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We are Published! Release Date: December 01, 2017

Hooray! All the hard work is done! It took four and a half months from the time of conception to the actual publication of the Audiobook of Rising from the Shadow of the Sun, A Story of Love, Survival and Joy.

On July 18, just as I was contemplating on how to start getting my book into Audio, I received this email:

“Get Your Books into Audio with D2D & Findaway Voices!

Findaway Voices gives authors everything they need to create professionally narrated audiobooks, including:

Full Control—No upfront fees. You keep all your rights. And no exclusivity. Ever.
Global Distribution—Access to a global platform that reaches consumers in more than 170 countries, through all major audiobook sellers across retail, library, and K12 channels including Audible.
Custom Narrator Casting
Professional Production
Full Service and Support–As a D2D author, you’re used to high level customer support, and you can expect the same with Voices.
We think this will change everything in the audiobook landscape— empowering authors to keep their rights and reach new markets!”

Already a D2Digital Author, I signed up with Findaway Voices right away.

The next step, the first week of August, was listening to the recorded voices of six narrators. I requested a 15 minute audition of two of them. One qualified, but then I heard she was not available until August 2018! I received a new list and listened to auditions of four more, then two more. And then I found her: Stephanie Dillard. On September 26 I confirmed that I wanted to hire her as the narrator of my book. Stephanie was still working on another narration but promised me she could start on mine at the end of October.

In the meantime I learned how to use Quick Time Player on my Mac and chapter by chapter I went over the “foreign” words in the text. I made a list of them and sounded them out, one by one. Those words included words in Dutch, German, Indonesian, Japanese and Hawaiian. I emailed her the lists and my audios, and you will hear that throughout the text, she pronounced all those words beautifully. She must have studied long hours to get that done. When I had gone through the whole book like that I turned it over to her and she started the narration on October 26.

We emailed back and forth a few times when she had questions and then, on November 18 came her email: Finished!

Findaway Voices then gave me ten days, till November 28, to listen to the text and edit where necessary. Well, unexpectedly, that took a huge number of hours between me and her; not because the pronunciation of the text, but more often because of the intonation. We worked hard, back and forth, and last night, on November 28, we got it done and approved.

After a final approval process with Findaway Voices came the result: You’re Published! What joy! Another dream fulfilled. I set the release date to be December 01, 2017. It will take two to three weeks for all the channels to distribute it and then it will be available worldwide.

These are the channels of distribution:

Audible, Amazon, Apple, Audiobooks.com, Downpour, eStories, Hummingbird, Libro.FM, NOOK Audiobooks, Playster, Scribd, TuneIn

and the following Libraries:

3Leaf Group, Baker & Taylor, Bibliotheca, EBSCO, Follett, Mackin, Odilo, Overdrive and Perma-Bound.

Isn’t that an impressive list?

It’s a Wonderful World!

Until Next Time!

Ronny

 

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