Recently, I outlined the fantastic services that ACX.com provide for authors, as well as some ideas on marketing for audiobooks. Today I interview Rosalind Ashford, narrator for my dark thriller Desecration.
In the intro, I talk about my interpretation of the Hachette/Amazon negotiations and how power imbalance can impact us. I also talk about my upcoming travels, and book launches for the German edition of Pentecost, as well as the Spanish edition, also coming soon.
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Rosalind Ashford is an actor, voice artist and Audible approved audiobook narrator. She recently narrated my thriller Desecration, available now on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. You can watch the interview on YouTube here, listen above or on the podcast feed on iTunes or Stitcher, or read the transcription below. We discuss:
- How Rosalind got into audiobook narration, and her background in acting.
- Why the audiobook market is growing and the exciting times to come!
- What the job of an audiobook narrator includes – the interpretation of the work, reading it through, the performance and acting, the editing and production time
- Aspects of editing and production including manuscript proofing – it can be 4-10 hours for every 1 hour of finished audio. Amazon Whispersync is only activated on books with a very close match to the text.
- The different types of characters that Rosalind has narrated and how she remembers how they sound during production
- The intimacy between the author and the narrator. The relationship that must grow for a good fit between the ‘voice' of the author and the spoken words of the narrator.
- Rosalind talks about why she chose Desecration as a royalty split deal, and the importance of the author's platform in taking a risk.
You can find Rosalind and her many projects at RosalindAshford.com.
Here's an excerpt of Desecration.
You can find the audiobook here: