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Do you want to be part of the growing audiobook industry? Are you an indie author looking to expand your readership? Learn how to narrate and produce your own professional quality audiobook within a budget. I won’t bore you with a list of my expert qualifications because I don’t have any. I’m not a tech wiz. I’m not an actor. I’m an average person, just like you, and if I c Do you want to be part of the growing audiobook industry? Are you an indie author looking to expand your readership? Learn how to narrate and produce your own professional quality audiobook within a budget. I won’t bore you with a list of my expert qualifications because I don’t have any. I’m not a tech wiz. I’m not an actor. I’m an average person, just like you, and if I can do it, then so can you. In this step-by-step beginner’s guide, you'll discover: ⬩ The pros and cons of self-narrating ⬩ Affordable equipment options ⬩ Narration tips ⬩ How to edit and master with free software ⬩ Audiobook distribution options ⬩ All the dumb things I did so you can learn from my mistakes ⬩ And much, much more! If you like down-to-earth, budget-friendly advice with a touch of humour then you'll love Narrated by the Author.


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Do you want to be part of the growing audiobook industry? Are you an indie author looking to expand your readership? Learn how to narrate and produce your own professional quality audiobook within a budget. I won’t bore you with a list of my expert qualifications because I don’t have any. I’m not a tech wiz. I’m not an actor. I’m an average person, just like you, and if I c Do you want to be part of the growing audiobook industry? Are you an indie author looking to expand your readership? Learn how to narrate and produce your own professional quality audiobook within a budget. I won’t bore you with a list of my expert qualifications because I don’t have any. I’m not a tech wiz. I’m not an actor. I’m an average person, just like you, and if I can do it, then so can you. In this step-by-step beginner’s guide, you'll discover: ⬩ The pros and cons of self-narrating ⬩ Affordable equipment options ⬩ Narration tips ⬩ How to edit and master with free software ⬩ Audiobook distribution options ⬩ All the dumb things I did so you can learn from my mistakes ⬩ And much, much more! If you like down-to-earth, budget-friendly advice with a touch of humour then you'll love Narrated by the Author.

38 review for How to Produce an Audiobook on a Budget

  1. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Ihsan

    Exactly what I wanted it to be This book was exactly what I wanted it to be, but was still too hard for me to understand properly. Partially, that was because I am not currently working in the programs she was talking about and I’m not currently trying to narrate my own audiobook. This is a great book, with stripped down, bare bones instructions, to follow along while you are actively working on your own audiobook. I was reading this as a sort of fact-finding mission. To see if I wanted to do it Exactly what I wanted it to be This book was exactly what I wanted it to be, but was still too hard for me to understand properly. Partially, that was because I am not currently working in the programs she was talking about and I’m not currently trying to narrate my own audiobook. This is a great book, with stripped down, bare bones instructions, to follow along while you are actively working on your own audiobook. I was reading this as a sort of fact-finding mission. To see if I wanted to do it myself. I recommend this book if you are ready to record your own audiobook.

  2. 5 out of 5

    E.P.

    A very short and informal but useful introduction to audiobook narration. This book won't turn you into an instant expert, but if you're interested in trying to narrate your own audiobook, this book has the basics and some useful technical tips. A good place to start if you're looking into doing a little bit of your own narration. A very short and informal but useful introduction to audiobook narration. This book won't turn you into an instant expert, but if you're interested in trying to narrate your own audiobook, this book has the basics and some useful technical tips. A good place to start if you're looking into doing a little bit of your own narration.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cathleen Ross

    This is a terrific book. Conoulty has a lively writing style and the novella is a pleasure to read. She gives clear cut step-by-step directions on how to create an audiobook. Definitely worth buying for indie writers who want to take a step into audiobooks. I particularly liked how Conoulty explains how to avoid the mistakes she made. Very helpful for those who haven't done it before. This is a terrific book. Conoulty has a lively writing style and the novella is a pleasure to read. She gives clear cut step-by-step directions on how to create an audiobook. Definitely worth buying for indie writers who want to take a step into audiobooks. I particularly liked how Conoulty explains how to avoid the mistakes she made. Very helpful for those who haven't done it before.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Esther Campion

    Renee Conoulty has taken the hard work and internet trawling out of learning how to record your own book. Funny snippets from her personal experience, including low flying planes and blowing raspberries, help lighten this most informative text.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Armani

