This week I’ve been listening to the audio version of my novel Secrets & Charades. I’m excited about the prospect of a new audience for my novel. My reader, Meghan Kelly, is doing a wonderful job of bringing to life the story of Evangeline and Jake.
Several friends and at least one family member prefer audio books. Therefore, marketing to listeners is a good idea. Who are these listeners? There are commuters, those driving to work or taking the train. And sales persons who listen between calls. My husband’s cousin listened to a lot of books on her assembly line job. A friend of mine listens while she cleans house. Those who are blind or have brain injury also love audio books.
Some may ask why I didn’t record the book myself.
Three simple reasons
- Publisher offered it
- Although I love reading out loud—even doing voices, turn on a recorder and I stumble a lot. I get frustrated doing over my voice mail message.
- I lack the proper equipment.
Advantages of using a professional narrator
- They have “the voice” for the job
- They have the professional equipment, eliminating unnecessary background noises.
- They have a following of readers who love their narration
- Together, we double our marketing stream.
After auditioning five narrators, Meghan Kelly had the voice that best captured my story. The combination of a wonderful story read by a woman who understands my characters adds so much to the readers experience. In my mind it’s a win-win. I’ll post the link to my audiobook when it is available.
Here’s some info on my narrtor. I’ll be posting and interview with Meghan once the audiobook is available.
Share your experiences with Audio books. I’d love to hear them.