Now that the book is done, I've got a few things going on. The first is finishing up The Fiddler's Gun: Letters which should be off to get printed and bound before the weekend is up. The second is getting the book formatted for the Kindle, which is a giant pain in the butt bascially requiring that I undo all the meticulous typesetting and design work I did for the printed version. Then there's the matter of an audiobook. I've been kicking around ideas for recording the audio version of The Fiddler's Gun but haven't come to any conclusions. I'd like to do something a little more interesting than just a typical recording and a CD but I feel like the perfect idea is still out there waiting for me to find it. Below are some of the options I've considered. Your input is welcome, I'm interested in hearing your comments.
- Audiobook podcast (version 1) - produce each chapter as a separate podcast with a new chapter becoming available every 2-4 weeks. Pros - it's free to everyone and long waits between chapters might encourage people to go ahead and buy the book. Cons - long waits between chapters might just irritate people and make them lose interest. The whole book would be available as a CD once all podcasts have been released. - Audiobook podcast (version 2) - same as the first but only the most current chapter would be free, previous chapters would be available for a .99 download. - Full Audiobook - the entire book is available on CD with chapters released as weekly podcasts (for a limited time). - Simple Audiobook - I'm making things too complicated. Just record it and sell as a CD or full download. Production - what preferences do listeners have for audiobooks? - Straight Read - one reader, no 'voices', no sound effects, no music - The Actor Reading - the reader uses different voices, inflections, acts out the parts, etc. - The Foley Artist - appropriate sound effects accompany the reading - The Full Production - the previous two options with the addition of music
When considering the various options for production, keep in mind that the further you get down the list, the greater the chance that the whole things gets cheesy (not to mention the more expensive it gets and the less likely that it would ever happen).
So what are your opinions on audiobooks? What works? What doesn't? What would you like to see (hear) that you haven't before?