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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September 24, 2020 20 min
On the fence about whether or not you should turn your book or screenplay into an audiobook? Unsure if it’ll *really* be worth it? Let’s look at the benefits! Audio format is the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry, and it’s an amazing way to ignite your reach. Today we’ll dive into the both the big reasons and the smaller (yet VALUABLE) ones you might not have considered. From increasing your earning potential to cr...
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Writing, publishing, audiobook production...it’s all a journey of discovery when it’s your first time! The best tips and tricks come from those fresh off the adventure, which is why we’ve invited Gordon Chambers, author of Searching For Monkumar. He’ll share the wild path of bad publishing company experiences, the process of finding out if his draft was shelf worthy, and enlisting his son Jarryd (also joining us) to indie publish. ...
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If you’ve ever weathered the process of getting your title on Audible, you already know that it takes a small eternity. If you haven’t, you’ve come to the right place! Today I’ll be giving out insider tips on how to shorten those painful wait times that have become the norm. Learn how audiobook quality affects your experience, and which royalty frequency to accept to speed up the process. Plus, find out what we use to shortcut our ...
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What author wouldn’t love more sales over the lifetime of their book release? That’s exactly what a solid audiobook presale strategy has the power to generate for you! In today’s episode, I’ll share the pros, cons, and considerations of selling your audiobook before its official release date. Learn how to choose the best author platforms for presale, strategies for incentivizing early purchases, and create a marketing timeline for ...
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So you’ve finished your book, and now the most exciting (and nerve wracking) part of the journey begins...the launch! With an endless sea of marketing options at your fingertips, how are you supposed to start narrowing it down? In today’s episode, I’ll cover 2 overarching strategies to help you kickstart the decision making process -- the staggered launch and the ‘all formats’ launch. Learn the pros and cons of both approaches, how...
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What adventures do you hope your writing career will whisk you away on? Open up to the possibilities with today’s inspiring guest Glenis Redmond; poet, teaching artist, and author of What My Hands Say. She’ll share how she went from a professional counselor struggling with fibromyalgia...to a single mom clocking 40k miles on her vehicle every year, spreading the power of poetry. We’ll also talk about how audio production and perfor...
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Is an audiobook edition an appropriate or worthwhile venture as a writer of poetry? At first glance it might seem like the translation from page to spoken word is a difficult one, but today I’ll share practical tips for bringing your poetry to life in this sharable medium. We’ll dive into considerations like finding the right narrator, deciding how read lines should be metered (or not!), and enhancing the experience with musical tr...
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Do you have a crystal clear picture of who your target audience is? If not, today you’re in luck! Understanding your audiobook’s prime listeners affects so much more than marketing...it shapes all aspects of your production, too! Today I’ll be tips on bringing your target into laser-focus so that you can reach them with ease. I’ll also describe each facet of production that your target audience shapes, from narrator choice to tone ...
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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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