Creating an Audio Book

Part One

Creating an audiobook has been both easier and harder than I thought it would be. There's a lot more that goes into it than simply sitting and reading into a microphone. There's the timing and rhythm of your reading, as well as the possibility of a flub. Nothing that can't be fixed or overcome, but there are a million possible pitfalls that can hold your work up. Hopefully I can help you avoid a few.

Background noise

I used to think that I lived in a quiet neighborhood. Not a lot happens here. I'm the crazy, loud neighbor on the block, and so far I haven't had the police called on me.

Then I started to record an audiobook. The paper thin walls of my house did nothing to block outside noise, and my recording suffered for it. What I would think was a great recoded piece where the words flowed with ease, was ruined by my neighbor casually talking on his phone.

If you are going to record at home, you need to prepare! A couple simple bevels put on the wall solved about half of my sound problems.

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Family can be so noisy

Even after I conquered the sounds from the outside world, I still had the sounds of my house to contend with. Living with other family members can make things difficult when it comes to recording.

They aren't trying to interrupt your work, but someone has to do dishes! Sometimes things cannot be helped when you live in tight quarters, and you need to do things on the cheap side.

I found a simple way for me to avoid the annoyance of daily sounds was to record at night. When I couldn't do that, it was repeated takes until I had the sound I wanted.

A good recording program

Most importantly is finding a recording program you are comfortable with. There are quite a few on the market if you have the money, but I don't. As such, I used a freeware program to record mine. It just so happens to be one of the best programs, free or paid. Audacity let's me do everything, turning my computer into a soundboard. And don't be intimidated by the program. If you have even a rudimentary knowledge of computers, you are more than capable of using this program. There's tons of YouTube tutorials that make the program simple and easy to use.

Don't be afraid to Fiverr it

If this all sounds daunting, that's because it is. It was a lot to take in and understand. That being said, there are options for you to improve your recording sessions without using the programs. If you don't mind paying, you can pay someone else to clean up your audio. Just know they can only do so much. Your audio should be as clean and in order as you can get it, before you attempt to hire someone else to finish it. In the future, I will probably hire a sound technician to finish the sound of my audio files.

There's going to be a bit more I share as time goes on, as this was almost as encompassing a journey as writing and publishing my books were. Just know you can do it. I know you can. #SupportIndieAuthors and keep being awesome!

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