2D (Voices)

The Others

  • Whisper Sync

    • 97% match to text

  • Royalty Share vs. Per per produced hour

Marketing for this week:

    • Focus on one thing at a time. Stick to your marketing plan.