Audiobooks have become the biggest aspect to the author business and it is crucial to readers/listeners. Most people either don't have the time to sit and read a book on their tech device or buy a paperback to sit and read a book. The business of audiobooks have taken off and that's a great thing. But...then there are cons to it too.
See, investing into paying someone to record an audiobook is costly. There's no getting around it, I'm going to be honest. By the time I thought about doing audiobooks, I was 5 books in and already knew that I'd be spending a good $300-$400 a book, so that's a good $2000 out of my pocket. Now, I'm 7 books into it so that's $2800 dollars give or take. That's a lot of money and that's promotion, investments and marketing money that I can use.
So...I decided to record my own audiobooks. After a lot of trial and error of apps I used, websites I tried to figure out, along with microphones, I was able to find what works best for me. As far as microphones go, I bought a good one from Amazon that works great. It's a small investment of $25 dollars but if you want to spend a little more, go for it.
The next challenge for me is recording my audiobooks with me living 10 minutes from one of the biggest airports in the country, JFK Airport. Let's also take into account I live literally steps away from a train station where I hear trains honking their horns every hour like clockwork. So I had to find a way to cut out that noise and get quality audio. The best place to record an audiobook without going to a studio, your closet.
Your closet is an enclosed space just as if you're in a studio. I use AVR recorder on my iPad (I don't think it's available for Android) to record my audiobooks. The app allows you to save your recordings on their app and pay for added features and no ads. They also allow you to move your saved audio files to Dropbox, Google Drive and other major storage places that you can utilize.
Also, you are also able to use a noise reduction feature (that you have to pay $3 once) to reduce any added noise to it. You can also pay to get the editing software (if you choose to go that route) and you can edit any mistakes that you make. It's a good app and there are plenty of good ones that can work for you so look around, try things out through trial and error.
It's a long and arduous process I'm not going to lie, it takes time. So be patient, have plenty of water and take your time recording everything. Your book is not going to be perfect, don't put that pressure on yourself. It takes me a good week to record my audio books because I record a few chapters a day and then I give myself a break. Here are some good tips:
1. Find a good microphone that will work.
2. Utilize apps on your android or Apple phone (trial and error).
3. Find an app where you can transfer your audio files.
4. Utilize a closed space to record your audiobook.
5. Take your time recording you books, pronunciate and emote.
You can sell your audiobooks on your own website and also on your Facebook page (if you have those things) by using a website named Ganxy. They allow you to post audiobook files and also eBooks. They take a small percentage of any sales that you make. For your eBooks you can add your major retailer stores to it (they don't take a percentage from there). The website gives you all of the information you need and they're very helpful.
That's it in a nutshell, it sounds simple but it's a process so embrace it. I honestly couldn't stand recording most of the time but I know that the end result will pay off in the long run. Always remember you have to think of the long run and long haul than right now. While it's good to get your content out, don't expect to see results right away. All of the time you spent recording may pay off further down the line when people discover you have audiobooks. Plus, nothing is more impactful than a person who buys your audiobook and hears the author's voice while listening to it.
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