Welcome to my home on the web. I stumbled into narrating books as a result of publishing my humble little personal development book in 2016. During the process of making it into an audiobook (which I had to have because I love, love, love audiobooks), I was inspired to create a narrator profile on ACX as well. It was something I had been pondering for a while, and I found I was perfectly prepared to take the leap.
All the reading I’ve done in my lifetime, time spent as an avid podcast and audiobook listener, and technical skills which I had developed through web development and podcasting activities over the years all culminated into an easy foray into the field. What really lit me up was that within 24 hours of posting my narrator profile, I received my first project offer! I took that as a good sign.
Since then I’ve had several other fortunate experiences, worked and studied the craft in a focused manner, and consulted with some excellent coaches to accelerate my progress. There is a whole lot more to that story I want to share but first check out the table of projects I’ve completed below…and if you look even further down at the bottom of the page, you’ll find bloopers which I get a kick out of collecting too.
Audiobooks Narrated and Produced – Most Recent at Top
When I first decided to give narrating a try, I thought it would be so easy, especially if I would just focus on nonfiction. I figured there was tons of competition for narrators who want to read fiction, plus I thought nonfiction suited my personality and voice better. I’ve been known to take everything so seriously and I also choose to spend very little time on frivolous pursuits so nonfiction seemed like a good match in many ways.
Then, out of the blue just a couple months into narrating, I received an invitation to audition for a fiction title. The invitation was from Warren Adler’s team. He is a prolific and well-established writer. They were looking for ladies to narrate his Fiona Fitzgerald Mystery Series. There were 9 books in the series at the time and some past inklings of it being turned into a TV series. Oh my stars, that all sent me reeling! I followed up on the invitation with an explanation of how I hadn’t narrated fiction before and received encouragement back to give it a go. So I figured, “What the heck?” I did audition and received an offer back along with more encouragement. Below is what I tweeted.
EEeeek, I got the offer! A fiction audiobook is next…a mystery by Warren Adler. Quick, I need acting classes. #TooLateNow
— Stevie Puckett (@SteviePuckett) May 6, 2016
Boy did I luck out! Coach Nokes brought me along quickly. After a few coaching sessions not only did I notice big improvement in my understanding of narration and what my voice can do but also my confidence grew. Coach Nokes can interpret a script and nail character traits and how to reflect that in the voice in seconds. He also had numerous dialects at the tip of his tongue. It’s more than a little impressive.
From there, I kept plugging along. I posted new samples to my ACX profile. Nearly weekly I was invited to audition for projects or just given royalty deal offers straight out the gate. I researched each opportunity looking for books that had already done well in paperback or ebook formats. I checked reviews and looked up the web presence of the authors who contacted me. I searched open auditions on ACX periodically and submitted when I found something that I thought would be a good fit.
I learned very quickly to choose carefully because completing an 8-10 hour audiobook project is a marathon that requires many hours and great attention to detail. It’s also risky when agreeing to royalty share deals since you may or may not earn back what you put into it. Maybe I’m a gambler at heart but royalty share deals still appeal to me. Maybe I just don’t know enough. I have been advised in several consultations to get the heck away from royalty share deals asap. (2-4-17…to be continued.)
Bloopers – My Favorites at Top
- Homemade Titillas - Just Need Killin' by Jinx Schwartz
- Impunity Didn't Plant That Child - Immaculate Deception by Warren Adler
- Flaming Lunatic - Just Needs Killin' by Jinx Schwartz
- Calvary Charge - Just Needs Killin' by Jinx Schwartz
- Vehemence - Immaculate Deception by Warren Adler
- Lugubrious Eyes - Immaculate Deception by Warren Adler
- Stirrin' Thins Up - Immaculate Deception by Warren Adler
- Mediterranean Tie - Just Needs Killin' Jinx Schwartz
- Strum Und Drang - Just Needs Killin' by Jinx Schwartz
- You Ard Vedy Velcome - Just Needs Killin' by Jinx Schwartz
- Sentimentialist - Just Needs Killin' by Jinx Schwartz
- Fluent Splanish - Just Needs Killin' by Jinx Schwartz
- All His Time With Whales - Just Needs Killin' by Jinx Schwartz
- Sheer Peer - Just Needs Killin' by Jinx Schwartz
- Techie Guru - Just Needs Killin' by Jinx Schwartz
- Crime Spee - Just Needs Killin' by Jinx Schwartz
- Wander - Just Needs Killin' by Jinx Schwartz
- De Ball Zak - Just Needs Killin' by Jinx Schwartz