Wednesday, April 6, 2022

IWSG ~ Lah-Lah-LAH

This next Insecure Writers Support Group optional subject to discuss - basically, a question - is one that I've grown softer on over the last couple of years. 

Let's preface the discussion by saying this: Without a doubt, I am an in-the-hand, must-feel-paper, and bask-in-the-scent of a physical book kind of gal. Can't help it. It is what it is. Just like the fact that my eyes are dark blue. But unlike the fact that my eyes are blue, my need of 'feel' for physical reading can expand and grow.

Audio books can be super convenient. Like when I'm trying to do two things at once like read and walk the dogs or fold the laundry and get some reading done; listening/reading is pretty handy in the car, too. But again, that's not my preferred way to read a book. We can leave it at I've grown to appreciate the versatility audio books provide. Now saying that leads me into today's optional question:

Have any of your books been made into audio books? If so, what is the main challenge in producing an audiobook?
 
Yes, my young adult book Marked Beauty was made into an audio book. I have to say that the process was absolutely fascinating to me. My publisher allowed me to search for possible voice readers from a couple huge databases. So, from an author's POV, I'd have to say that the endless list of voices I listened to began sounding the same after a while. That was the biggest challenge for me. Haha... My publisher's biggest challenge? I'm not sure. I'd have to ask them, which would probably make for an interesting article. I just might do that.
 
 
What about all of you? Like audio books better than physical books? Doesn't matter? And you authors out there: has one of your books been made into an audio book? 
 
Sheri~ 

7 comments:

  1. I like to read print books better too, though I do read some audiobooks. That's awesome that you were able to be so involved in the production of your book into an audio version.

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  2. I prefer eBooks overall. But I'm glad mine are available as audio books. It was fun listening to the auditions. Fortunately my publisher just sent the best three!

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  3. I prefer ebooks out of all of them. They're easier for me to hold, don't take up much space, and are quiet. The one thing about audiobooks that I really don't like it the talking part. LOL

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  4. LOL - I can tell you the biggest challenge. Marketing.

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  5. Congrats on the audiobook. Challenge or not, I'm glad it happened. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  6. Ha. The voices do start to sound the same after listening to so many.

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  7. I'm a print book fan, too, but audiobook are amazing for those longer car drives. I had no idea that yours was available in that form. Guess, I have a book for our next trip.

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