It’s audiobook release day for Just Different Devils by Jinx Schwartz, narrated by Stevie Puckett. Jinx Schwartz is a talented comedic writer who has created a fantastic duo in high school friends Hetta and Jan, now in their forties, who sail the ocean on fun adventures resulting in crazy antics. The book is another in the very funny Hetta Coffey Mystery Series. Hear the retail sample below and find it on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. If you are not an Audible listener yet, you also can get the book with a free trial by clicking here.

I’m so pleased to announce that the audiobook Wild Oats by Pamela Morsi has launched! It went live on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes (search by title) around June 1 and almost 30 copies have sold to date. It’s off to a good start!

This project was such a fun one for me. I appreciate Pamela’s writing and story weaving. Plus I get to use my own dialect for a change! The characters are down to earth yet interesting. This story drew me in quickly. I’m not usually a historic romance fan necessarily but this one caught my attention because the setting is my old stomping grounds, Oklahoma, just before statehood.

The background story Pam talked about in her launch day newsletter added a whole other layer of interest too. I always love to hear about an author’s story inspiration. Turns out that for Wild Oats she was trying to break the romance genre by creating a story with the anti-romance-book-hero as the hero. LOL! That plan makes for some not-so-suave moments that are endearing and funny.

Listen in and be sure to pick it up soon if you like it. Enjoy!

June is audiobook month! This is a great time to try out an audiobook if you haven’t already. Of course many of you have as Audio Publisher’s Association annual report highlighted another year of amazing growth in audiobook sales for 2016, up another 33%.

You may find audiobooks featured in your local library this month and there are lots of activities online, of course. There is an audiobook blog tour going on throughout June. By visiting the links to the blogs featured in the blog tour, you’re sure to find some great listens!

Audiobook narrators are being featured a lot this month too. Warren Adler is doing a narrator feature for audiobook month and I was lucky enough to get interviewed there as narrator of two books in his Fiona Fitzgerald Mystery Series. As luck would have it, this is also the month I was featured in Pamela Morsi’s newsletter for the release of her new audiobook, Wild Oats.

As for myself, boy do I love audiobooks! I have almost 300 audiobooks in my collection and I’ve been listening for years before I started narrating. I savor the times of the day when I get to listen, like when I’m doing laundry or cleaning or exercising or driving.

The number of awesome audiobooks out there to enjoy can be overwhelming for sure. Especially when you may be learning to listen from your phone at the same time. Let me tell you an easy way to get started. The good news is you can try Audible and get two free audiobooks. Then download the Audible App to easily listen on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Maybe you will like one my top five recommendations below and maybe one that I narrated?

#1 Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole

#2 The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin

#3 The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

#4 Karma by JC Andrijeski

#5 How to Bake Pi

I am just back from an event I’ve been looking forward to for a while. I went to Charlottesville, Virginia for the Men of Romance Audiobook Narrator Panel moderated by Andi Arndt. It was a presentation in the very well organized Virginia Festival of the Book. The men on the panel were: Aidan Snow, Will Damron, Luke Daniels, Derek Perkins, and David Brenin.

The room was packed and I spoke with many women in the audience who were only attending this session at the Festival of the Book event. Some were very excited to meet the narrators of audiobooks they love but most weren’t big audiobook listeners yet.

Many self-published authors were there too. They had questions about how to hire one of these guys. And several people expressed interest in learning to narrate themselves.

I loved the comment on the romance genre in general to begin the panel.

Why on earth would you be critical of such a successful genre. ~Derek Perkins, Audie Winner, on the romance genre, a billion dollar industry

The most ear-catching info I heard is that Aidan Snow told me he logs 15 hours of finished audio a week! Sure wish I could go that fast. Course he doesn’t do his own editing and or proofing. He learned quickly to hire that out so he could move on to more books. Will Damron also stated he hires out for the editing. They might have 3 editors at a time working up their material for submission. Of course, all these guys are freelancers mainly seeking per project deals rather than royalty share deals.

Andi Arndt did a fabulous job moderating the discussion. My only complaint is that it ended too soon and I would have loved to hear more of her insights.

Audible does this really cool thing to help get the ball rolling once a new audiobook is released. In short, the author and narrator get some promo codes to give away as freebies. So, I have a few to give! Just drop a line and let me know which of my audiobooks you would like and I’ll get back to you with either a code or to let you know I’m out.

I’m now working on narrating and producing my sixth audiobook! I am shocked to also report that it is a fiction book.

I thought that I might eventually get into fiction narration but was planning on it being later…maybe much later. After listening to the great Robert Petkoff narrate my favorite paranormal romance book series, I was just a tad bit intimidated. I’ve never had acting classes and haven’t played much with making different voices or anything like that. Still, I thought it would be so fun to narrate fiction audiobooks too, maybe someday after more preparation.

Well, later was what I was thinking but a neat opportunity came my way. I was invited to audition to read a book in Warren Adler’s, Fiona Fitzgerald Mystery Series. He is the one who wrote The War of the Roses and Random Hearts.

After doing a little research and reading the Amazon sample of the book they asked me to read for, I decided, “What the heck?!” The writing was so good and I loved the main character right away. I figured it would be fun to try it out anyway. It was fun, and a little scary.

As it turned out, I got the gig! I’ve already started the project. Today I am reading chapter four and producing chapter two. Only twenty more chapters to read and twenty-two more chapters to edit and produce. The deadline is June 1 so I have to hustle. It seems to be going very well so far, even with the addition of a new microphone which I’ll write about more in a later post.

Now Narrating

I just delivered my first audiobook production project, and it feels great. I think this is the start of something awesome!

As it happens, I was just following my nose as usual. I published my ebook in February this year. Then I published it in paperback in March. In preparation for releasing the audiobook in April, I set up a profile at ACX. ACX has been on my radar since listening to Joanna Penn’s podcasts. She has several about turning your book into an audiobook with all the why’s and how’s. Joanna peeked my interest especially since I already have experience with audio from doing my own podcast. Also, I’ve been an Audible customer for a while, and I just love it, so I figured, “Why not?” By the way, click my affiliate link to ==> Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks.

I knew I wanted to narrate my book which authors sometimes do especially in nonfiction. So I set up a profile on ACX. While there, I learned that narrators had a separate profile area. Because I’d recently started to think that narrating audiobooks would be a real cool gig, I set up my narrator/producer profile there too. I added a couple of one-minute samples from my podcast and left it at that. I thought I would visit again after publishing my audiobook to figure out how to get a deal to narrate books for others.

As it turned out, within two days I received an offer to produce an audiobook! I could not believe it. Later, within a week or so, I found three audiobooks I was interested in producing so I auditioned. The process was so easy if more than a little scary but I was feeling bold. In a couple more days time, I was offered all three deals! Each project is only going to be about an hour long, so very small audiobooks. I think they are perfect projects to begin with. vAll four audiobooks will be completed and delivered by the end of the month. This is going to be so much fun!