Hands up, baby

I have been recording the audio version of my book this week, for Audible.com, the company I used to work for. I never would have imagined how grueling it is to record an entire audio book. I am sequestered each day for 5 hours in a tiny, airless closet, sipping mint tea with honey in an attempt to keep the frog in my throat at bay. I have to read and try not to let it sound like I am reading. I have to get the tone and intonation right, project, stop when my stomach gurgles or when a truck passes outside or a plane flies overhead. I have to remember to stop before the last sentence on each page, so I can turn the page between sentences. I have even found myself singing in the book. Twice. And let me be very clear: I don’t sing. Today I sang the Club Med theme song and Silent Night. The amazing thing is that it will take about 30 hours to record a book that will wind up being 10 hours long. It will then require another 30 hours of editing. An amazing process for something I really hadn’t thought much about before.
Hopefully it won’t put anyone to sleep, and no one will laugh at my singing. Hands up, baby, hands up…

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  1. ANovelMenagerie January 15, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Congratulations! This is fablous!

  2. anniegirl1138 January 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    How cool is that? Wow. I hate the sound of my voice, but I am seriously going to give vidcasting a go this spring – even worse than just voice because people will have to look at me too and there is tons of middle-aged woman angst there.

    Congrats. This is a really neat thing.

  3. Abigail January 15, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks! It is really cool. The book is not getting a ton of publicity from the publisher, so it will be great to have another way of getting it to people. Funny how things work out sometimes.

  4. LisaMM January 28, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    That’s so cool! I had no idea the process was so involved- 30 hours of recording for 10 hours- wow, that’s a lot of editing!

  5. dadshouse February 3, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    This is so interesting to me. I can’t wait to get to a similar stage in the publishing process (knock on wood!)

    So, should I order the written or spoken version of the book? If written is all that’s available right now, I’ll get that.

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