Audiobook Creation Exchange = ACX
by Christine Kling
Lots of authors have blogged about the process of using ACX to create their own audiobooks. This terrific site is almost like a dating service for self-published authors and voice actors. We have the story content, and we post our books as available. The voice actors also have their own pages on the site with samples of other work they have done. They can look at what authors have posted books, and they can try out to be the narrator. Or we writers can look through the narrators, listen to their samples, and then invite them to audition.
When the Seychelle series was first published by Ballantine, Brilliance Audio made an audiobook of SURFACE TENSION, but they stopped there. I’ve always wanted to see the rest of the series made into audiobooks, and I undertook this project starting back in November.
Let me just say that I had a fabulous time auditioning the different narrator/producers, and I was blown away by the talent available. I chose Rosemary Benson, and I absolutely LOVE her work on this book. She is an amazing narrator and over the course of the next year, I hope to get the other two books in the Seychelle series done by Rosemary, too. I love how she does the Haitian accents in the book, and it’s fascinating to hear how a good actor plays these characters I know so well. She even did special effects for when they are talking on the VHF radio. She is awesome!
So, I am very proud to announce that the audiobook of CROSS CURRENT is now available from the Amazon page, direct from Audible, and from iTunes. On those pages, you can listen to the free sample and you will get an idea of what a terrific voice actor Rosemary is. If you are already an Audible member, this 11.5 hour book costs only 1 point. Or, if you have already downloaded the ebook from Amazon (even when it was free), you can buy the audiobook now for only $1.99 and use Whispersync for voice. That system lets you listen to the ebook, but if you want to switch to the ebook, it will synch to the place you stopped listening. I think that’s very cool technology.
The folks at ACX also sent me 25 codes for free downloads of the audiobook. I would be happy to send you a free code if you would go to my Facebook Author page, click to like the page, and then click on the message link there to send me a private message with your email address.
Audible (which is owned by Amazon) brings the reviews of the book over from Amazon, but real audiobook aficionados want to see reviews of the narrator. If you listen to the book, I would really appreciate it if you would post an honest review of Rosemary’s work on Audible. I have no doubt you will think she is as amazing as I do.