Can You Hear Me Now? Good!

It’s no secret that the realm of audiobooks has absolutely exploded. With audiobooks becoming more widely available, people are jumping at the chance to consume their entertainment through this new medium. Some readers enjoy listening to the audiobook as a simple accompaniment to the book, while others may listen to audiobooks as an alternative to reading.

Just as Amazon was revolutionary in making publishing an option for independent authors, Audible has made it possible for independent authors to record and produce audiobooks. Audible gives you the option to hire a voice actor to record your self published book, or gives you the opportunity to record it yourself. I have decided to produce and record my own audiobook and have begun to do a bit of research into this endeavor. Through my research, I have found invaluable advice and I would like to pass along my top five tips to all of you.

1. Be aware of your surroundings.

Your microphone has the capability to pick up on the smallest of sounds. Whether it’s a bird chirping outside or your stomach growling, you need to make sure that you are surrounded by silence. If you don’t live alone, you may want to record when other members of your household are away or asleep.

2. Take your time.

This is applicable to how much time you take recording and the speed in which you speak. Remember that you do not have to complete your entire audiobook in one sitting. Consider only recording one or two chapters a day so that you don’t exhaust your voice. Your audience will know if your voice is strained. Also, make sure you take your time reading your script. If you read too quickly, you may lose your listener. Try to keep the pace in which you speak consistent throughout the entire audiobook.

3. Stay hydrated.

When it comes to recording for an audiobook, your voice is your most important tool. You need to make sure that you stay hydrated so that your throat doesn’t become dry and scratchy.

4. Use proper equipment.

No matter how pleasant your voice sounds, you will need the proper equipment for that sound to come across clearly over the speakers. At the very least, you may want to invest in some sort of microphone so that you’re not using your computer microphone or cell phone to record your voice. I don’t think it’s necessary to spend thousands of dollars on recording equipment for your first audiobook, but a small investment into some equipment may pay off for you. Do a little research to see what would work best in your price range.

5. Know your genre.

If you’ve never released an audiobook before, I would highly recommend listening to samples of audiobooks in your specific genre. In nonfiction, how does the speaker present themselves? In fiction, how do the voice actors fluctuate their voices for the dialogue of different characters? It’s incredibly important to know what your audience is accustomed to because that is what they will expect from your audiobook. Doing a bit of research into your genre will also give you a good idea of pricing for your audiobook.

Although my advice is specifically for audiobooks, I think that this advice would also hold true for someone interested in beginning a podcast as well. I do hope that this advice helps some of you and if you have any other suggestions, please let me know!

Until next week,

Debbie

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