Listening to the Words by Laura Greenwood

To anyone who follows me on Social Media, or is part of my Mailing List, my love of audio has probably been obvious recently! So I thought I’d tell you a bit about the process.

Before I became an author, I used to listen to audio while I was at the gym and that was about it. So when I became an author, I didn’t really consider audio. Until my friend, Skye MacKinnon, suggested looking in to it. Since then, I’ve been steadily working through my back catalog of books getting them turned into audio books.

But what about the process?

  1. First I have to put them up for narrators to audition for (unless it’s a sequel that I want to offer to the narrator of the first book). Picking one is hard – it all comes down to the voice, the accent, and whether they feel like the character they’re auditioning for. I have ended up offering a narrator a different book to the one they auditioned for because I thought they’d be a better fit.
  2. Waiting! First for the first 15 minutes, then for the final audio.
  3. Proof listening – to make sure it all sounds right, there’s no missed bits, things are pronounced right. This is always an interesting part for me. Hearing my words aloud is a very unique experience.
  4. Any changes that need to be made!
  5. Approval…and more waiting! It takes anywhere between a week and three for audio to be live on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes after I’ve approved it!

One thing I never expected with audio was to listen to it and actually consider what I’ve written to be a good story. This was most notable for me in the Ashryn Barker Trilogy – which is now complete in audio. While I’m writing, I love the story and the telling of it, but I always worry about it. Hearing it out loud gives me that extra boost I didn’t know I needed!

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About Laura Greenwood

Laura is a USA Today Bestselling Author of paranormal and contemporary romance. When she's not writing, she can be found drinking ridiculous amounts of tea, trying to resist French Macaroons, and watching the Pitch Perfect trilogy for the hundredth time (at least!)
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