Introduction: What we will talk about today
How to prepare for an audiobook
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.