Check out this fun interview with Donna Postel where she talks about being an elevator voice, narrating romance and cozies, performing work by Joyce Carol Oates, and her Audie nomination!Read More
There’s nothing frosty about Aiden Snow! Check out this warm interview where he talks about his time in a band, voicing Dragon Ball Z, and life as a narrator.Read More
Noah Michael Levine, narrator, talks with authors Renea Mason, Karen Amanda Hooper and Lilly Atlas about the world of audiobooks. Check out this great interview!Read More
This snuggly interview gets Jeffrey Kafer talking about video games, space operas, being a Man of Romance, narrating a bajillion titles, and the other projects he’s working on.Read More
Get a little bit closer, but not too close because boundaries, with the hilarious, charming, and talented Melissa Moran!Read More
Megan Tusing talks about performing in the booth and onstage, her trip to Reno and an upcoming trip to Scotland, and gives a little insight into her audiobook work.Read More
Get comfy with Christa Lewis. She’s a poet, narrator, and coach and chats about what she’s learned from narrating romance (check out the hashtags), using her ability to speak German in some titles, and more!Read More
Get to know narrator Teri Schnaubelt! She talks about the importance of storytelling, her path to full-time narration work, her love for graphic design, and some of her favorite projects.Read More
Karen White discusses the evolution of the audiobook world over the last 20 years, her growth as a writer…and some favorite audiobooks she’s worked on.Read More
Andi Arndt discusses being an entrepreneur, a performer, a lover of music and travel…and gives some terrific insight into her world of audiobooks and beyond.Read More
Get comfy with Tanya Eby…narrator, writer, and owner of Blunder Woman Productions. In this piece, she’s a little vulnerable and talks about audiobooks as a way to connect, the importance of storytelling, one day becoming Robot Tanya, and working with Sarina Bowen, Susan Mallery, and others.Read More
Erin deWard talks narrating, dancing, climbing trees, Shakespeare, and working with people with disabilities. She's a multi-talented performer. Snuggle in and get to know her!Read More
Amy Landon proves in this interview that she just might be one of the coolest chicks on the planet. She talks narrating, cute meets, motorcycles, horror, romance, and audiobooks in general.Read More
A really funny interview with Noah Michael Levine where he talks about his first time! (His first time narrating an audiobook that is.) He also discusses saucy scenes, facial hair, and some really terrific romance and erotica titles.Read More
A terrific interview with Sarah Mollo-Christensen on narrating, dogs, and books in general.Read More
Hello, beautiful. Yes. We're talking to you! Sometimes we actually talk DIRECTLY to you if you listen to one of our audiobooks. Because we love our listeners, this giveaway if for YOU.
You deserve a little pampering. Enter this giveaway and we will send one lucky audiobook/romance fan a Hello, Gorgeous! gift box from LUSH (or another gift of equal value if they run out).
Enter our handy RaffleCopter thingy below, and you're entered to win. June is Audiobook Month, so this contest runs through the end of June. While there's only one grand prize, there will be surprise runner-up prizes too.
So check out our artists HERE, tell writers about us, sit back and curl up with an audiobook, and know that you are gorgeous, inside and out.
Also, follow us on Facebook or Twitter to learn about new romance and erotica audiobook releases, blogs, and more!
Additional prizes for Runner Ups!
4 runner-ups will receive a $5 card to Starbucks so you can kick back with a beverage, courtesy of Tanya Eby.
Award-winning narrator, Karen White, offers terrific in-depth information on marketing your audiobook, and why choosing the right narrator is the first step.Read More
For much of the decade, audiobooks have been the big story in the publishing industry, setting growth and sales records every quarter and showing no signs of slowing. Still, as a self-published author, you may be unsure whether audio is right for you at this point in your career. Even if the time is ripe, and your fans are clamoring for audio, you may be unsure about the budget, casting, production, distribution and marketing of your audiobooks, which can be overwhelming.
RomanceNarrators to the rescue! A few dozen of us who love narrating romance--and coordinating production for authors-- have created a boutique casting site. We were in Atlanta at RT to introduce ourselves and answer your questions, in panel discussions (Audiobooks 101 for Authors), in-person casting sessions (Meet Cute: Author-Narrator Speed Dating) and even a session about marketing (Where Is Your Listening Audience?). We also had a bazaar stuffed with narrator swag and answered your questions.
Did you miss RT but still want to know more?
Here are a few important things to know:
- When in doubt, retain your audio rights. You want to have a say in whether and how your work is brought into audiobook form.
- You have a menu of options when it comes to creation and distribution of your audiobook, and your narrator-producer can advise you of the differences.
- Narrators are independent freelancers. We work for many publishers, but we can also work directly for you, providing turnkey audiobook production from PDF to retail-ready download.
- Some romance fans only listen to audiobooks and rarely or never buy print or ebooks. When a romance fan hears good things about your books and types your name into the Audible search field, are you there?
