When you wrote your novel did you see it as a movie? Did you hear the character’s voices talking in your head?
What if you could bring your novel to life as an audio book? Who would you hire? Your mom? Your dad? Your best friend?
Maybe, but what if you could find someone amazing, someone who was able to use sound affects and music to let your readers HEAR the drama in the story?
Where would you find such a person? Check out ACX.COM. (No, they’re not paying me to say this.) This is an Amazon affiliate link. They list narrators who are for hire. The main website link is here: http://www.acx.com
There are almost 20,000 narrators here. You can search and specify for male/female voices, specific genres, and style of voice. Do you need a British accent? A Russian accent?
(Btw, I found a Russian teen voice for my YA novel book trailer at this site. I’ll be sharing the trailer around February 25. Can’t wait!)
Find voices in the search menu, go to their sites and listen to samples of each their voices. (Yes, it’s fun, but it’s also a huge time sucker, so be careful. You need to get your word count done for the day first. Just saying….)
Post an excerpt of your book and how much you’re willing to pay per hour. Some narrators want to share the royalty. Some are willing to work for $50/hr, but some expect up to $200/hr.
Wait until someone records their audition. You’ll receive a message when someone has auditioned. You listen and decide. My advice: TAKE YOUR TIME.
You’ll know when the voice is right for you because you’ll have heard it in your head for a long time.
Here’s the LINK to how it works. Once you have THE voice you want, send them an offer and one of ACX’s contract forms to make it all legal.
How do I know that the money I spent for an audio version of CACHE will pay for itself?
I don’t. It’s another crap-shoot. But in my gut I believe it will be worth the production. It might take a while for the cost to pay for itself, but I believe it will, especially after I read Thomas Umstattd’s post here: Reading trends for 2014
Who’s Thomas and what are his credentials?
About Thomas Umstattd
I like Mr. Umstattd’s predictions, and I know there are readers who would prefer to hear the book rather than see it. So I’m taking the gamble.
I had a total of nine auditions before I chose Tomas Burki. You can visit his narrator page at ACX HERE.
(If you have an interest in becoming a narrator this might be a great site for you too!)
Here’s the audition of CACHE a PREDATOR.
What type of narrator voice are you looking for?