So, I submitted a few auditions through ACX.com, a meeting place for audiobook producers and the writers, and this evening I got sent a contact to produce my first audiobook. I am so incredibly excited about this! I give you, Wizards and Heroes, by Clark Graham.
So, the first thing I did, because I don’t want to be “that guy” was I read through every word of the contract for me to produce this audiobook. No, seriously. Every. Last. Word. It’s pretty straight forward. I’m given so much time to complete the audiobook and once complete it will be reviewed and listed with Audible. Whenever the book sells, I will get 20% of the sale price. (Audible gets 60%, the author gets 20% and I get 20%). I haven’t completed my payment information yet, but that’s easy enough, I just need to get that plugged in. Not that it would be soon, but it’s something I need to do.
Alright, so here’s the process:
- Contract is signed and dates are agreed upon.
- The author will send me a manuscript of the book that I will be reading.
- I will go over the enitre manuscript a few times looking for any problems that I will need to clarify with the author (ie: characterization, pronunciation, any grammar errors I may find, etc…).
- Once the manuscript is square, I begin recording.
- The first fifteen minutes have to be completed for review to be sure I’m on the right track by December 5th (2 weeks from today). This shouldn’t be too difficult, for every 1 hour of an Audiobook, it takes 4-5 hours of production. I should be able to manage the first 15 minutes of the read by just reading 2-3 chapters and pushing those through. If given a 5-6 hour day of working, this won’t be a problem at all.
- Once the first 15 minutes are approved, I will blast through all the rest of the book. I plan on reading the entire book through in my normal voice, then re-recording character voices individually so that I keep their tone and accents pretty much the same throughout.
- Once the recording process is done, I will begin the cleaning up. This is mostly just going through and covering up places where I slurred or something. Normally I get those on the first go, but if I miss anything I just re-record those parts and then mix them in.
- Last step is the mastering. Making sure that the levels are clean all the way through and that the book is ready for production. Steps 7 and 8 are by far the longest parts and will probably take about 20-30 hours of work. Luckilly, the finished book isn’t due until February, so LOTS of elbow room. (Still, I’m going to try to push for early January in case there are any further edits)
So that’s it! I will have my manuscript soon and I’ll start recording shortly after that. This is the first dip into what I feel is my dream job and if I can persevere through the training process on the software I am sure that I’ll do great!