Audible by Design

In the summer of 2019, I attended a session at the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference on making audio books. I’ve been going to the conference on and off for several years. The attitude at the conference is beyond encouraging. Writing is hard, and the people at this conference not only help with the craft, the overall attitude has you leaving the weekend with new writing energy. And perhaps some bruises to your ego when your craft could be better.

In the session on making audio books, the presenter knew his stuff, and by the end of the session, I was convinced that making an audio book for “Nano-Uncertainty” was feasible. The presenter did his own recordings and has a regular podcast.

I went to the Audible site, submitted an excerpt, and listened to five or six auditions. Some seemed like they didn’t get the flow right. My book has a bit of technical language, and some of the readers didn’t handle that well. I liked Zane Boyer, and we worked out a deal. He recorded the book and sent me a file for each chapter. I listened and made notes with the time mark for each issue. There were only three or four issues per chapter. He corrected the recordings, and I submitted it to Audible for review. They released the book on September 1, 2020. The process took about six months.