Ever since the Adam Fletcher Series debuted with The Smuggler’s Gambit, I’ve been getting requests to make audiobooks available. I wanted to wait until I had a couple of other titles out first before diving into that, though.
Now that the first three books are out and selling well around the globe, I think it’s time to turn my attention to finding the perfect narrator for the series.
A big investment
There is so much involved in finding the perfect person to give voice to dialogue in fiction. Readers have already developed ideas about how certain characters are supposed to sound, so it’s important to ensure that any potential narrator has a clear understanding of who Adam Fletcher is, as well as his friends and family, as well as where they came from and where they are going with each new adventure.
I don’t want readers to feel like they’re listening to a book. I want them to feel like they’re in the middle of the story. It will take time to find just the right voice talent for the job. Also, just think of all the accents found in the first three books, alone: Carteret County (and various other regional accents), English (two different regions), Spanish, and Scottish.
In addition, there’s a big price tag associated with audiobook production — to the tune of anywhere between $100-$200 per finished hour of recording. For a book of close to 80,000 words (like The Smuggler’s Gambit), that’s about 8.5 hours worth of time.
I don’t want to do this half-way. I want to make sure that the recording is top quality so I want an audiobook producer who knows what they’re doing.
A great deal for readers
I hope to make the audiobook versions of the Adam Fletcher Series novels available for Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. And those who purchase (or have purchased) the Kindle editions will be able to get the Whispersync audio versions for only $1.99 each!
What a great deal, right?
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