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...
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.
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If you really do drink a half bottle of Jack Daniels and then record, you'll find that first your words will cease being individuals and become part of an extremely long sentence that will make absolutely no sense to anybody but you....
...and when you wake up, you might find that the microphone has left this really strange criss cross pattern on your forehead.
I hope this helps ya ...
This audiobook fee business is interesting.
Recently I did an ab .. 250k words or so and I quoted £1000 for the work (sorry don't know the exchange rate). After a couple of emails we arrived at a fee of £650. The work took 10 hours over 2.5 days and was in a studio with a director and ended up being very easy and a lot of fun.
A little longer ago I quoted something proportionate for a 350k words piece by a major US author and was asked if I was kidding .. didn't get the gig I hasten to add.
How can there be such a disparity of expectation between here and there ? There seems to be no standard here .. not that I really expect there to be one but authors and publishers on both sides of the "the pond" must surely operate in similar ways. I bet the major guy would have snapped my hand off if I had offered to do it for $100 but when I suggested something "reasonable" he thought it was outrageous. He must be used to getting the work done for next to nothing .. people are glad to have been associated with him!
Best regards All.
I started to shake uncontrollably after I read it.
Then I drank a half bottle of Jack Daniels just to settle my nerves (just kiddin'). I took on a 54000 word book for my first endeavor in audio books and before I was done, my dogs wouldn't even stay in the same room with me.
I didn't answer him (I'm glad you did though).
Your Humble Servant,
Ran Alan Ricard
'Don't Just Get Voice Over ... Get Ran Over!'
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