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  1. Easton_Livingston

    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    Though this should go without saying, if you're going to self-publish, you need to have a website. This is a given. However, for many, this may be a daunting endeavor. So, I thought this may help some along who may be stuck on how to go about it. Enjoy and learn. All the best. God bless.
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    Audiobook Recording Equipment Advice

    No shame there. It's how we learn, right? I will be busy recording past the end of the year. I have several books scheduled to be recorded. By mid-2019, God willing, I'll be in the double digits as far as books recorded. There are five other audiobooks I will be recording on top of my writing. Like I said, I'll be much busier than I anticipated so I'll have to balance that with my writing. There are worst things that could happen, like no work at all. God bless.
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    Audiobook Recording Equipment Advice

    Well now. That's a little more than a question or two. I'll make it short. I didn't start to go at this in any serious fashion until earlier this year. I've done books in the past and at this point, I have about eight books under my belt, including the one I'm recording right now. I have a background in audio production so it was a no-brainer for me to go that route. How long it takes me to record a five-hour book depends on what I have on my plate at the time. I do audiobooks part-time to supplement my writing though I've been getting more jobs lately and it's taking up a good chunk of my time. The book I'm recording now is 12.7 hours. That is going to take more than a little amount of time to finish. But off the top of my head, it would take me about 7-1o days comfortably. I could do it in four but that would be pushing it and I wouldn't want the quality to suffer to meet a deadline. This is for the whole package: recording and editing. If it was just recording, I could do it in two days. Eventually, I will have to contract out but until then, I do it in-house. That's the abridged version. Tada!
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    Audiobook Recording Equipment Advice

    That always seems to be an issue with those brand new to ACX. Congratulations that you got that far. Press on!
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    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    Good grief. Talk about hitting the nail on the head. Kudos. I holehartedly uhgree.
  6. Easton_Livingston

    Audiobook Recording Equipment Advice

    No problem. Let me know if you need anything else, my dear. God bless you and keep you.
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    Audiobook Recording Equipment Advice

    Here's that video from a pro in the audiobook business, Sean Pratt.
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    Audiobook Recording Equipment Advice

    I record audiobooks to supplement my writing. I'm actually working on an epic fantasy I have been contracted to do and I've done several books about historical figures as well as other. I've been recording for close to 20 years. There's been some helpful advice given but what I would pay more attention to is the room you're recording in. That is crucial. If the room is not treated correctly and have good acoustics, it won't matter whether you have a good mic, good software, or good headphones. There's an old saying in the business: garbage in, garbage out. If what you record sounds like garbage going in, there's no amount of post-editing that will make that sound good. A big part of your sound sounding good starts with the area you record in. Does it have sufficient treatment? Though it may be a little more than what you need, it's important to understand the basics of room treatment. So, I would read this article to get a grasp on it: The Ultimate Guide to Acoustic Treatment In addition, you need two things in concert with that: a good mic and a good preamp. That second one is what most people overlook. A good preamp is crucial. Personally, I run a Presonus Eureka which has been discontinued (they have a paired down version called Studio Channel. See below). I actually have three preamps but use the Presonus almost exclusively. I mention that because a preamp is that important for a good, robust sound. Here's a list of a couple good budget ones: Presonus Studio Channel Art Tube MP Studio V3 Studio Projects VTB1 Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Most of these run under or around $200 except the Presonus which is closer to $300 (the Eureka I bought was $500 when I bought it in the mid-2000s). Microphones are a different beast and it's a good idea to try whatever microphone you're looking at with the preamp you're buying with it. Everyone's voice is different and it takes some trial and error to get a preamp and mic that works well with the timbre of your voice. The number one things, however, is are you called to do this and are you serious about it? I say that because many people think just because they have a nice sounding voice it qualifies them to read audiobooks. That couldn't be further from the truth. I'll post a video concerning this after this post. You also must be willing to edit audio unless you are going to pay someone to do it for you. If you decide to list yourself as an audio narrator on ACX, you MUST edit. It's part of the package. Therefore, you must invest in audio editing software. Many people use freeware like Audacity for that. Personally, I've never been a fan and use Steinberg's Wavelab Elements. For $100, it's top notch and allows me to upgrade to the big daddy if I ever need to. Which brings me to another important element: monitoring. For recording, you need a decent pair of headphones. For mixing, I don't suggest using headphones but using a pair of studio monitors. You don't suffer from ear fatigue as fast. You can monitor with headphones (I do sometimes) but I wouldn't exclusively go that route. A decent pair of studio monitors should suffice (in a decent room to monitor in). There's much more but I would focus on those elements. To recap, in order of importance, it would be: Recording booth acoustics. Microphone and mic preamp (jointly) Audio editing monitors Software Things like audio interfaces and headphones should be considered but are nowhere near as important as what I've listed above. God bless.
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    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    My whole purpose of starting this thread was for those interested in self-publishing specifically to come and get information and the help that they needed to get them started through that process. Everyone's goals are not the same. Some of us want to write full-time. Some part-time. Some just want to get that one book out that's been in their heads for years. But all have come to the conclusion that the antiquated system of publishing is and has changed and the traditional route is not the way to go for them. Everyone is learning. No one has all the answers and some answers are more right than others. So keep the questions coming and we'll learn and grow together. God bless.
  10. Good deal. I'll be more than happy to contribute some work just to get you up and running. This is already published but it may be brand new to people who come to your site. Let me know when you have it together. God bless.
  11. Easton_Livingston

    Backstory: Yes Or No?

    I agree with the majority of the article, especially info dumping and understatement increases interests. Unless it's something that needs to be explained for the story, simply mentioning a minor detail in passing will often be enough. If a reader gets lost, they can go back and search to see if the continuity is intact. The one major part I disagree with is backstory is for characters, not writers. Actually, the backstory is for writers to know their characters. A backstory is so writers can write more believable and distinct characters. So it's for novelists so they can write the main story. It's true that some of those details may not come up in the story but they may. That being said, the last point is important, especially for novelists who write in series or a specific universe. Fantasy world building is important but you don't want to fall into the trap of continually writing the backstory and not writing the story. World building paralysis. Good article overall. Lots of good points here.
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    Free Webinar On Cover Design

    If you've got the talent and or experience, I say go for it. Personally, I'm of the school of thought to hire out for your covers. You can get your covers done at an extremely affordable price and take that time focusing on marketing, writing, or crafting. But like I said if you have the talent and the time, may be worth doing. God bless.
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    Free Promotion E-book

    Something else along the same lines is the free ebook from Nick Stephenson, Reader Magnets. My philosophy has changed on this a little but the basics are the same. God bless.
  14. Easton_Livingston

    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    Never too late to join in. Welcome to the monster I have created. Muhahahaha! If you really want to know how to get started in this self-publishing thing, then when it goes live again, I suggest Mark Dawson's Self-Publishing Formula 101 course. It is about how to self-publish, not write. Plenty of books and courses out there for that. It's a little pricey ($700+) but he now has a payment plan you can utilize. If you're serious about self-publishing and want to do this as a business, I highly suggest the course. If that's a little much, then I'd check out his free mini-course as well as the free ones from David Chesson of Kindlepreneur and Bryan Cohen who does some Udemy courses on bookselling as well as other things. Of course, post in this thread if you have any other questions. God bless.
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    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    Actually, it wasn't just for fiction. There was one day where they talked about craft and so forth (think it was Friday), but Saturday and the rest were for anyone who writes books. Good info.
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