A Writer's Life: Having Your Books Turned Into Audiobooks (Katie)
The day I opened the email letting me know my Enslaved trilogy would be turned into audiobooks, I thought it was a mass email being sent by my publisher to all of our authors. I thought it was an email about audiobooks in general, and that it would have nothing to do with me or my books. Little did I realize it was an email sent specifically to me, letting me know my beloved first YA series was soon to be available on audio. #swoon
Since I've been telling others about this exciting turn of events, the most common question I've received has been how I made this happen. The truth is, I had nothing to do with the decision. My publisher approached me, not the other way around.
However, I thought I'd walk you through the process. If you have your books with a publisher, it never hurts to reach out and ask about audiobooks. I'm not sure why I didn't do this on my own earlier. I guess I just never really thought about it--but I couldn't be more thrilled!
A Quick Read Through
The first thing I had to do was a quick read through of my books. I needed to note any unusual words that a narrator would have a hard time pronouncing, as well as any tones or emotions I wanted to be portrayed throughout the story.
This was a little time consuming since there are three books in the series!
Making a Pronunciation Guide
The next step was making a detailed list of names and words which needed a guide. I had to note the words along with their phonetic spellings. I also had to make a syllable emphasis guide, so the narrator would have an idea about how to emphasize unfamiliar words.
The process on my part was fairly simple. My publisher had the say-so as far as hiring the narrator and giving final approval on the audio files. If you are a self published author, you will obviously be in charge of every step rather than only the few steps I had a hand in.
I can't wait to share with everyone a date for available purchase, once I receive it.
You'll have to let us know, do you like audiobooks? I used to hate them, but they have grown on me over the years.