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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  • Just completed Segment 1 and now recording and editing Segment 2 of a non-fiction audio book for Cherry Hill Publishing.
  • WOW. Okay, I have my homework for the week, don't I? LOL! Thanks guys! I'll check all these out. I actually don't have a demo yet, as all my stuff from my former radio days got lost in one my many moves over the years (didn't have computer back up back then...radio was smoke signals, LOL). That's why I am building everything from the ground up. I do know a local studio guy, I'll try and work some trade for studio time, or other arrangement so I can start putting together demos, and the University of Memphis has its own radio station, so I can look into that as well. THANKS AGAIN!
  • Have you searched your bookstore recently? They are overstocked now cause of holidays. Go to audio book section, Browse the aisles. Examine the books front and back. Who published them? Who is the narrator? Can you apply to this publisher with your demo to try to get work? Make a list. Do your research.
  • There is a really great two part article on www.voiceoverxtra.com written by a man who tells you how to approach publishers to get hired as a narrator. Gee, it sounds like I am mentioning this site every twelve words. I don't own the site, folks, but honestly, it has great info for every area of voiceovers. Gosh, that was a swell commercial, wasn't it! lol
  • About home studios since they are vital to doing long-form narrations for money: Get acquainted with a recording studio pro or two in your town. Most will give you some lessons for pay and it's worth every penny to study with pros! Also, check out your local colleges, especially community colleges. Here in my area in Texas, several are offering non-credit courses in audio recording. My voiceover and voice and speech students attend and tell me they are wonderful courses. I just know you have this in your area too.
  • In answer to Michael's quest here for info on home studios, two suggestions: Visit the site www.voiceoverxtra.com and you'll find many articles and podcasts. Second, on this site, VU, look at top of page for "forums" and pull down that menu. Then go to "groups" and in four pages or so, you'll see Every Group on this site. Then, join the ones that interest you. The term "forums" is a little difficult if you don't know what to look for up above, so I tell lots o folks how to get the whole groups menu to come up. Join lots of groups. It's great!
  • Michael - I'd suggest the Tech Notes For Voice Talent, Gear Heads, and Booth Builders and Box Buyers groups for education. Also search for "home studio" for plenty of pics and articles. Best, Al
  • Hi all! I am somewhat new to VU, and am a little lost in the site. I was looking for a forum where I might find some advice on setting up a home studio with my PC. Is this a good spot for that or is there a more tech savvy forum to which I need to go? Awesome site! Thanks to George Ledoux for sending me the invite!
  • Hello everyone. Great comments here. Let me talk about some of them here: Roy...great news that you're doing a paying long-form narration job. Oh yes, it's very different from all other types of voice work. Congratulations! And please email me off list, Roy. There is a chance I'll be doing workshop in New Orleans in March by invitation. To Ed and others who asked: The webinar I did for www.voiceoverxtra.com is available as a download. If you enrolled in webinar, go download it free. If you missed webinar, you can now buy the download from VO Extra for the webinar fee. Look on that site for info. Thank you all for your warm Thanksgiving wishes and back atya!! Thanks to all members for your input and joining our group. Do please ask any questions you may have and post thoughts regularly for us all to see and consider. So now it's on to the December holiday season. I'm sending giant hugs to you all. Bettye
  • Greetings from New Orleans, LA. I hope everyone's Thanksgiving was a memorable one. I'm not new to VO but new to this group and new to long form narration. I've volunteered to narrated a few passages of legislation for HearTheBill.org and just recently booked a long form narration audiobook for Cherry Hill Publishing. It's way different from the short form narration, the radio ads & imaging I've been doing for the past 8 years but I'm really enjoying it...and the money.

    I hope to network and learn from all of you as I venture into this new and exciting chapter of my VO career. Thanks for having this group on VU.
    http://HearTheBill.org/
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