Audio Ga Ga

Last month my long-time friend, Nancy Gideon, mentioned her publisher was releasing one of her early (very early) romances as an audio book, so I asked her to write about the experience.

Audio Ga Ga by Nancy Gideon

After my 30+ year writing career, I thought I’d done and seen it all. Wrong! I never expected my first book, a big sexy Regency-set historical published back in 1987(!) to be the one to show me something new. Audio books!

I’d heard of them but never had listened to one (or really, even considered it) until Tell-Tale Publishing reissued SWEET TEMPEST, my first writing effort w/a Lauren Giddings. It took some convincing for me to get onboard with the idea of putting it out on audio in addition to trade and e-book (surely, they weren’t expecting ME to read it out loud! Horrors!), but the idea of “auditioning” narrators was intriguing. (There’s a huge group to choose from: Male, female, those who do varying voices and dialects – Who knew?) The minute I listened to a demo of one reader’s voice (with a catalog of various accents!), I was sold. Teri Clark Linden was awesome!

So, how does it work, I wondered?

The narrator came on for a percentage of the audio book proceeds (some request flat fees depending on length of project), with the audio version coming out through Audible. I was sent a track of her reading a passage from the first chapter. Wow! She did uniquely accented voices for the characters, from my smooth aristocratic hero to the gruff-voiced heroine holding up his coach in disguise, as well as the driver, his best friend and their two “companions”. I could picture them as I listened!

Then came the completed audio sent to me for review in chapters. Though my narrator did a fabulous job, staying consistent with ALL the different voices, I was repeatedly thrown by my hero’s voice, which wasn’t what I’d “heard” as I created the character. But, of course, this wouldn’t be an issue for other listeners (like seeing your main character on a book cover and saying, “That’s not him!”).

I listened to the chapters over my lunch hour at work, noting any mispronounced or erroneous words (there were a couple). Though reading and listening are VERY different experiences, I was quickly caught up in the story, easily picturing the scenes as they were spoken, transported to Regency England by the myriad of accents and on the edge of my seat during the action scene. And, I confess, sometimes the crooning voice had me nodding off (but I do that when reading, too!). After requesting a couple of very minor changes, I was able to give my enthusiastic approval, and within the week, SWEET TEMPEST was available on Amazon in audio! My publisher sent me links to send out for review (just like book galleys!).

Would I turn to audio on my own to get my self-pubbed books onto the earwaves? As it becomes an increasingly popular way to “read”, I have to investigate. But for now, I can’t imagine finding enough hours in the day to add another flavor to my already overloaded plate. Maybe something to fill in those retirement years . . . if they ever arise. So, I give thumbs up on the audio experience, but proceed with caution on helming it myself when pieces of profit on a book sale are so hard won already.

But I AM thinking audio book for my next plane ride . . .

SWEET TEMPEST is now available in paper, e-book AND audio . . .Sweet Temptation AUDIO

Nancy Gideon

Nancy Gideon is the award-winning bestseller of over 68 romances ranging from historical, regency and series contemporary suspense to dark paranormal and horror, with a couple of produced screenplays and non-fiction writing books tossed into the mix. A legal assistant in Central Michigan (when not at the keyboard working on her latest book in progress), she feeds a Netflix addiction along with all things fur, fin and fowl and dotes on her grandguy. Nancy’s also written under the pseudonyms Dana Ransom, Rosalyn West and Lauren Giddings. Look for reissues coming soon under those pen names!

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10 Responses to Audio Ga Ga

  1. Maris Soule says:

    Thanks, Nancy, for taking the time to write about your experience. I love it when a narrator can “capture” the voices and pull me into the story. Sounds like you have a winner.

  2. Diana Stout says:

    I have yet to hear anyone talk about making this transition as a bad experience. It’s made me wonder if I should go this route or not, but like Nancy, it would add more to an already filled plate. Hmmmm. Great post, Maris.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Diana, The Crows has been out for years as an audio book through Books in Motion. I like the reader, but the audio version hasn’t sold many copies. I’m not sure if that’s due to subject or marketing. I’d like to try something through Amazon’s program.

  3. I was very interested in this. Intrigue Publishing informed me that they arranged for my romantic suspense novel THE INHERITANCE, published last year, to come out in Audible. I am eager to get the download and know how it came out.

  4. Nicely done. Audio books are definitely gaining in popularity. As Diana said, I’ve not heard of a bad experience from anyone.

  5. I’ve taken to reading audio books while traveling around town or on road trips. The narrator’s ability to carry off a variety of voices is the top element (besides a good story of course) I use for rating an audio book.

    I’ve heard some good ones that accompanied great stories. I’ve heard narrators who somehow narrated a whole series and only two of the characters sounded different from all the others.

    I’m glad Nancy found a good narrator. That’s encouraging and I’m glad she’s considering it for future projects. Thank you for sharing her experience, Maris.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Thanks for your comment, Paula. I know Nancy was pleased with the narrator who did her book. As you said, a narrator who can give different “voices” to different characters can make hearing a story much more enjoyable.