I had tried, during my dwindling free time, to do an audio of my novel, Anticipation of the Penitent. Not having the right equipment or patience in my limited time frame made it impossible for me to record it! I'd given up on the idea.
What got me thinking again about bringing voice to my characters was when a potential contractor for replacing my windows struck up a conversation with me about his love of reading. I hadn't told him I was a writer, but of course, after that, I surely did! And he was excited, especially when I gave him a quick spiel of the plot.
He took out his phone to look up my book, then said, "Oh. It's not on Audible?"
"No. I said," disappointed to not have a potential fan to my controversial story.
And that got me thinking. If not for audio books, I would not have "read" nearly as many books as I did during my long commute. Why not invest in my first novel and have that extra avenue for telling this story??
And so I did. I used ACX and hired someone who's voice and reading style was suitable for the main character and whose cost was affordable for me.
And now, Anticipation of the Penitent is an audio book and has been on sale since November 19, 2021. What an exciting way to start the holiday season!
The thing I love about Audible is that you can adjust the reading speed. One edit I couldn't seem to get across sufficiently was for the recorder to slow down her reading speed sufficiently. But Audible (and possibly other platforms) allows you to reduce the reading speed. I did that, and by reducing the speed to 90%, it's perfect!
I am so looking forward to reading about others' delights (or stresses) with regard to our chosen dedication to sharing our voices through writing.
You can hear a sample of the audio book and learn more by clinking here or on the picture below.
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