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While everyone knows that a decently produced audio book with solid voice over talent takes some money, there are ways to capture the essence of your audio book while keeping it within financial reach.

1) Create a list of the absolutes for your particular book and see what there is that can be adapted or changed. For example, many want to have multiple voice over talent read their books. While this might very well be on the “creative” wish list, multiple voice over talent costs significantly more, especially if reading a novel. Consider either having one voice over talent read, who has great voice inflections and create multiple characters, or depending on the book, have a male and female both read your book, but by alternating chapters. The minute you have multiple voice over talent reading the same chapter with intertwining lines, creates an environment where now all of the various voice over talent have to have their schedules cohesive. This creates more strain on great sounding voice talent who would read for us a lower rate, but now they are torn with possible scheduling conflicts and are politely asking for more money, because they will actually make less running around. And the idea that one voice over talent will read in their home studio while another is recording in their home studio, often creates an audio book that doesn’t sound cohesive or flow, but has timing issues and is not convincing. Better to have one great voice over talent read your book, then multiple if not in the same studio reading at the same time.

2) Be sparse with music and sound effects. Unless you are prepared to pay handsomely for great sounding music and sound effects, it would better to have less than more. One mistake that beginning authors make when starting out, is that they want everything including the kitchen sink included and only pay a few bucks for production work. If you listen to many of the best selling authors audio books, you will notice that many if not most, do not have a great deal of music or sound effects. Best practice is to introduce the beginning and chapter entry with music to signal that the chapter is starting.

3) Don’t allow yourself to be lured into the “one stop” shopping with online publishers that get you an audio book – you might as well have not paid for it at all. A poorly recorded audio book is worse than not creating one at all. Do you really want to put your name on an audio book that has lots of hiss, poor reader skills, with choppy audio, dogs and lawn mowers heard in the back ground? Probably not. It would be better to spend a few more dollars on the front end and sell a few more when completed, along with the pride and respect as well as other potential opportunities that might come your way, because your book just sounded more polished and professional.

For advice and pricing of your next audio book production, contact Tom Gauger at 615-300-5030 or and his website