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I’ve written about the process of making an audiobook before. I even halfway knew what I was talking about. But I am in the process of producing one for my most beloved novel, Radar Love, and the way it's being made has been greatly refined on my end.

Choosing a narrator was no small feat, in this case. My first impulse was to record this one on my own. I am of the opinion that no one can read a book quite like the author. But character acting is something else entirely.

Choosing a narrator was a crucial decision on my part, as it’s the first of a five-novel series, with the second already published, and the third nearly written. And, as I said, it’s my most important book, for various reasons. It’s my most popular, the one I feel most strongly about, and it has a lot of special meaning to me.

I had about twenty narrators to choose from, and none of them were quite right. Some, in fact, were terrible. Then I met Renee. I call her Renee because I think that is her name. Or will be her pseudonym. Neither of us are sure, at this point. I mean, sure she knows what her real name is. That’s not the point.

Renee nailed the audition. Although this is her first production, she is deadly serious about it. Not only that, but she is a huge fan of the work in question. So much so that she has inspired me to take my books seriously again. She wants to do the entire series, complete with a relaunch of the titles. Her passion is now feeding my own.

I’ve edited the text probably eight times since then, and licensed some amazing photography of a gorgeous model named VioletEyes by photographer Jamie Mahon. Now Renee and I are polishing her production for an upcoming release. I couldn’t be happier. I once again feel like I did when I first published, except everything is at a whole new level of quality.

Not only that, but this production has a decidedly different feel than any audiobook I’ve worked on before.

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It's always a good idea to go with a professional when it comes to making an audiobook for fiction, even if you 'think' you will do a good job doing the narration yourself but you are only limiting the potential of your book if you do that and a disservice to the people who will be buying it... but if it is non-fiction, it is almost always good to do it yourself as it just makes everything seem inauthentic if anyone other than the author is narrating it...
 

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I’ve written about the process of making an audiobook before. I even halfway knew what I was talking about. But I am in the process of producing one for my most beloved novel, Radar Love, and the way it's being made has been greatly refined on my end.

Choosing a narrator was no small feat, in this case. My first impulse was to record this one on my own. I am of the opinion that no one can read a book quite like the author. But character acting is something else entirely.

Choosing a narrator was a crucial decision on my part, as it’s the first of a five-novel series, with the second already published, and the third nearly written. And, as I said, it’s my most important book, for various reasons. It’s my most popular, the one I feel most strongly about, and it has a lot of special meaning to me.

I had about twenty narrators to choose from, and none of them were quite right. Some, in fact, were terrible. Then I met Renee. I call her Renee because I think that is her name. Or will be her pseudonym. Neither of us are sure, at this point. I mean, sure she knows what her real name is. That’s not the point.

Renee nailed the audition. Although this is her first production, she is deadly serious about it. Not only that, but she is a huge fan of the work in question. So much so that she has inspired me to take my books seriously again. She wants to do the entire series, complete with a relaunch of the titles. Her passion is now feeding my own.

I’ve edited the text probably eight times since then, and licensed some amazing photography of a gorgeous model named VioletEyes by photographer Jamie Mahon. Now Renee and I are polishing her production for an upcoming release. I couldn’t be happier. I once again feel like I did when I first published, except everything is at a whole new level of quality.
Not only that, but this production has a decidedly different feel than any audiobook I’ve worked on before.

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I have begun working as a narrator recently with ACX, and I agree wholeheartedly that a narrator and author can and should work together on production. Maybe because, like you, I'm coming at it from the viewpoint of an author, also being one myself. But I've gotten flack for that attitude on the ACX forum on reddit. Many of the narrators seem to feel that writing is one discipline but narration is another, and their role is to interpret the author's work. Period.

I dunno, maybe it's because I've done theater and improv comedy - which is a group thing. Taking direction and bouncing ideas is part of the process. I also know that playwrights often attend early rehearsals and do re-writes based on input from the actors.

Congrats on finding the right one.
 
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