Yeah, so I was on the 3M/Musketeers podcast a few weeks ago, and not only did I not hate the sound of my voice, but I was told it sounded pretty darn good, by golly. Which got me thinking about doing an audiobook.
Amazon has very few M/M audiobooks, for (I think) one of two reasons. Either the market isn’t that big and it’s not worth it unless you’re toplist, or it’s just too much of a cost/hassle for most people. If you can’t handle the computer bits – working the microphone, creating the sound-boothy environment, doing the smoothing and editing of the recorded product – and/or you don’t have a voice for narration, then the investment in paying someone else to do it could be pretty steep.
In my case, I’ve done audio recording and editing for a few years so that’s not an obstacle. It’s been a bitch and a half trying to get a non-echo-y recording environment, that’s for sure, on a super discount budget. I don’t want to put any real $$ in it until I’m sure it’ll be worth it.
So, I just recorded “Kyle’s New Stepbrother” using the equipment and materials at hand. My plan is to put it up free on SoundCloud when it’s edited – narrating is the fun part, but editing is a boring bitch of a grind, so it’ll be a few days. Then, we’ll see if The Buying Public likes it enough to make it worth my time and money to upgrade some equipment and do this shit for real, scaling up from shorter works like the stepbundle and the Sambundle and on into the novels. Or into the shortest novel first, “A Little Too Broken,” and on from there. Whatever. I’ll cross that bridge if I even come to it.