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Sounding Things Out

It’s the best part of nine months since I blogged here. A lot of water has passed under the bridge and some of it came through as a raging torrent.

I’m pleased to say that the water is flowing gently now. That’s given me time to reflect, plan ahead a little, think about what’s next.

On the writing front I’ve not done a lot. Last years NaNoWriMo work has lain dormant. Maybe I’ll go back to it for this years event, we’ll see.

Or maybe I’ll develop the other fiction work I started. There are a few thousand words sitting on my hard drive that just might be the seed of something. Again, we’ll see.

But first there’s another subject I want to get my teeth into……………… Audiobooks.

‘Foolish Voyage’ is the only one of the Foolish trilogy available as an audiobook.

That came about when, in 2016,  I signed a deal with New Street Communications in the U.S.A to produce it. Back then I was living on my boat with no plans to write another book. It seemed like a no brainer. It wasn’t a bad move. The audio came out OK, the book has sold, commission has come into my bank account.

But with hindsight I was too impatient and a little naive. Those of you who’ve read any of my books will know how personal they are. I couldn’t listen to ‘Foolish Voyage’ afterwards, I knew it should’ve been me telling the story.

Maybe that’s something I can rectify sometime in the future. But for now there are two other stories I can tell.

Many times I’ve been asked if audiobooks of ‘Foolish Odyssey’ and ‘Foolish Escape’ were in the pipeline. Up to now, the answer has been no.

That’s changed.

My plan is that by the end of this year I’ll have ‘Foolish Odyssey’ available as an audiobook. I’m going to narrate and produce it myself.

I’m under no illusions, it’s a big challenge.

Technically I’m stepping into the unknown, but technical challenges don’t scare me.

What does scare me is that I’m an introvert who, despite what some may say, doesn’t like the sound of his own voice.

It matters not. I’ll do it anyway.

My starting point, as ever, lay with reading up on the subject.

Two books have given me all the information I needed:

Audio For Authors – Joanna Penn

Joanna is one of my go to sources for info in the self-publishing space and the advice given in this book gave me a good start.

In it, she concentrate primarily on the non-technical aspects of audiobook creation. She recommended another book for more detailed information on that subject.

Narrate and Record Your Own Audiobook – M.L.Buchman

I’ve yet to dive into this one properly, but a quick flick through was enough to know it’ll prove invaluable.

Lastly I’ve downloaded some open-source software called Audacity onto my MacBook. According to those that know, it should allow me to edit and format my sound files ready for upload. Again, we’ll see

As far as equipment goes I’ll be taking a minimalist approach. I’ve invested in a Blue Microphones Snowball Microphone , the obligatory Pop Filter, and a small foldable Vocal Booth Isolation Panel.

Our new home is in a quiet location well away from roads, so I’m confident that as long as I pick my times background noise shouldn’t be a problem. We’ll see.

So there we are. I’m looking forward to getting started and I’ll keep you posted.

Feel free to hit me up with your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you. Down the track I’ll be looking for a few beta listeners 😉

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