In Podioracket Episode 31 Kenn Crawford joined us to talk up Death Hunt have a listen to him talk about one of his books. You want to know how to produce a professional audio book? Kenn is now doing a podcast to help the beginner do it right the first time. Subscribing to PodioRookie is as easy as 1,2,3 and the production has already gotten the thumbs up from Evo Terra the mastermind behind www.Podiobooks.com.
Now here is Kenn!
So You Decided to Make an Audio Book… Now What?
Audio books come in all shapes and sizes. You can purchase them online from sites like Audible, or you can download them free from places like Podiobooks.com. Most of my audio books were “Books-on-Tape” or CDs that I borrowed from my local library, but when I discovered Podiobooks it opened a whole new world for me. Not just because they were free and easily accessible through rss feeds, but because they were damn good stories – and proof that you didn’t need a big budget or expensive equipment to record your own novel!
A lot of podcast authors use a free recording and editing program called Audacity, with microphones that cost around a hundred dollars or less. Some, like New York Times best selling author Scott Sigler, recorded his podiobooks in a walk-in closet while others, like the legendary Nathan Lowell, entered the podiobook world by recording his first novel thirty minutes at a time – while sitting in his car!
All you need are the 3 P’s: Practice, Patience and Persistence. I’ve broken the Novel-to-Audiobook process down into six easy steps to help you get started.
Step #1: Make sure your novel is audio friendly
Read your entire novel out loud! Some sentences that read well in print sound awkward when read out loud, and some of the dialog attributions may or may not be needed if the characters have distinct voices.
Step #2: Decide who is going to be doing the voices
Your story can be anywhere from a straight read (1 voice) up to a full-cast audio production with multiple voice actors. I strongly urge you to consider just using your own voice when first starting out. Editing and producing a full-cast production is a LOT more work than you can imagine. Don’t get discouraged by biting off more than you can chew!
Step #3: Get some recording software and a decent microphone
As I mentioned, a lot of podcast authors use Audacity so you don’t have to spend big bucks on “professional” software. It’s amazing what you can do with that free program… and it works on Windows, Mac and Linux.
Microphones come in all shapes and sizes from headsets to dynamic, condenser and USB mics. Expect to spend anywhere from 50 to 100 bucks on a decent mic and don’t forget to budget for a mixer, preamp or interface for non-USB mics to get the sound into your computer.
Step #4: Record your novel
Find your quiet place, adjust your mic, press record on Audacity and start reading. Correction – start Performing. Breathe life into your story and characters by living vicariously through them. If you don’t believe they’re real neither will your listeners. And remember, no one likes the sound of their own voice at first. The only way to get comfortable with the sound of your voice is to keep practicing.
Step #5: Join the Podiobooks Mentorship Program
The good folks at Podiobooks have built a free, online community of experienced podcast authors who offer real-world advice to help you bring your narrating, your audio, and your podiobook to the next level.
Step #6: Subscribe to PodioRookie
PodioRookie is the Podcast that helps you turn your novel into a professional sounding audio book. Evo Terra, co-founder of Podiobooks, had this to say about PodioRookie:
“Kenn Crawford knows a thing or two about making great sounding audio. He’s the author and producer of Dead Hunt and one of the more active people on our Community site, where he dishes out great technical advice to anyone who cares to ask.
Now he’s starting a new project called Podiorookie, with the express purpose of helping you create professional sounding audio books and releasing them in podcast form.
Trust me. This man knows what he is talking about. Whether you’re just starting out of would like to increase the quality of your next offering, listen to what Kenn has to say. You’ll improve. Promise.”
That’s it! Now go record your novel!
Join him on his social media stream after you have read about his new project PodioRookie.
email: email@example.com The Dead Hunt Website: http://deadhunt.kenncrawford.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/kenncrawford Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kenn.crawford Bio: Kenn Crawford is a published songwriter from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Inspired by Tee Morris, he rewrote his zombie screenplay as a podcast audiobook. With the help of more than twenty talented voiceover artists, authors and musicians, Dead Hunt became a Podiobook reality.