This group is BUSINESS...where are the jobs today that pay narrators? Who has these jobs? What are the sources we might contact with a demo to get narration jobs? Sure, we can talk about narration techniques too...
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A thought from Bettye.... You are entering the PUBLISHING INDUSTRY. Learn about it!

You must have a killer audio book demo to get paying work in this field especially from PUBLISHERS. You also must separate jobs you do on your own in your home studio from voicing for publishers, often in their studios. When you read for publishers, the pay is better and you often don't do the audio engineering. Mostly, they prefer readers in their own studios. The audio book jobs advertised on the online pay to play sites are usually from vanity publishers or the authors themselves or for other reasons...not publishing house jobs. Know the difference. And get used to the fact that audio books usually pay for THE FINISHED AUDIO HOUR. How long will it take you to get one finished audio hour that is perfect? That depends....could be two studio hours could be twenty studio hours with you engineering and voicing it too! Be very cautious on your price bidding.
Bettye Zoller

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  • Hi Bettye, Thanks for starting this group. I have been recording audibooks for a number of publishers for several years, but there is always something to learn. I would appreciate it if everyone here would take a look at my audiobook website? I'd appreciate your feedback? The titles there are all ours. Hope to see you soon Bettye.
  • Check out RFB&D. They are always looking for volunteers and I found that's the best way to practise, practise, practise!
  • Thanks for the document "What is a audiobook". I'm am new to the world of voice overs (Hea, feel free to check my demos out on VU); and one of my gut feels is that audiobooks should be part of my product arsenal. Only challenge is you have to be very adapt at developing mutliple characters in your reads; and be able to be consistent throughout.

    The $$$ will be more than for commericials; and it seems like the marketing effort will be just as timeconsuming either any genre. Does that make any sense???

    With that said - I'm taking to task, and looking for opportunities to volunteer for audiobook reads wherever I can find them. Nothing yet - but I'm looking
  • Hello Dear Lady...

    I don't know if I told you or not, but I finished my second audio book contract for JimCin Recording. It's a Sci-fi Novella and is on right now ......... AND I just got two 5 star reviews.

    Who'd a thunk that!?!

    Your insight, advice and encouragement is the main reason I can write this ...

    Thanks Girl ....... YOU ROCK!!!! ;o)

    Ran Alan Ricard
    Voice Talent
    'Don't Just Get Voice Over ... Get Ran Over!'
  • Thanks for joining my group, Shane. Pat Fraley is a master teacher and well schooled in audio books. There are many people teaching who are not really experts in this field, but Pat certainly is a pioneer and pro and one of the best in the world. As a Simon and Schuster author, reader, producer, and as the owner of an audio book publ. house for nine years, I also am an expert and just want you to know that since you've now studied with Pat you are in a position to go ahead with your narrator ambitions. GO FOR IT.
  • Tomorrow in my second day of my Dallas Audio Book Intenstive Weekend, we are reading copy and getting coached and directed. And I will, as promised, be reporting back here after tomorrow is over, about the weekend, what questions were answered, problems from students, more. Watch this space!
  • Absolutely there are female reads such as the romance novels your sister enjoys. They are from a female point of view, a female VOICE. And some works are from a male voice view. I always instruct my students, male or female, to think about that. We choose pieces of varying types and attitudes and voice acting genres to put on an audiobook demo...variety is the key.
  • Whilst I've taken on board your advice to try different types of content to practice, do you think there are types of reading that are specialised for male or female? I'm thinking specifically of the romance novels that my sister is addicted to - they all seem to be female readers. Is it because they can identify with a female narrator as their inner voice?

    Great article by the way!


  • Last November I attended Pat Fraley's Audio Book Narration Workshop and I'm interested in pursuing long-form reading further. Bettye, I have not yet read your article, but I look forward to your insights.
    Shane Shellenbarger
    THIS IS MY ARTICLE: "WHAT IS AN AUDIOBOOK." Just for you...all I ask is that you credit me if using it.
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