Making an Audio Book
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......