Episode #58: Author George Sirois Returns to Discuss the Creation of His Audiobook
Back in episode #36, fellow author George Sirois came on the show for a great conversation, and today, he’s back!
As you’ll see in the show, George decided that the way he wanted to get his young adult scifi tale, Excelsior, out there as a audiobook was to record it himself. Way back when I was learning about making covers for The Thirteenth Hour, I came to the realization that when it comes to things like this, it all comes down to money or time.
If you decide to go the professional route and outsource parts of the creative process, you might get a professional product but you give up some autonomy and generally pay quite a bit (that you justify to yourself as an investment in quality and peace of mind). But if you opt to do it yourself, you have to deal with the sometimes exponentially steep learning curve of cramming years of knowledge into the bare minimum needed to shoehorn yourself into getting the job done. There may still be significant expense (sometimes due to trial and error), and there’s the significant time sink that comes with what a professional might be able to do more efficiently.
However, one thing debates such this sometimes forget when focusing on practical talking points such as these is simply the enjoyment to be had in simply doing. As sole proprietors of businesses (as independent authors essential are these days), it pays to understand as many different aspects of the business as possible. There’s no better way to understand those details than by doing them yourself (at least once).
And that’s what George did to make his ideas into a reality. There’s a lot there in his story, so like minded souls, take note. What’s the harm in going for something you want, George says in the interview. And why not? At the end of the day, who else is there to give the necessary permission?
Click on the link to check out the audiobook version of Excelsior on Amazon.
And audiobooks seem to be getting their due after years of being the red-headed stepchild of the literature. Here’s the full text of the Wall Street Journal on the rise of audiobooks.
George will be making appearances (if you’re local to St. Louis, MO USA) at the following places in the next few wks:
-http://www.stlwritersguild.org/writersinthepark.html (now since past, though more good info if you’re a writer hoping to connect with others in and around St. Louis, near where George lives)
Connect with George online at:
GR profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4103079.George_Sirois
References George discusses on the show:
No Plot? No Problem by Chris Baty, on writing a novel in 30 days
The Stressed-Out Writer’s Guide to Recording Your Own Audiobook by Kirk Hanley
On that note, as always, thanks for listening!
P.S. If you have any interest in getting into audio like George did or wanted to start your own podcast, check out this free guide here. It’s a guest post I did for fellow author Kelly St. Clare on podcasting as cheaply as possible and has a wealth of info on audio production in general, most of which I learned by trial and error! Check it out, and start podcasting as more than an amateur! WIN!
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