02 Sep 2011

But isn’t it just READING?!

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I came across a great article by veteran producer Xavier Paul where he lays out the process of audiobook creation and why it costs hundreds of dollars per finished hour to produce an audiobook.

Narrating and producing audiobooks is probably like a lot of activities where the lay person doesn’t or can’t fully understand the amount of work and expertise that goes into to producing something that (ideally) seems so effortless and easy. That’s something I try to keep in mind when paying for other people’s services having negotiated with clients who did not understand my process.

I think Xavier’s estimate of 6.2 hours of work per finished hour of audiobook is pretty accurate. Of course that does not count the additional time the professionals involved spend running their own business (most everyone in the profession is a freelancer or self-employed). Plus, the narrator is also increasingly used as the producer which comes with its own set of challenges and rewards.

Why audiobooks? Well I’ve got a set of fun ones in the pipeline now. Hopefully with the first one rolling out in the next several weeks. Stay tuned!

One Response to “But isn’t it just READING?!”

  1. Carolyn Richards says:

    Can’t wait to hear it!

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