Over the last several years, I’ve had requests for ALT in audio form. I’ve always politely declined for a few reasons. Mainly because I’m not a trained voice actor (or any sort of actor, for that matter), I can’t afford expensive studio time or to hire a professional reader, and I never had access to decent recording equipment.
However, since I was a call-in guest on Book Chatter earlier this year (during which Zoe Winters remarked that I have a “golden voice”), those requests for an audio version of ALT have increased. Then, just last week, I got an email from my friend RJ Keller, asking if I’d be interested in recording the audio for Craig Lancaster’s book trailer.
It was flattering, but my knee-jerk reaction was to say no simply because I didn’t think I could produce something of high quality. Then I remembered I bought a new headset some months back for the purpose of online gaming. It’s kind of a fancy one, with a boom microphone, and it also has PC compatibility. Yes, I’m a geek. Always have been. Get over it.
Anyway, I decided to ignore my initial reaction and say yes, I’ll be happy to do it. And I did. I plugged in the headset and recorded a few takes. My wife did some noise reduction in Audition, then exported them to mp3, and I sent them along to Craig and Kel.
They loved the results, and parts of my original takes will be appearing in the trailer for Craig’s new book, QUANTUM PHYSICS AND THE ART OF DEPARTURE. I’ll post it here once it’s available.
The recordings turned out far better than I expected they would. Craig & Kel’s reactions were also very positive. So much, in fact, that I’ve reconsidered my stance on doing an audio book.
It’s too early to say when it will be available or even where, for that matter, as I’m a stranger to the methods in which one can bring an audio book to market. The point is that I’m confident enough now to say “Let’s do this,” and that at some point in the near future, ALT the audio book is going to be a thing.
So, this Fall, I’ll not only be editing TLM, but also recording ALT. I have lost my mind.