Authors Katie Darden and Shawn Inmon join BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney to talk about how to get your book into audiobook format. It isn’t as scary as you might think!
What we cover in this podcast:
**How does an author go about making an audiobook?
**Why did you decide to put your books in audio form?
**Did you record your own or use a narrator?
**Can you get a stipend from ACX to incentivize your narrators? How to increase your chances of getting one.
**How did you decide to compensate your narrator? Choices are 50/50 split or pay upfront.
**How to figure out your costs
**What to watch for in the narration process
**Setting up auditions, inviting narrators
**Making an offer to a narrator, contract issues, rights issues
**Communication with your narrator once you decide on one
**Reviewing chapters as you go
**Asking for revisions
**Should you edit your manuscript to make allowances for audio?
**What happens when the narration is done and approved?
**Getting your book on Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
Shawn Inmon hails from Mossyrock, Washington–the setting for his first two full-length books, Feels Like the First Time and Both Sides Now. Both of those are available as audiobooks, as well as print and eBook. By day he works in real estate with a side of public speaking; prior to that, he has DJed, sold stuff that you definitely wanted, cooked your hamburgers, fished for crabs, bought for department stores, and done business consulting. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Dawn. He is a father of five, grandfather of five and best pal of two chocolate labs named Hershey and Sadie and a slightly insane cat named Buddha.
Katie Darden is a Business and Career coach, Trainer, Speaker and Internet Marketer with over 20 years experience in Human Resources, including Personnel as well as Training and Development. She’s held several different roles in government and private industry across a broad range of organizations, from small business start-up through City, County, State and Federal governments.
Her varied experience includes working as a consultant for businesses such as Microsoft, Intel, Continental Airlines, Alcoa, Johnson and Johnson, Applied Materials, MCI, British Telecom, Glaxo, Hewlett Packard, Honda, Ontario Hydro (Canada), Syncrude Canada, US West, Department of Veteran’s Affairs and several California State Agencies. She also served as the Administrative Services Director and Personnel Officer for the largest Indian Tribe in California.
Katie has built and managed several small businesses since the 1970s, enjoying all the benefits of being a serial entrepreneur. She loves working with creative people and small start-ups. For several years she focused on working with women entrepreneurs, winning awards for website design and managing local and national business networking groups. In 1999 she received National recognition when she designed and managed the first online virtual network for the National Association for Female Executives.
She is a 1997 graduate of Coach U, a founding member of Coachville and the Graduate School of Coaching, a certified Handwriting Expert, a registered and certified hypnotherapist and Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Katie is an artist in her “spare” time, designing and creating award-winning fused glass jewelry and painted fabric items for her etsy stores.
She considers herself fortunate to live on the far Northern Redwood Coast of California and to spend the rainiest 4 months every year in San Felipe, Mexico, on the Sea of Cortez.
Katie enjoys creating environments and opportunities for people to discover and express their natural gifts and talents.