Dane and Shana are two of the bravest people I know. And I should know, because I created them. They are the charismatic couple who drive the Beachcomber Investigations romantic thriller series.
So what have they done that qualifies them to be called the bravest?
They rescued kidnap victims, outsmarted gunrunners, foiled sniper plots and even saved the President from assassination. There is no duo more genius at intrigue. They routinely out-maneuver, out fight, out shoot and most importantly, out-think their enemies. With every breath, their every wish, every instinct is to save innocents.
They fear nothing. Or almost nothing. There is one thing they are afraid of. The one thing that terrifies each of them is …….. losing each other.
Confessing to yet another vice (aside from junk food), I’m addicted to audiobooks. How do I know I’m addicted, you ask?
I’ll tell you. When I first started, I only listened while working out. Then my work outs went from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, hinting at the beginning of my addiction. Next I began listening while I was driving too, but only long distance drives. Then I moved into plugging into audiobooks the second I get in the car. There’s no doubt about my addiction. I don’t even bother to take my earbuds out when I go from the car to the house. I even listen in the evenings while watching TV. Yes, it is tricky and I do need to turn the sound off on the television, but like all of us these days, I am famously a multi-tasker. Or that’s my guilt-ridden addict’s excuse.
Being a novelist, the natural next step as a confirmed audiobook addict was to make my novels into audiobooks. Unlike listening to audiobooks while watching TV, I didn’t need a silly excuse to do this. It’s a smart business decision with the growing audiobook audience. So I did it.
The Author’s Audiobook Making Process (through ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange platform of Audible/Amazon):
Prepare and share a script for narrator auditions
Listen to as many auditions as it takes and give feedback to narrators where appropriate
Choose a narrator and negotiate a deal, agreeing to a royalty share or rate per finished hour.
Send the novel/script to the narrator.
Review and approve first 15 minutes of audiobook.
Listen/review/make notes of changes for each chapter, one at a time. (This can take a while!)
Listen to corrected chapters and make more notes for changes as needed.
Listen to final corrections and approve audiobook.
Pay narrator and submit to ACX for review/approval
Get promotional clip and promotional codes from ACX
Your Audiobook is approved and live and ready for all your fans to buy!
What a fun intensive process it’s been. With three of my thirty books in audio now, I’ve figured out. Auditioning narrators has been the most fun part for me. There are a lot of talented professionals out there. Seventy-nine auditions later, I was able to find someone who I thought was perfect for my Beachcomber Investigations series.
I chose Mishka Thebauld to narrate Let It Snow, a Beachcomber Investigations romantic suspense novella turned audiobook, which is out now. Mishka is a trained actor with some TV and Film experience, but just starting out in voice over narration. I was lucky to find him now as a beginner. This month he’ll begin narrating The Beachcombers – prequel to the Beachcomber Investigations series. This young actor impressed me so much that I plan to have him narrate the entire series. I predict he’ll be a star audiobook narrator–if he doesn’t get distracted by his TV/Film acting career.
You can hear more about the audiobook making process and meet Mishka in the podcast video below, but first I want to offer a FREE download of Let It Snow to one lucky random commenter.
Let me know in the comments if you like audiobooks and why for a chance to WIN your FREE Audiobook copy of Let It Snow!
Now, hear all about audiobooks behind the scenes and meet super narrator, Mishka Thebault:
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