As we count down to a new year, I wanted to take a moment to update you on some of my activities this year. Much of this article originally appeared in my profile earlier this week on the Eargasms Audiobook Review site. I appreciated the great questions from audiobook listeners and encourage you to read them.
During 2015, I’ve drastically increased my efforts to help authors and publishers with a backlist understand the audiobook production process and get more of their titles into audio! I wrote a number of articles and created some videos, which I will detail in a moment.
New Links In My Discography
Rest assured, my writing and video production activities are mere extensions of my greatest passion, which is audiobook narration! I’m delighted to announce I released 8 new audiobooks in 2015!
My first release of 2015 was BLY VS BISLAND: BEATING PHILEAS FOGG IN A RACE AROUND THE WORLD, which the talented Melissa Reizian Frank narrated with me. It was a very special narration project, and the story behind the story still gives me chills!
In addition, I performed:
- cozy mysteries — DEAD PAN by Gayle Trent and ONE HOOF IN THE GRAVE by Carolyn McSparren
- suspense and romantic suspense — DEADLY BLESSINGS by Julie Hyzy and WHAT SHE DOESN’T SEE by Debra Webb
- history —THE STORY OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY by Benjamin Levine and Isabelle Story, THE TRIAL OF SUSAN B ANTHONY by Ann D. Gordon (I edited the text to make it more suitable for an audiobook), and Susan B. Anthony’s famous 1873 speech IS IT A CRIME FOR A US CITIZEN TO VOTE
You can hear samples of my 2015 releases in this Soundcloud playlist:
Articles and Videos
I started the year by creating and, of course, narrating a 41-minute video Setting Sail In Audiobooks that explains reasons every author should have audiobooks and offers concrete suggestions for writing with audio in mind and using ACX.com to create audiobooks. I also created and narrated a 3-minute video that demonstrates Amazon’s Whispersync between the Kindle ebook and Audible audiobook.
In June, my friend and fellow narrator Ann M. Richardson and I had the great joy of launching InD’ear, our featured column about audiobook production, in InD’tale Magazine, a celebrated publication for indie authors and publishers. My articles appeared in the June, October, and November issues.
I’m currently developing a new web site AudioForAuthors.com as a home for even MORE of my articles, as well as a curated resources list! I expect it to go on-line within the next few weeks.
Even with the expanded assistance to authors, I continue to develop content to help my fellow narrators.
I added 18 new articles to this blog, which continues to serve as a resource to other voice talent and narrators. One article that has been particularly popular with both narrators and authors is How to Afford Your Editor, Proofer, or Narrator TODAY.
Narrators have also appreciated these 2 videos that I created and narrated this year:
- How Graphic Are the Sex Scenes in A Romance Book? (1:20)
- Audiobook Corrections with iAnnotate (2:25)
Finally, I started and maintain an FAQ for the very active Facebook Group ACX Narrators and Producers.
This year has been fulfilling in every sense of the word, and I’m excited about the projects already on tap for 2016! Best wishes to you for continued health, prosperity, and success!