Audio Book Connection - Behind the Scenes with the Creative Teams

Audio Book Connection - Behind the Scenes with the Creative Teams

Engaging conversations with Authors, Narrators, Post-production audio engineers, Marketing teams as well as audio book listeners and fans. Go behind the scenes with audiobook creators as host Becky Parker Geist guides the conversation to discover the surprises, victories and challenges in publishing and producing audiobooks. Ideal for indie authors, small publishers, audiobook fans, and anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes peek into the audiobook world - as well as authors and publishers looking for tips from the pros on production and marketing. Behind-the-scenes interviews with audiobook creators as well as audiobook production and marketing tips - with episodes every other week. #C-Suite Radio.... Show More

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July 30, 2020 40 min
Where does history end and an exciting new story begin? Today we’ll take a multifaceted look into writing and producing historical fiction with author Jim Wetton and the narrator of his audiobook, Samantha Cooper. In this 3-way interview, we chat about his experience bringing new life to historical figures and writing female characters from a male perspective. Samantha shares the unique challenges (and fun!) of learning dialects of...
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So...you’ve written a memoir and you’re ready to bring it to life in audio. Now you face that big burning question, “who should narrate it?” You might think the easy answer is YOU, but this is just one valid approach of many! Today I’ll share my best tips for deciding if self-narration is right for you. I’ll give you my best questions for digging up a decision, important production considerations, and a great ‘test the waters’ exer...
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Does your nonfiction title include exercises to enhance the reader’s experience? If so, you’ve likely grappled with how to translate these interactive elements into audiobook format. Today, we’ll tackle how to elegantly present exercises like fill-in-the-blanks, prompts, writing exercises, physical exercises, meditations and more in audiobook production. I’ll give you specific ways you can approach each of these, including the use ...
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Where could the inspiration for your next big title be hiding? Today Dale Arden, author of The Iguana Project, shares how an unexpected moment of inspiration launched him into first-time authorship. He’ll talk about how observing iguanas in the Galapagos planted the seeds for a murder mystery novel, and the many facets of bringing it to life over a 3 year creative journey. Tune in for his best tips on choosing the perfect audiobook...
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Internal citations like footnotes are a familiar sight in print books -- but how should we deal with them in audiobook production? There’s no one right answer, but today I’ll share a variety of options for integrating (or omitting) them in a way that maximizes listener experience. We’ll get to thinking about the value of the information to the listener and how to incorporate bibliographic information without harming the narrative f...
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Have you ever wanted to turn the raw material of life experience into transformative nonfiction? Today, author of Gates Of Power Nomi Bachar shares how her diverse history formed the foundation for a powerful self-help program. She took inspiration from her upbringing in Israel, experience in the performing arts, and training in various therapy modalities to create healing nonfiction. Tune in and get ideas for combining your unique...
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An audiobook holds the potential to ignite your business in so many ways! Whether your goal is to kickstart a speaking career, attract new coaching clients, or garner interest in your products, I’m going to give you my best tips for leveraging your nonfiction title to the fullest. Today I’ll share how you can develop relationships with your listeners by inviting them deeper into your world (and website!) by offering free bonus cont...
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Do you have a message with the power to uplift and heal? That’s exactly what today’s guest Pamela Evans set out to do with her book, Ring Exchange: Life Lessons From A Multiple Marrier. She used her experience with multiple marriages to bring attention and wisdom to a situation often left hidden. She’ll share how she used humor to bring lightheartedness to a painful subject, and how you can use your voice to bring insight, guidance...
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Sometimes seemingly simple questions can have very complicated answers. “What will producing my audiobook cost me?” is one of those common questions, and today I’ll help you unravel the tangle of cost basis options for audiobook production. We’ll explore the industry standard of charging by the finished hour, how that time is estimated, and the factors that affect your audiobook’s finished length. I’ll also share the pros and cons ...
