This blogging community has authors of all experience and success levels. One of the things I’ve been contemplating to take my writing to a new market is the creation of an audio book.
As I contemplate this, and I have on an off for the past three years, I’m trying to find the most economic, but effective way to make this happen for my first book. I would then like to used the increased revenue from the additional market to fund audio versions of my other books.
With this in mind, I thought I would leverage this community to get some advice from those of you that have created audio books. I will tell you that my first inclination was to record it myself. This can be done for a relatively low cost, but I just didn’t like the sound of my voice. I have a nasal, monotone voice that sounds much different in my ear than it does when it’s recorded.
So, here are my questions. I appreciate any information that you can provide:
- Did you hire a professional voice actor/actress to record your audio book?
- Approximately how much did this cost? Giving a range or price per word count is fine.
- Have you seen an uptick in sales or significant revenue for the audio version of your book?
- How does your marketing differ for audio books?
- Are there any other things I should know going into this venture?
I understand if you are reluctant to share information. I would even be grateful if you pointed me in the direction of resources you have used to research and create your audio books.
I truly appreciate this blogging community and respect your experience and knowledge. I hope that I can help you out with similar advice at some point.