A New Life! Retirement at its Best. 13

An Audiobook!

Yes, it’s official! I am working on the production of the Audiobook of Rising from the Shadow of the Sun. It is the fulfillment of a long-time dream, and it is finally not a dream anymore, but it’s really happening and I am very excited.

Living in this retirement community among many people who are either hard of hearing or have some form of macular degeneration, I first considered publishing my book in Large Print; that seemed easy enough. But then I read a publication which stated that audiobooks are becoming very popular and already have a world-wide market, not only for those with vision problems but for many other people who enjoy listening to books while commuting, working out, cooking, gardening and so on. Other reasons for their popularity are that audiobooks can continually be downloaded because they are never out of print, many non-readers would buy an audiobook to listen to and tell their friends, an audiobook will boost existing ebook and print book sales, and audiobook sales are growing by double digits.

In July, just as I was looking into it again and doing research on what it would take, D2Digital came with a special offer for Indie Authors – an offer I could not resist. And so it’s official! Spread the word! Recordings have started just last week (yes, it took about three months to get to that point) and if all goes well the final product will be finished by November 18. That makes for wonderful Christmas presents my friends! Think about it!

However, working on my Audiobook until the end of November, in addition to several Presentations that people have asked me to do, means that I will not have a whole lot of time to devote to writing my blog post every week. I hope you will bear with me and look forward with me to the Audiobook.

Next Tuesday morning I will drive to Sanford, a town about 45 minutes from here, for a presentation at the First Baptist Church; on November 27 the Raleigh Host Lions Club, the largest Lions Club and the largest service organization in North Carolina invited me for a Presentation at their meeting, and in the spring I will be talking to the Cary and the Apex Senior Communities, large groups, all!

Grateful that more and more people will continue to hear the stories my dear, courageous Mamma wrote down in her secret diary which she wrote under horrific circumstances, while struggling to survive the Japanese Concentration Camps in World War Two with her two little girls,Ā I say:

It’s a Wonderful Life!

Until soon!



4 thoughts on “A New Life! Retirement at its Best. 13”

  1. How wonderful Ronnie. Who would have thought way back during awful circumstances, your mother’s thoughts and experiences are coming to life . You are to be congratulated not to have given up as well as shared your story with others. I have read more books about that period in the last few years at this age than all the other years, because my family was silent…
    I must say, after watching the last movie “A time to remember” shown at the CA TIP kumpulan last week I decided that enough is enough. I am not going to watch those types of movies anymore. The suffering is real, the treatment of the locals unbearable. There is already so much suffering in the world, After the hurricanes, Puerto Rico and other Islands, Mexico, Bali, Fires all over the USA , Las Vegas. It feels for me too much. So I am really happy for you that another group of people are interested. Good for you.

  2. Thank you for your insightful comment, Ied. I had not thought that far yet. But yes, future listeners will hear the voice of my mother telling her story of life “In the Shadow of the Sun”. And yes, more personal stories are being published about WWII in the Pacific, and many historical fiction books on the same subject. And yes, enough is enough. I am concentrating on just my story and by the audiobook I will be able to carry it farther and longer into the world, because it will never be out of print.
    Enjoy every day with your dear Meindert and Pierre šŸ™‚ and keep in touch!

  3. Excellent news, Ronny!!!! We are so pleased for you. Your short time in retirement has opened new set of doors for you. Audio books are terrific, and with you narrating the result will be superb. Well done!

    Terry and Carol Thomas

    • Thank you Carol,

      Retirement is not bad at all! Iā€™m looking forward to it šŸ˜‰
      I trust Terry and you are doing well and keeping in touch with Dorothy. We are in touch by phone.


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