Creating Amazon Audiobooks by Nancy Radke

Amazon has put up a way for authors to change their books into audiobooks. It is fairly easy to do, requiring the author to listen to the book read and make small changes whenever the AI reader does not get the pronunciation correct or when a pause is needed.

Amazon Audiobooks

I do not like mechanical voices as they do not read with very much meaning to the voice. My biggest problem is that when the point of view is changed, I can’t change the voice from a male character to a female, or vice versa. But I will admit that they are good enough that with a little fixing in spots, they open up a new audience for authors. I can see truck drivers, the visually impaired, and the busy homemaker who wants to read a book but just doesn’t have the time all using this.

As to effect, I just changed “The Toughest Man in the Territory” into audiobook form. I found while listening to it that I could feel the sense of urgency and danger in that book as the characters fought to survive in the wilderness, from going over a large waterfall to fending off grizzly bear attacks.

By changing just a few things like the punctuation—using an exclamation mark instead of a period, the spelling of a word so that it was spelled phonetically rather than with its correct spelling, and adding a long pause whenever there was a change in point of view, I found that I could make the mechanical voice work.

Now to get forty or fifty of my books up as audiobooks. At least spring is coming to the Pacific Northwest, bringing in more sunshine and less rain. (We had a flurry of snow last week.) I enjoy sitting in the sunshine and writing my books, now I will take my computer outdoors and just listen to the audiobooks as I edit them.

My first books up as audiobooks include “The Handsomest Man in the Country,” “The Toughest Man in the Territory,” and “Terminal Pursuit.” I’d like to get most of the Trahern series up on audio, as they are told in first person point of view and it doesn’t sound so strange hearing the book read entirely in a male or female voice.

 


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About Nancy Radke

A USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse's nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. Nancy spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said "Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes." It is light and humorous. Nancy currently has over 30 books written, both modern and western. All her stories are sweet and wholesome.  View website

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