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Roll the credits! …or don’t? Deciding what to do with acknowledgements leaves many audiobook creators scratching their heads. Should you scrap them? Include them? And if you do...where to work them in?! Today, I’ll share some insightful questions to help you decide whether or not to include acknowledgements in your audiobook. You’ll also learn the best placement for this track, so that you can create the most engaging, seamless lis...
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In episode 12 of Audio Book Connection, Becky Parker Geist interviews singer-songwriter and author of 'The Blanket and the Bear', Buffy Ford Stewart. Go behind the scenes with Buffy and Becky as they explore what inspired 'The Blanket and the Bear', how it grew from a poem into a musical audiobook and how Buffy hopes to change the world with her work! And make sure to stay tuned till the end of the episode for a sn...
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Trying to figure out whether to have your book narrated by a male or female narrator? If your book is written in the third person, you might be wondering which would be better. Becky Parker Geist, CEO of Pro Audio Voices Inc, offers suggestions to help you make this decision - or if it makes most sense to leave auditions open to any gender.
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Take a behind the scenes look at kids books with host Becky Parker Geist. What are the qualities of a kids book that make a good candidate for audio? What about the illustrations? Learn about how your children's book can be enhanced in audio, just as illustrations enhance a story visually. Hear samples from a range of books for kids to get inspired with techniques that might work well for your audiobook production project.
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Go behind the scenes with author Jennifer Grais. Christa's Luck, by Jennifer and Michael Grais, tells a story of the wild mustangs of Nevada and the teenage girl who leads the rescue mission to save them. Host Becky Parker Geist, who also narrated the audiobook invites Jennifer to share what surprises came up in the audiobook production process. What inspired this story? Jennifer shares her experience with audiobook production ...
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Been wondering what you need to know when it comes to ISBNs? The world runs on metadata. Learn the key things you need to know as an indie author so you can make good decisions about your ISBNs, whether your book is in print, ebook or audiobook format - and even the divisions in those basic formats (hard cover, paperback; downloadable or CD, for example). Host Becky Parker Geist takes you behind the scenes to provide just the info ...
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Discover how to increase the impact of your audiobook with tips on how to leverage an About the Author track - even if you don't have an About the Author in your print or ebook editions. Becky Parker Geist walks you through ways to keep your audiobook up to date while also creating an invitation to your listeners to continue to engage with you, to purchase your other books and/or products and/or services. Find out how to take a...
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Fascinating interview with transformation expert Michelle Masters, author of Money Magic: Clearing Your Path to Money, Time and Happiness. Learn about her experience recording her own book, and the decisions behind the music for the change patter exercises. Find out why our attempts to make changes in our lives often fail to generate the results we desire. And Michelle brings her delightful sense of humor to the interview just as s...
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Learn when it is appropriate to have more than one voice narrate your audiobook. While the most typical audiobook is narrated by a single voice, there are many times when using multiple voices is a better choice. Examples include children's books (Tamara Shiloh's Jaxon's Magical Adventure with Black Inventors and Scientists), business books (Gil Broza's The Human Side of Agile), travel books (Chris Santilli's Th...
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Behind-the-scenes with Chris Shockowitz, author of Silent Invasion (book one in the Zalthuras Series), s well as the novel Colonizing Trappist. Joining the interview host Becky Parker Geist (also the narrator of Silent Invasion) is long time colleague, friend and fellow science fiction enthusiast Rajeev Nanda, author of AI.gov (also sci-fi) and RISE: Essential Soft-Skills For Career Management. Discussion includes: trends of class...
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Creator Margot Elaine Jones pulled together a brilliant team of voiceover talent, musicians and more in the creation of Beneath the Dragonwood Trees. Hear about the inspiration that drives her forward and her vision for this creation. From stage play to audiobook to film to Broadway, Margot is on a mission to bring this musical masterpiece to families everywhere. To learn more about the author visit https://margotelainejones.com. E...
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