Many authors are interested in having their book made into an audiobook, and are interested in narrating the book themselves. We've listed her information to help you decide if it is right for you, and if so, what you'll need to get started.
An author reading their own book has the following advantages:
Here we've noted some issues to be aware of if reading your own book:
All narrators should follow these important tips when narrating:
In addition to a computer, if you don't already have the equipment to record you should plan on spending a minimum of $150 on a microphone setup which includes a pop filter. It needs to be cardioid (which means directional, not OMNI-directional). Avoid any microphone promoted as "being good for podcasts." While those may be good for that purpose, we have found they are generally lower quality and tend to have a boxy sound.
Here is a list of equipment and software you can consider:
. . . and some other tutorials which would be helpful:
In most cases, professional narrators take between 2 and 3 hours to complete one finished hour of audio recording. When working with Silverton Agency, we encourage those who are narrating to focus on the narration, not the mechanics.
Once you have recorded 10 to 15 minutes of your first chapter, listen back to what you've recorded and critique yourself. Once completed, export your files in FLAC (preferred) or WAV format, one chapter per file. If you make a mistake while recording, just snap your fingers and start at the beginning of the sentence or phrase, not in the middle of a sentence unless a comma breaks it up. If you are working with us, you can send us a recorded sample and we can provide you with a critique of overall quality and narration skill prior to recording your whole book.
During the editing process, we will remove any repeated sections and sections with errors. To ensure that the audiobook is error-free, we proofread it against the script. When sentences need to be re-recorded, we create a correction log and edit them into the original audio. Upon completion of this phase, the author is provided with an audio file to listen to and identify any errors that need to be corrected.
We would welcome the opportunity to work with you on your project. Feel free to contact us using our Contact Page.
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