We'll be covering these topics and more this year on our blog here at RomanceNarrators.com. Feel free to post any questions you have now and we'll start answering! Also, check back for more blog topics and giveaways.
Andi is busy delivering her calm, cool and clear sound from her broadcast quality studio in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Through her production company, Lyric Audiobooks LLC, which includes a team of editors and proofers, she delivers fully produced, finished audio and often travels to other studios to direct and produce audiobooks for indie authors.
You want to meet some narrators?
Maybe you're a fan of romance and erotica audiobooks, or maybe you're a writer, publisher, or agent looking to cast your next book. And maybe scrolling through a bunch of clips feels a little cold. Well...good news. There's a whole gaggle of us going to Romantic Times 2017 in Atlanta, and you can meet us there!
Here's what we're up to:
Take a screen shot so you can know where to find us!
The INTROVERT SCAVENGER HUNT is a great way to meet and interact with narrators and win audiobook prizes and other goodies.
SWOON-WORTHY AUDIOBOOK VOICES gives you a little insight behind the scenes with how narrators translate from the page to the ear and is hosted by Audible.
AUDIOBOOK-101 gives valuable insight for producing an audiobook either on your own or with a publisher.
AUTHOR-NARRATOR SPEED DATING is where you can really meet and greet some of those voices you've been swooning over. This fun event is intended for authors, agents and publishers to have a few minutes and meet a narrator one-on-one, before the bell chimes, and you're on to the next one. It really is like speed-dating, only you don't have to pay for lunch.
WHERE IS YOUR LISTENING AUDIENCE gives you basic production info for creating audiobooks, but takes it a step further with insight on how to reach your audience through reviews and marketing choices.
BAZAAR BOOTH is where you can pick up special narrator swag and talk to people in the business.
So there are plenty of ways to meet your next voice, or to say hi to someone you've been listening to for a while.
Search for AUDIOBOOKS on the RT agenda, and...
You can find us attending panels and events, and in the hallways.
Look for people wearing these t-shirts:
If you see someone wearing a shirt like this (or one that says NARRATORS KISS AND TELL) there's a 98.164% chance they're a narrator...or they're a fan. Either way, there's a 100% chance that they'll be friendly, because you have to be friendly to wear a shirt like this.
See you soon,
Your Romance Narrators
So you've taken the plunge into audiobooks! Whether it's your first or 10th audiobook, you may be wondering how best to market audio and find listeners.
First and foremost, remember that any marketing you do for your ebook will likely give a boost to your audio sales as well. But for audio specific marketing, here are some ideas to boost exposure and sales of your new audiobook!
--If you published via ACX, about a week after your audiobook is released for sale on Audible, ACX should send you 25 free download codes to distribute to reviewers, use for contests/giveaways, basically whatever you want to do with them. If you haven't received them after a week, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and request them. (You can also request more after you use up your initial 25.)
There are a couple of great places to find audiobook-philes looking for new books to listen to:
www.audiobookboom.com - a service that connects interested listeners with authors looking for reviewers
Aural Fixation - a FB group of dedicated romance audiobook listeners, they do giveaways and share recommendations
Audio Loves - another audio listeners group with a focus on romance, they welcome giveaways from authors and narrators
Audiobook Addicts - general audiobook listeners group, they have a weekly page for promos from authors/narrators/etc
Audiobook Giveaways - a group where you can gift out review copies of your audiobook
You can submit your book for review by Audiofile Magazine, a publication dedicated to audiobooks:
Audiobooks for review group
OTHER MARKETING IDEAS
--Create a SoundCloud link using a sample of the audiobook to use on your website, social media, etc. If you're not sure how to do this, your narrator may be able to help you! :)
--If you have a website, add a section for audio, with links to your Audible page.
--Running a Bookbub ad often results in a big bump in audio sales, especially if the book is Whispersynced.
--You can submit your audiobook for an Audie award (the Oscars of audiobooks). Entries for 2017 are closed, but they'll begin taking submissions for 2018 in July. Find out more about the submission process here: https://www.audiopub.org/members/audies
--And finally, if you published via ACX, there's a way to make a custom link to a free Audible trial offer, with your book as the first free download. (They can cancel anytime and still get to keep their one free book, but for anybody who signs up this way and keeps their Audible membership, you get a $50 "bounty" payment from Audible.) It's a great thing to share with fans who love your ebooks/print books, but may not have discovered audiobooks yet!
Here are instructions for how to make the custom free trial link for a book:
Good luck! :)
ABOUT THE BLOGGER:
Laurel Schroeder received her MFA in Acting from the University of Houston, and now calls Chicago home. She has narrated over 100 audiobooks, including titles for Audible, Harper Audio, and Blackstone. When not in the booth narrating her latest project, she can be seen in film and onstage, most recently in the world premiere of Good for Otto, by Tony Award winning playwright David Rabe. You can also see her in the award winning film, The Wise Kids. She loves dogs, coffee (although strangely, she drinks decaf), and getting to tell stories for a living.