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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  • To all familiar and not familiar with need your help and have never asked for help before. It is a wonderful site dedicated to digitizing works in the public domain through audio. If you have not visited please do so, you'll enjoy the company. The more readers the better!
  • I just figured out what is wrong. I used my home email rather than my studio email when I signed up....doh!!!
  • Bettye
    I don't know if there is a technical problem or a problem with my account but it is now 6:15 and I have been trying to log into the webinar for the past 20 minutes with no luck
  • Hello everyone. Thank you for your comments and questions here. Yes, tonight's webinar through is on your demo and marketing. Be there! You still can enroll but hurry! To answer Cynthia's question, you are contacting publishers small to large and you also must target the authors themselves to try to get audiobook narration work. More on the webinar. See ya tonight, I hope.
  • First comment was for Sean Crisden, from a oringinally a Schuylkill County girl, was in Pottstown last week visiting family!
  • Hi Bettye,
    Am going to that site next, will get in on tonite, missed part 1, so will do podcast. Is the who to market for this work in this webinar?
  • Good for you! Nice job! so who is the contact ( producer, ad agency, publishers?) for this type of work then, still haven't seen that answered, if you can share?
  • Hi Bettye
    I have been so busy with the Olympics I have not been able to even step foot into my own studio for almost three weeks now. I am sooo looking forward to your webinar tomorrow.
    Christine- I am happy to hear that you now have a studio set up. Chuck- I've never managed to get off Oahu when I am out your way since I am usually working and at Pearl the whole time I am out there (okay okay so I have managed to stagger into Moose McGillycuddys and Dukes on occation in Wakiki -- I am a sailor after all).We probably wont get a chance to meet on your turf but hopefully we will at VOICE
  • Don't forget about I just joined and have selected a short non-fiction essay to read and submit. I haven't delved in to the entire site, but it seems the possibilities are endless (as long as the poem/story/book) is in the Public Domain. I'll keep you posted.
  • Great point Ann!

    There are also "read to me" or "read aloud" programs in many communities that need readers to go into local schools and read to children. Another way to give back.
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