I just attended a webinar [Zoom] that dealt with the topic of creating your own audiobooks. Obviously, the whole point was to learn as much as possible about the process. I already have the software [Audacity] which is free, a decent microphone, and not so great set of headphones. Still, I will work with what I have and see if I need to invest in a better microphone or headphone. I have everything I need for producing an audiobook.
So why would I even consider doing an audiobook myself? Well, according to the presenter who has 35 years of experience in national television and radio sound production, it can be a lot of fun. Now that is something I can get into … having fun that is.
One thing I have noticed is that I have an option of having the blogging platform offer to do a machine production of a blog podcast for each post. I listened to the result and I know that I could sound a lot more human, go figure. Another thing I noticed is that when I sent an introductory script to two potential audiobook producers, I didn’t like their voices with my story. I checked with my eldest daughter who listens to audiobooks and podcasts and she confirmed my take. I then recorded the same script with my current setup and she preferred my recording.
In my opinion, if an author can produce an audiobook, the results would be better than a “professional” recording. The author knows their work, the moods, and every nuance of the story that no producer could ever know.
I am attaching an unedited recording of this post for you to hear. If I was producing an audiobook, editing would happen. Any odd mouth sounds would be cleared up as well as nay extraneous sounds from the environment – noise cancelling feature available with Audacity.
However, the big question is, aside from having fun, is it worth it to record Naturist Fiction as audiobooks? Who would buy these books. As we all know, a naturist fiction novel is never going to be on anyone’s best-seller chart. Though we advertise on Twitter, our personal websites, and elsewhere to thousands of “followers,” sales are weak. Admittedly I haven’t gone a month without sales for a long time, I could never rely on my royalties to cover my living expenses.
Truthfully, would you buy a naturist fiction audiobook? Or, would you stick to the traditional paperback, or the new tradition, an eBook? Would you pay for a serialised podcast that would present a chapter a week for perhaps as little as a dollar per episode?