I don’t think anyone has the slightest idea of just how long it takes to record and edit an audiobook. … Except me, of course! I can tell you.
A 40 minute episode takes me nearly 8 hours to record, edit, add music to and then tag. And that only takes care of about 20 pages of a book.
Which means … seven books, at around 20 episodes per book … around eight MONTHS of work. All that to give away the finished product on the Podiobooks site.
So why do I do it, you may well ask. And believe me, sometimes I wonder myself! Especially when I am dragging myself out of bed at 6.00 am to get the recording in before the dawn chorus starts up.
There are two major … MAJOR … reasons. The first is that I pick up around two to three errors PER PAGE doing it. Since I don’t use a professional copy editor this is important. Recording really is a valuable tool if, for whatever reason, you have no choice but to do your own editing. Even so, some things will slip through … but the finished product will be SO much better for that attention to detail.
The second reason is that I have found that the listeners who find you as an audiobook author are incredibly loyal. They stay with you, your voice stays with them and although you don’t know them, they become part of your book “family”. I am a marketing disaster and have never managed to make a “tribe” out of any of the people who have given me feedback about my books, but they have all become part of my Ammonite Galaxy family. That doesn’t put bread on the table, but it does give you a warm feeling, and enough encouragement to go on when the days are long and the sales are short.