How To Make An Audiobook
I sat in a tiny room for 12 hours with just a microphone and myself. This is what it was like.
For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram, last week I recorded the audiobook for my debut novel, Peach Tulips. Ever since I was a child, I’ve felt insecure about my ability to read aloud. Well, spending 12 hours reading into a teleprompter at Panoram Studios has been a great way to overcome that!
I was there for most of Monday and Wednesday. Luckily, over the weekend, I met some amazing people who said they love listening to teen romance audiobooks! They shared that they find it especially awesome when the author reads their own work. Their encouraging words, and the hourly price of the room, gave me extra motivation to not screw it up 😂.
On the first day of recording, Monday, my throat was fine. But after a couple of hours of recording on Wednesday, it started to hurt to talk. I ended up drinking a lot of hot beverages like coffee, which smoothed and soothed things out so I could finish the story. My final audio file came to be 10 hours long.
Now 100+ hours of editing await me! I’m using Descript so I can read the transcript and edit the audio at the same time. Hopefully, that will make things go a lot faster. It’s also my grandma’s birthday on August 20th. I’m seeing this as my deadline to publish the audiobook on Audible so that I can give it to her as a gift 👵🏻. Wish me luck!
In the meantime, I’d love to know:
What is your favorite audiobook? Who wrote it? Do you remember who read it?
p.s. Paid subscribers get to see some of the behind-the-scenes pictures below…
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