So, it is with great pleasure that I embark on my next adventure in publishing: creating an audiobook of Blue Hydrangeas with actor Elinor Bell and ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange, an Amazon company.) ACX is a marketplace where professional authors, agents, publishers, and other rights holders can connect with professional narrators, engineers, recording studios, and other producers capable of producing a finished audiobook, as well as with audiobook publishers. With ACX, I am in control of my project, choosing my producer/narrator, the time frame for the project, where it will be sold, even the royalty structure.
More than twenty producers/narrators auditioned for Blue Hydrangeas. I chose Elinor Bell because of her professional approach to the audition and because I liked her voice and the way she read the sample script. I was looking for a mature reader, without any regional accent, and someone who appreciated the story of Jack and Sara. Elinor met all of my criteria and more. We had a lovely discussion on the phone to finalize details of our contract and I learned she has first-hand knowledge of dementia as her mother suffered with it. She also loved the book, which is very important to me as the author. Elinor has extensive experience on stage, in film, and in commercials, voiceover, and audiobook narration. She also swims and sings (mezzo soprano), which are talents I greatly admire.
Production has started and I am waiting for Elinor to deliver the first fifteen minutes of the book, which should be a good indicator of what I can expect for the remainder. We will work closely together throughout the process, communicating chapter to chapter, with her recording and me reviewing and revising as we move along. Our goal is to finish within sixty days.
Once complete, the audiobook will be available for digital download on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. I chose an exclusive distribution option, which guarantees the book will be for sale on these three sites at a minimum, as opposed to the non-exclusive distribution option, where I would be able to distribute the audiobook to any additional retailers, in digital and/or physical format, on my own. Since these three leading digital retailers reach the vast majority of audiobook buyers, I felt comfortable going the exclusive route.
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