May 22, 2017

If you have an hour to spare and want to hear in detail how to produce an audiobook, you can listen to my latest podcast interview with Paul Teague here, released today.

Paul produces quality weekly podcasts on the subject of self-publishing. His site is called Self Publishing Journeys, and over the past year he's built up a library of fascinating interviews with a wide range of authors.

I used the accompanying movie poster meme to promote this latest podcast - couldn't resist the pun opportunity,...

In perfect circumstances you could probably get your audiobook from the initial ‘Ah-ha! I think I’ll make an audiobook’ moment to the ‘Ooh look, people are downloading it!’ euphoria in about a month, but based on my own experience you should allow somewhat longer than that.

April 3, 2017

In case you’re... also thinking of turning your book into something people might want to listen to – people such as long-distance truck drivers, passengers on long-haul flights, the visually impaired, and, let’s not forget, those who find reading a real challenge for whatever reason – I’m happy to share the story so far.

March 20, 2017

‘...when suddenly I blubberdy-dubbledy bum-bum bugger,’ I said, having made yet another error in my narration. ‘Sorry Jon, let’s pick that one up…’

It was reminiscent of Bill Nighy in the opening scenes of Love Actually where he’s making mistakes singing, ‘Christmas is all around you…’

It was a common slip of the tongue, and even professionals are prone to it. Show me Stephen Fry or Lindsay Duncan doing a complete read-through without stumbling and I’ll eat my microphone. Well, maybe just the pop-...

November 23, 2016

Have you ever read a story to your child, or someone else? Have you ever read it for four hours? And then repeated that for four days in a row? Well that’s what it can be like recording an audiobook!

October 21, 2016

Yesterday I found the perfect recording studio in Liverpool. Not because I'm about to release an album (you'll be relieved to know) but because I'm going to produce an audiobook version of Against The Current.

It's a daunting challenge. Based on a trial read of two or three chapters, it looks like I'm in for up to 12 hours' recording - no mean task even for someone who's worked in broadcasting! Most of my narration and voice-over experience has been for TV programmes, commercials, documentaries,...

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