Let me explain...
First, you need a book. (Duh!)
Then, it needs to be published (Duh,Duh!)
Easy, right? hee hee
Next you need to decide if you want it to be offered into an audiobook. If you do, my publisher requires a separate contract rider to be included in your original contract. This ensures that you'll offer your book for a minimum of 7 years via audio.
Now, the fun begins ( and by fun I mean the work of getting your book, your baby, onto audio.)
In an ideal book world, the author of the book would be the narrator. After all, you wrote those words; you know how they should sound when read aloud; you put your heart and soul into them and you want them interpreted the way you wrote them, the characters to speak they way you envisioned them, the words to flow as you spliced them together.
Yeah, this isn't gonna happen because this isn't an ideal book world.
Just like you hire a babysitter to care for your child, you need to hire a narrator who will care for your book baby. This can be either a tedious process or one of "love at first listen." I've been lucky. All the books I've put up for audio have been snatched up by narrators who first, auditioned for me, second, mad me fall in love with their voices, and third, made my words come to life with their unique interpretations.
Getting the book to audio is time consuming, so know that going in. I have routinely been sent 2-3 chapters at a time from the narrator for me to listen to and to correct any mispronunciations, or offer any word changes. I have to listen to each segment, correct what is wrong, send the correction back to the narrator and then wait for it to be resent to ensure it is correct.
Like I said: time consuming.
The process from first chapter narration until inclusion in Audible can be between 3 and 6 months depending on how fast your narrator works and the corrections that need to be done.
But when I tell you that hearing your book come to life at the end is a soul-filling feeling, believe me, it is.
For those of you who want to know the money aspect of this, I can tell you this - and again, it's because I'm traditionally published, not indie: My narrators all work on commission. I pay them nothing to record my books. They get paid a portion of every audiobook sold with their name ( and voice) on it. So, it behooves a narrator to promote your work as much as you do, because the greater the sales, the greater the profits for all. But if you want to know a true breakdown, it goes like this: For every audiobook I sell, Audible/Amazon gets a cut, my publisher gets a cut, my narrator gets a cut, and finally, after they are all paid, I get a cut. Now, if I had an agent and publicist, I'm sure they'd get cuts, too.
Am I gonna get rich enough to retire to Maui and bask in sunshine all day from my audio booksales?
Not in this lifetime.
Probably not in any other, either. Even if I had a million-seller in audio, I'd still only make a modest royalty. But, as I've said before, I don't do this for the money. I do it because Writing is my Oxygen and I'd die if I couldn't write!
Coming up next week on my personal blog at peggyjaeger.com I have an interview with one of my favorite narrators of my San Valentino audio books, Anna Marie Peloso. She's a hoot and has brought each of the San Val's stories to life perfetto! You won't want to miss it.
Here's the "cover" of my latest and soon to be released audio version of CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS, narrated by ( you guessed it!) Anna Marie Peloso:
Now, don't forget our April Giveaway:
The Romance Gems are hosting an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt throughout the month of April, ending at midnight on Saturday, April 27th. ( Hey! That's tonight!!!)
Somewhere, on one of the my listed sites below, you’ll find an Easter Egg!
How to Enter
In order to enter the contest, you will need to make a note of the following:
Today's date, my name , where you found the egg (which social media site), and the color of the egg.
Should you find an egg on our Facebook page, note where you found the egg, the date you found it, and the color of the egg.
Then, using the “Contact the Romance Gems” link on the bottom left-hand sidebar of the Romance Gems blog site, send ROMANCE GEMS an email with the details of your discovery. Please also include your full name as part of the email.
We will compile all entries received and the person who finds the most Easter Eggs will win the Grand Prize. In case of a tie, the names of the winners will be put into a random draw and the final grand prize winner chosen. Winners will be notified between Sunday, April 28th and Tuesday, April 30th via e-mail.
GRAND PRIZE: $20 Amazon Gift Card
SECOND – FIFTH PRIZES: E-Books Donated by Romance Gems Authors
so? Where do you think I hid my egg? Hmmm... could it be here: Facebook or here Book Bub or here Instagram ? Where ever you find it, make sure you follow the instructions up above. And when you do find it please follow me at the site where it's hidden - just to show how much you love me! hee hee