How did I get into audiobooks?


As self Isolation and Covid19 become part of our normal (and I hope long and healthy) lives, I and many of my narrator colleagues are being overwhelmed with enquiries about ‘how to get into audiobooks’. I am getting almost as many emails asking how to set up a home studio and record remotely. I’d love to be able to answer all these emails and messages individually but I’m afraid I can’t – I have deadlines to meet I there just aren’t enough hours in the day to individually answer every email or mesage that comes in. And in case you’re wondering how I’m finding time to write this, it is now 1.30 in the morning! It’s been a long day!.

I’ve just spotted this on Facebook posted by Tanya Eby, narrator and owner of Blunderwoman Productions, one of the most generous people I know, who is also feeling the pressure at the moment. Tany writes . . .

“I’m getting a ton of emails from people who want to ‘bend my ear’ and talk audiobooks for a while. They’ve always wanted to be a narrator and now seems like the perfect time.

It’s actually not the perfect time.

The creation of audiobooks and narration is not easy. It seems that way, because we make it appear that way. So, even if you have a home computer and a microphone…there is SO much more you need to know before you’re ready to produce an audiobook.

With what’s happening in the world right now, the audiobook industry is in flux and the new productions will need to be with established talent who understand the minutiae of producing a book. And there’s a lot of detail to it.

I wish I had time to educate people, but every time you ask me for coffee or a virtual meeting, it’s an hour out my day that I could use to be working and supporting my family. And I need to support my family more than ever right now...

“This is not to say you CAN’T do it. You can. There are resources available to you. One of the little known things about audiobooks is that if you’re really meant to do this, you will figure it out yourself. It’s actually great training in being a narrator. You need to be self-motivated, a problem solver, tenacious, responsible, respectful…and have some talent. You also need to research the heck out of the job.”

So … where do you begin that research?

Tanya suggests that you visit ‘The Narrators’ Roadmap’ – created by Karen Commins. This is an absolutely brilliant and comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to know more about Audiobook Narration. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

You can find ‘The Narrators’ Roadmap’ by clicking on this link.