Maggie Pill

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Audio for PPP

Peril, Plots, and Puppies, the 6th Sleuth Sisters Mystery, is currently in production as an audio book at Cerny American in Chicago. It's always interesting to be part of the process, and though I'm far away, I have some responsibilities.
Of course I can choose the people who read my books. Since I've been happy with all the earlier audiobooks, I'm happy to stick with the Cernys. I did learn that the actress who reads Faye is no longer available, so I had to okay a new narrator for that segment. Her audition was good, and I think the books will continue to move well from pages to audio files.
I also try to give the narrators a list of words that Michiganders know well but others might not, place names like Mackinac, items common here but not in Chicago like pasties, and in the case of this book, German dog commands. Now I know they can look that up, but why should they have to when I have a friend who taught German for decades? She kindly provided me with phonetics for the German words, and I sent them on. Since they all occur in Faye's chapters, I figured the "new girl" would appreciate a little help.
I've read authors who send lengthy requests for the readers to do this or that to show emotion or reveal undercurrents, but I tend to rely on the experiences of the narrators. After all, they're trained actors and I'm not.
Finally, when the "sisters" get done with their readings, the studio engineer will send me the audio files, chapter by chapter. I usually spend a day just listening (between 8 and 10 hours). If I hear something that isn't right, I note the chapter, write down the time shown on the counter, and note the problem, usually a mispronunciation or a repeated line, when they edit a segment and forget to take out the original. The author's role is important here, because otherwise they'd have to pay a tech to sit and listen for 9 hours. It would be expensive, and of course no one want the book to be Right more than the author does!
So that's what's happening as I write. I'll soon get the files to okay, and once I've done that, Audible checks them for technical correctness, which takes a week or so.
When exactly will the book be audio ready? That depends on the narrators' schedules, the engineer's timeline, and Audible's efficiency. But it's in the works, and that's always exciting!

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