17 Tips on Selecting a Narrator for Your Audiobook
Insider’s Guide to Choosing a Narrator You’ll Be Thrilled With!
Becky Parker Geist
Edited by Jai Conley
Published by Pro Audio Voices
San Rafael, CA 94901
© 2017 by Becky Parker Geist
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Cover illustration and Book Design by Andy Parker
Your book is published (or maybe close to being published)! Congratulations! You’ve clarified your goals and developed a strategic plan for marketing your book in each of its formats: print, ebook, and audiobook.
You’ve prepared your audiobook manuscript, and perhaps figured out how you want to deal with all the details: front and back matter, footnotes and endnotes, images and charts, etc. If you still need help with any of that, I recommend you get the Audiobook Toolkit for Authors: How to SUCCESSFULLY Record Your Own Audiobook, available at www.authortoolkits.com. Even if you plan to hire a professional narrator, this would be a valuable tool for you, especially if your book is nonfiction.
It’s time to learn how to get your audiobook created. You’ve come to the right place if any of these questions are still lingering in your mind:
What should I be looking for when hiring a narrator?
Where do I look for narrator/s for my book?
How will I decide which narrator/s to hire?
How do I audition narrators?
Can I just hire an audiobook producer to find the narrator for me?
The narrator can make or break the success of any audiobook. No matter how great the content of the book is, a weak narrator can turn off your listener. That can also lead to a fan giving up on your other books whatever the format. By the same token, a great narrator can leave your fans begging for more by the same author and/or narrator. These tips will help you find a narrator that can help you soar to the top of your listeners’ lists of favorites and speed up the word of mouth marketing to boost your sales.
Some books provide clues as to which gender your narrator should be. If your book is written in the first person, you’ll be seeking a narrator of that gender. If the book is written in the third person but has a strong character perspective, that will usually suggest the gender. Think about from what kind of vocal personality your followers would most want to hear your content.
With many books, you could go either way. Often, the gender of your protagonist may guide you in your decision. If you have characters, is the “cast of characters” fairly balanced between male and female? Is there a lot of dialogue? If so, you’ll want to find a narrator who can do both male and female voices distinctly and well.
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Audiobooks are hot! Audiobook sales are projected to grow 40% in 2017 after a record-breaking 31% increase in 2016. If you're planning to record your own audiobook, check out Audiobook Toolkit for Authors: How to SUCCESSFULLY Record Your Own Audiobook. If you're planning on hiring a professional narrator, then this guide is for you! Nothing is more critical to the success of your audiobook than the selection of the Narrator/s who will bring your story to life! It's true. The narrator can make or break the success of any audio book. No matter how great the content of the book is, a weak narrator can turn off your listener. That can also lead to a fan giving up on other books of yours, whatever the format. By the same token, a great narrator can leave your fans begging for more by the same author and author/narrator combo. These tips will help you find the right person to read your audiobook. Wondering how to find a skilled actor experienced with audiobook narration who can help bring your story to life? Finding that right narrator for your audio book project can help you soar to the top of your listeners' lists of favorites and speed up the word of mouth marketing to boost your sales. Becky Parker Geist of Pro Audio Voices has been in the audiobook industry since 1981. As President of Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, she keeps abreast of what's happening in independent publishing. Bringing her experience in and knowledge of audiobook and theatre production, acting, marketing, and independent publishing, Becky shares in this book the keys to success she has discovered to finding excellent audiobook narrators for the recording projects she has managed.