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There are now more opportunities open to Indie authors than at any other time in history. Until very recently, perks, such as book narration, that were only available to extremely popular writers are now within the grasp of every author – or at least every author, who presents his or her work in English, French, German and Spanish.
Not only the world-famous, but also indie (independent) authors like myself can now look forward to having their precious novels narrated as audiobooks and translated into several foreign languages – up to fifteen, in fact, at the moment (see below).
I don’t know how many authors actually go down the route of having their books narrated, but I imagine that it is not a huge percentage.
You probably find that surprising, given the extra reach an audiobook provides (the blind, illiterate, the busy, and those driving long distances or frequently), but there are a few reasons.
The biggest setback is time. I have twenty-two books in progress or complete at this moment, but it has taken me eight months to get this far, and some of my work has never received an audition from a prospective narrator, while others were not up to scratch!
Easy Book Narration and Audiobooks
It is easy to understand why, of course. Good narrators want to be part of a success story as they earn 50% of the take (unless you want to arrange a fixed fee).
Then, you have to listen to the auditions, reject, accept and advise on improvements, and it soon becomes obvious that the process can be very time-consuming.
There are even several places to go now to find a narrator, but the process is roughly the same.
I think that creating audiobooks from your books opens them up to people who don’t normally (have the time to) read, so if you have the time, I suggest that you give it a try.
If, however, you would like to dip your toes in this new spring of opportunity, but don’t have the time to suss out book narration for yourself, I could do it for you for a small fee, while I am looking for narrators for my own books. Full control would always remain with you. So, if you would like to know more, drop me a line using the contact form on the title bar.
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