Stereo Goals- Day One

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The first thing I needed to decide was how to produce my audio book. As I mentioned in my previous post, a professional producer and voice actor are pretty expensive. It’s one of the major factors in the high cost of audiobooks in comparison to their print and digital counterparts. Narrating my own work cuts out one cost but the cost of the equipment necessary to make a professional audio file can be just as expensive as hiring a producer. Not saying it can’t be done, it’s just a lot of upfront cost on top of my already meager budget as a self-published author. My saving grace, Big Swang Productions. A small, one man, basement operation with impressive credentials and very reasonable pricing.

 

With that figured out, my biggest issue was time. My whole audio book needed to be finished within a short two-week deadline and with only two-ish hours a day of recording time. Most would think that is plenty of time, to put it in perspective, it took me two hours just to get oriented with the recording space and record my opening credits and first paragraph. Once I caught on to how things worked the process sped up drastically. Overall, day one in the studio went okay. I was a little nervous and it took me a good ten minutes to relax and not sound too much like an automaton while recording. Who knew reading words could be so hard?

Lessons Learned Day One:

  • Have water or tea nearby- After take thirty your throat will feel like sand paper without it.
    Be prepared to repeat everything until its perfect
  • Pronunciation and Annunciation are key- Meaning to say Claude but hearing Cloud and/or Clot can and will happen
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes- The more comfortable and relaxed you are the easier it is to focus on your performance
  • Have a plan/goal- Record your book in sections just as you wrote the book. It’s easier to edit by paragraph or chapter than it is as one long audio track.

 

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Stereo Goals

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Whoever said, “writing is the easy part”… Well, I’ve said it a few times myself, but lately, I feel like it’s actually the hardest. So in order to keep my brain from shorting out with writer’s worry, I’ve decided to brush off a few projects I had sidelined in my quest to maintain my writing goals. Keeping up with my blog is one of them but also creating an audiobook for my already completed work. I will be documenting my DIY audio book journey in subsequent posts, thus checking both boxes on my “To Do” list.

There are a lot of things that go into creating an audio book that a novice like me hadn’t thought about. The cost of a producer and voice actor can be insane. Still, recording one with my laptop’s microphone and some random free software just wouldn’t be a very good product. Without any clue how to edit it properly my work wouldn’t be accepted on any major audio book site like Audible.com or Audiobooks.com.

So what exactly is needed to create a professional DIY audio book? Well, there is plenty of really good information readily available through google and audiophile blogs. Since I am an admitted Amazon junky; Audible’s Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) blog is where I got all my information. They did it so well I highly suggest browsing here.

The short version.

You will need:

1.) A quiet place to record
2.) A decent microphone
3.) Audio editing software like Pro Tools
4.) A reliable computer
5.) Lots of time and patience

New Book!

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The Maura’s Men Series continues…

Claude’s Conquest 

Now available on Amazon in Print and eBook!!!!!

After escaping the clutches of the evil Vampiress Maura, three friends struggle with the past in finding a new way of life and love…

Claude is nobody’s hero, yet he finds himself saving yet another damsel in distress. He should have learned his lesson the first time. Cat had been a major thorn in his side but at least he hadn’t been unfortunate enough to be attracted to her. That had been Xander’s problem. Now he had a problem all his own. The charming and intelligent Gretchen threatens everything Claude has come to accept about himself.

Gretchen is not amused by Claude’s advances. His arrogance combined with the skeletons in her closet has Gretchen on the defensive. Dealing with Claude is merely a means to an end; she wants her independence as well as vengeance. If only her body would get on board.

http://amzn.to/1Irs3yP

Hometown Shout Out

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While my brain is still on an inspiration hiatus I figured I’d spruce up my page with a little hometown shout out and shameless promotion of a local artist.  I may not live in Oakland anymore but I still say HELLA!!!!!!

Crown Music Group: “I Say Hella” – Official Music Video off the upcoming Album ( Lifestyle Of A King ) Available September 23rd. RCK. Available on ITunes and Google Play

Shark Week Blues

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Shark Week is officially over and that means it’s time for me to get back to work. If only my brain would get on board. All my current story ideas are totally stuck in Shark territory. Sexy marine biologists in dangerously fishy situations here I come. I probably won’t be writing these to publish but hey sometimes its good just to write for yourself.

Snack Attack!

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When I get in one of my writing moods nothing can tear me away from my laptop.  Which is why having a fully stocked snack section on my desk is a must, otherwise I’d probably starve to death on my longer writing binges (usual two to three days long).  Sleeping is generally optional and even bathroom breaks are few and far between when that masterful idea is flying from my brain to my fingers and onto the screen.  So what are the best snacks to have on hand? There isn’t really an answer to that question.  Everyone has their preference but here are a few criteria I use when stocking my stash:

  1. Grab and Go/ Typing Friendly – Can be eaten with one hand or less
  2. Mess Free/ Keyboard Friendly – Not super greasy, saucy or crumbly
  3. Packs a Punch/ Stamina Friendly – sugar and caffeine are your friend
  4. Mom Approved/ Body Friendly– Try to include at least one “healthy” snack
  5. Drinks are up to you. Water is always a good idea. I am a tea drinker but I know plenty of writers are team coffee all the way.

 I switch out one or two of my staple snacks each month. I have a few favorite snacks I like to keep on hand, like chocolate and dried cranberries, but its always a good idea to rotate snacks just so that you don’t get bored with them.  It defeats the purpose when you are in a writing binge and you are tired of the snacks you have on hand, most likely you won’t bother eating them.