Making an Audio Book

Someone needs to buy a radio station, then play nothing but audio books, with a different genre of book played at set times. That way we can always have something new to read, no matter where we are.
— Shana Chartier

This blog is a slight aside and instead focuses on my latest achievement, narrating my own audiobook - click here if you are interested in buying a copy! I always intended to turn The Single Dad's Guide to the Galaxy into an audiobook but time often overtakes intention!


Given that I'm self-publishing, using a professional narrator wasn't an option and this, I thought, may be a show-stopper. It was the cool team at AudioBooksNZ that made it possible. In particular the patient and dedicated Theo who answered my queries speedily no matter the day or time.

AudioBooksNZ, sensing a gap in the market, have created a self-record kit. I volunteered to be the first to trial the kit and over Christmas we created an audiobook.

I have to be honest, we learnt some lessons along the way which I have documented and made available on AudioBooksNZ's website - check them out here. In turn they have tweaked their approach and we both hope it will be easier for the next users. It is certainly a fun and cost effective option.

I loved the process and I discovered that reading your book out loud is possibly the best way to uncover the last of the errors that lurk in the pages. I was mildly devastated to find errors but I have corrected them and all eBook and print on demand editions have been updated.

Now I have the full suite of book offerings (print, eBook and audio) I feel ready to launch the book on the international stage. I will plot and plan over the next couple of weeks and then, who knows......


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