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Audio is the up-and-coming market, but the price of entry can be a horrific $300-500 per finished hour and up. M. L. Buchman has recorded and published over 30 audio titles—himself. Here he covers the basics you need to record your own audiobooks. • How to decide if it’s the best option. • When you should outsource the engineering. • Why you’re wrong when you “hate your Audio is the up-and-coming market, but the price of entry can be a horrific $300-500 per finished hour and up. M. L. Buchman has recorded and published over 30 audio titles—himself. Here he covers the basics you need to record your own audiobooks. • How to decide if it’s the best option. • When you should outsource the engineering. • Why you’re wrong when you “hate your own voice.” • Tools, techniques, and free studio space ideas. • A step-by-step guide to recording and engineering your own audiobook. • How to quantify direct, and most importantly of all, indirect costs. This simplified guide delivers the confidence to tackle the unique opportunity of “Read by Author.”


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Audio is the up-and-coming market, but the price of entry can be a horrific $300-500 per finished hour and up. M. L. Buchman has recorded and published over 30 audio titles—himself. Here he covers the basics you need to record your own audiobooks. • How to decide if it’s the best option. • When you should outsource the engineering. • Why you’re wrong when you “hate your Audio is the up-and-coming market, but the price of entry can be a horrific $300-500 per finished hour and up. M. L. Buchman has recorded and published over 30 audio titles—himself. Here he covers the basics you need to record your own audiobooks. • How to decide if it’s the best option. • When you should outsource the engineering. • Why you’re wrong when you “hate your own voice.” • Tools, techniques, and free studio space ideas. • A step-by-step guide to recording and engineering your own audiobook. • How to quantify direct, and most importantly of all, indirect costs. This simplified guide delivers the confidence to tackle the unique opportunity of “Read by Author.”

24 review for Narrate and Record Your Own Audiobook: a simplified guide (Strategies for Success Book 4)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marie Weiler

    Whilst this book offers much food for thought, from different home studio setups to doing character voices, it doesn't actually mention anywhere on the cover, or in the Kindle sample, what kind of software Buchman specifically uses to record and engineer his audiobooks (Adobe Audition). Instead, he leaves out that important factor until Chapter 5, which, if a person has already purchased their audio software, might irritate them if the program they use can't do everything exactly like he said yo Whilst this book offers much food for thought, from different home studio setups to doing character voices, it doesn't actually mention anywhere on the cover, or in the Kindle sample, what kind of software Buchman specifically uses to record and engineer his audiobooks (Adobe Audition). Instead, he leaves out that important factor until Chapter 5, which, if a person has already purchased their audio software, might irritate them if the program they use can't do everything exactly like he said you can, or as easily as he can, for that matter. Although he does say, and I quote, "... the concepts can be transferred to any other equally capable platform." (p. 42) Still, I would have mentioned that a lot sooner to subside any reader mistrust when it comes time to their deciding whether or not to buy the book, rather than them just assuming he covers a bunch of different platforms. Regardless, it was worth the investment, as it does give you a bit of an education on engineering in layman's terms, as well as many voice tips and sound techniques to get a professional quality sound. Plus Buchman has the background in the sound industry and experience of narrating and recording more than thirty of his own titles to accredit him with knowing what he is talking about. So, if you're interested in audiobook production, even if you don't plan on using Adobe Audition, consider giving this quick read a look.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Ellwood

    Sometimes you read a book and what it helps you realize is what you don't want to do. That was the case with this book. I have recently started making my books available for audio book and I wondered what would be involved if I did it myself, even though I'm happy with the people doing the current work. Reading this book helped me appreciate those people even more. It also helped me appreciate why I don't want to record audio books myself. The author does a great job of laying out what you need t Sometimes you read a book and what it helps you realize is what you don't want to do. That was the case with this book. I have recently started making my books available for audio book and I wondered what would be involved if I did it myself, even though I'm happy with the people doing the current work. Reading this book helped me appreciate those people even more. It also helped me appreciate why I don't want to record audio books myself. The author does a great job of laying out what you need to do if you want to go down that path. I read the entire book and I feel like its also given me a better understanding of what questions to ask as well as what to listen for when I hear a recording of audio for my books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Potter

    This is one of those times that I set out to learn something with the thought that it would further my goals, only to find out that this is not something I want to do after all. In fairness, this book is jam packed with useful, actionable content delivered in a concise, entertaining manner. But my biggest takeaway is that recording an audiobook is vastly more work than I'm willing to put into it and it's not a process nor a skillset that I would enjoy. However, it has gone a long way toward helping This is one of those times that I set out to learn something with the thought that it would further my goals, only to find out that this is not something I want to do after all. In fairness, this book is jam packed with useful, actionable content delivered in a concise, entertaining manner. But my biggest takeaway is that recording an audiobook is vastly more work than I'm willing to put into it and it's not a process nor a skillset that I would enjoy. However, it has gone a long way toward helping me to appreciate the amount of work that goes into an audiobook as well as the challenges. And I think just maybe I might have a better understanding now of the sorts of things I should provide to my narrators in preparation for having a book recorded.

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