12 minutes to an audiobook?
Most authors I talk to about getting into the audiobook market have quick reasons not to:
- It’s probably really expensive.
- I don’t have the right equipment.
- I don’t know where to start.
All valid points. But here’s what happened to me yesterday …
I don’t really hold back with things I’m excited about. I just launched a course called “Audio for Authors” and when I come into contact with fellow authors, it’s hard to keep me quiet.
I was visiting an old friend in Southern Spain over the past two days. His wife wrote a book last year. It didn’t take long to get her attention about the booming audiobook market. It took me even less time to pull the ATR 2100 microphone out of my bag. Before you can say bocadillo de chorizo, I hit record.
Let’s go behind the scenes
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look:
Here’s what I like about audio: it’s in your head.
Words on a page in a book are awesome (says the writer), but let me put it this way: I had her voice on their TV after just a few minutes and she couldn’t believe her … ears.
“Whoa,” she whispered. “That was fun.”
We transformed her work. We morphed what began in her imagination, made its way onto a page and then into her book finally into the airwaves as sound. Her sound. Her voice. Her words. Her story floating through the air with the magic of audio.
Sure, maybe I get a little excited — even a little sappy and nostalgic — about all of this, but have you heard your own books on audio? There’s something different about it. I don’t want to say better, but different. It reaches a different part of the brain. It comes in through another place and rests in our minds like sweet music.
“Let’s just record one little chapter. It shouldn’t take more than 12 minutes.”
All I said to her was that I thought it might be fun to record a single chapter of her book. She didn’t flinch, complain, or question me. We did it. It’s done. It exists.
What if you read one chapter of your book into a microphone? Don’t worry about quality, tone, pacing, or anything. Just read it and record it. See what happens.
It might be the birth of an audiobook. Yours.
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