    I really enjoyed the author's voice in this book. She presents what she learned about creating her own audiobook, the pitfalls she encountered so you and I won't have to. Her clear, step-by-step instructions make the process far less daunting. I also appreciated her single best one-liner in the entire book. "Proof-listening is as important as proof-reading." It's an important reminder. Better to check twice and find a bad review once. I really enjoyed the author's voice in this book. She presents what she learned about creating her own audiobook, the pitfalls she encountered so you and I won't have to. Her clear, step-by-step instructions make the process far less daunting. I also appreciated her single best one-liner in the entire book. "Proof-listening is as important as proof-reading." It's an important reminder. Better to check twice and find a bad review once.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sacha Black

    One of the best books out there for indie authors. This goes straight to the top of my best 2019 reads. Super detailed, super instructional, it’s the guide to audiobook making I’ve been desperately hunting for. If you want to create an audiobook, THIS is the book for you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Catherine

    Easy to read and full of useful tips! I've been wondering how authors go about narrating their own audiobooks, so was very interested to read this guide. Renee Conoulty breaks it down into digestible steps with links on where to find further information. Highly recommended for anybody thinking about producing their own audiobook. Easy to read and full of useful tips! I've been wondering how authors go about narrating their own audiobooks, so was very interested to read this guide. Renee Conoulty breaks it down into digestible steps with links on where to find further information. Highly recommended for anybody thinking about producing their own audiobook.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susanne

    If you've thought about narrating your own audio book, this book offers a tried and tested method with advice from an author who has done just that. It's simple to read, user-friendly language allowed even this techno gumby to imagine narrating my own work as a possibility. There are plenty of tips and sensible advice from the writer's own journey of discovering how to use equipment, what sort of equipment and software programs to buy, things to be aware of and traps to avoid. At the end are use If you've thought about narrating your own audio book, this book offers a tried and tested method with advice from an author who has done just that. It's simple to read, user-friendly language allowed even this techno gumby to imagine narrating my own work as a possibility. There are plenty of tips and sensible advice from the writer's own journey of discovering how to use equipment, what sort of equipment and software programs to buy, things to be aware of and traps to avoid. At the end are user-friendly links to people, places, programs mentioned in the body of the book. Highly recommended resource. A short read (30-40 minutes) packed with information and helpful links.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    If you’re an author interested in getting your work into audio, and you’re thinking that it might even be a POSSIBILITY that you could do it yourself, I HIGHLY recommend you take the time to read this little book. Renee Conoulty lays out in the simplest possible terms the lowest-cost method of doing it yourself. She breaks down the technical requirements and how to get your work to achieve them and pass quality checks used by the major distribution platforms, including Audible, and how to get yo If you’re an author interested in getting your work into audio, and you’re thinking that it might even be a POSSIBILITY that you could do it yourself, I HIGHLY recommend you take the time to read this little book. Renee Conoulty lays out in the simplest possible terms the lowest-cost method of doing it yourself. She breaks down the technical requirements and how to get your work to achieve them and pass quality checks used by the major distribution platforms, including Audible, and how to get your book ONTO those platforms. And she lays out for you the three things you need and how much they are going to cost: 1. Software; there’s a free one called Audacity which is adequate for the job. 2. Hardware; no, you cannot record on your phone. You need a microphone. It can be a cheap one to start with; there are USB mics out there under $50. 3. Recording space. Very possible to DIY on the cheap or free, but actually the most important thing of all to spend your time getting right. I don’t think there’s any better recommendation than a testimonial, so here goes: I started my career as an author narrator in December 2019 with this book, a walk-in closet full of clothes for a recording space, and less than $100 of hardware. Within two weeks of putting up a sample and asking for feedback, I was being paid to record audiobooks for other people. I’ve since recorded over 20 books and am pulling down excellent pay for them. I’ve upgraded my hardware and learnt some new software tricks, but this is absolutely where I started. I’m lucky enough to be blessed with an amateur dramatics background and the perfect accent for audio (neutral British English). If you’re a good storyteller and you think you can stand listening to your own voice, recording your own audiobook might be for you, and this book is an excellent place to start figuring out how. Five stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Swafford

    The cheap and (relatively) easy way to narrate your own work! As an author on a budget, I am always looking for ways to get the most for my time and money. Reading this straightforward approach to audiobook narration was enlightening and I look forward to putting the information to use. A definite help for me!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nikki LeClair

    Straight forward and to the point. After watching videos after videos, I picked up this book and am 100 confident I can try and do this. Renee's instructions are so easy and her guidelines at the end are a life saver. Straight forward and to the point. After watching videos after videos, I picked up this book and am 100 confident I can try and do this. Renee's instructions are so easy and her guidelines at the end are a life saver.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rayner Ye

    A fantastic book on how I can turn all my books into audio books. Yay!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly C.

    Short but very informative. This book covers a ton of helpful information in a concise way.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather Balog

    Where was this book when I needed it six months ago?!?!

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