Why should I write and produce audio books professionally…


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Audiobooks are growing rapidly as more and more people switch to listening to them instead of reading eBooks on their latest devices.
Although audiobooks aren’t yet as popular as eBooks, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), downloadable audiobooks are the fastest growing format with 28.8 percent growth from 2016 to 2017 and 146.2 percent growth from 2013 to 2017. Pew Research Centre also notes that one out of five Americans now listen to audiobooks, growing from 14% in 2016 to 18% in 2018.
The flexible format of audiobooks allows for a new level of convenience that wasn’t available in previous decades. Gone is the era when enjoying a 6-hour audiobook meant swapping cassette tapes: the file can be conveniently downloaded in minutes from Audible or your local public library. Storage space is also no longer an issue. For writers, this all amounts to another excellent source of passive income, even if you don’t have a radio voice. In this article, we’ll discuss the things you need to know before creating your first audiobook, including writing an audiobook script and producing the finished track.
Contents: Adapting a Book to an Audiobook Steps to Writing the Script Producing the Audiobook Adapting a Book to an Audiobook Whether you’ve published a print book or an eBook, publishing an audiobook is different. You might think of it as merely a book that’s read out loud, but it’s not a simple as that. It requires some sort of “adaptation.”
First, make sure your source book is in its best form possible. The print book or eBook should have been professionally edited and proofread before you even start considering the audiobook “adaptation,” as this will provide a strong framework.
Why do you need to adapt the book?
First, because what’s awesome to read might not be that great to listen to. The narration should sound enticing, not condescending; flowing, not clunky.
Second, remember that one page of a print book equals one minute of an audiobook. If it’s a book of groundbreaking importance for the scientific world and humanity, like Stephen Hawking’s works, readers might not object to listening to a six-hour audiobook. Since you’re most likely not an author of such caliber, be realistic and stick to one or two hours’ worth of audio.
Third, references in a print or electronic book must be removed and adapted to a brief, readable sentence within the body of the script. It would be impossible for audiobook listeners to click a link or imagine a chart or a graph, for instance. You need to make the information available immediately without any additional action required by the listeners.
Any visual images shouldn’t be described “as is,” but should be adapted to help in creating a pleasant auditory experience. If the visuals and images are required to be able to understand the concepts in the book completely, they can be included in a PDF companion document. The URL address can be mentioned in the audiobook for convenience.
Data and statistics should be readable in smooth sentences, and any bulleted lists should be re-written to ensure the content doesn’t sound truncated. In short, adapting a book into an audiobook requires empathy and understanding from the listeners’ viewpoint.
Steps to Writing the Script How long it takes to write the script for your audiobook depends on various factors, including the length of the source book and its “readiness” to be adapted. Allow a few weeks to prepare the script prior to the recording and another week or two for post-recording editing.
In general, you’ll need to do these steps when adapting and writing the audiobook script:
Step 1 Identify whether the source book is readily adaptable. This refers to whether it comes with parts that aren’t auditory friendly.
As discussed above, images, illustrations, call-to-actions, and reference links should be removed or re-worded. Footnotes and in-text citations should be re-written in a seamless way with the narration.
Step 2 Identify whether the source book is of a good length for an audiobook. If it’s too long, you’ll need to shorten it to fit in one or two hours.
By “shortening,” this may mean summarizing or simply removing certain parts, such as anecdotes and repetitions. An audiobook should be concise and understandable in pointers that can be grasped simply through listening.
Step 3 Make sure that the script has a good flow. While a print book or an eBook might already have good flow, audiobooks need to be “sound-genic.”
Do you remember the best-selling book The Law of Attraction by Rhonda Byrne? The video and the audiobook are much better than the print version, because the concepts can be visualized photogenically.
Step 4 Prepare the script to include voice marks. A single dash is used as a comma, a double dash is for a more substantial pause. More can be learned here.
Step 5 Convert the audio file into the accepted format. Audible, for instance, use AAX format. Others might be in MP3 or MP4.

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Amazon Audible

https://amzn.to/36KtpoZ

Amazon Audible

https://amzn.to/36KtpoZ

Amazon Audible

https://amzn.to/36KtpoZ

Amazon Audible

https://amzn.to/36KtpoZ

Amazon Audible

https://amzn.to/36KtpoZ

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