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.
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.
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,...