Well, after many hours of recording and audio processing, I have uploaded my first novel, Highway Hypnosis, to Audible. The files are in review, and I should get a response within ten business days, according to their website. I will begin recording the various stories in Strange Stories, Twisted Tales within the next day or do…unless I can’t resist getting back to reading, in which case it could be as early as tonight.
It is my plan, hope really, that by the time I get to my third book, that will have become proficient enough at the process that I may begin to do some freelance narration work. I have to find something, after all – my current job is a narcissistic nightmare and both emotionally physically destructive. The damage done to me physically by the results of narcissistic and legal abuse has left me technically disabled, and these effects are exacerbated by the physical demands of my ‘day job’. Narration is not only something I enjoy, but is work that I can perform at my own pace, and around the limitations I face on a daily basis.
I’ll be sure to announce when the Audible version of my novel is ready for purchase. Thanks again for any and all who follow this blog.
For the last several weeks, I have been endeavoring to record my first novel, Highway Hypnosis, for release on Audible. As thus dealt with a field of technology with which I was previously unfamiliar, I expected the learning curve to be high, and though this has turned out to be true, it did not deter me; i have always enjoyed learning new things, and this was no exception. I knew my present day job would slow the process, and I accepted that as part of the dues one must pay, and it did not affect my enthusiasm.
My environment, however, is another story, Apparently, I have a pair of were-hippopotami living in the apartment above me, who seen to take delight in stomping around 24 hours a day. This has become a source of great frustration, for the usual soundproofing available to an amateur is ineffective against the sonic boom footsteps emanating from above. It is the one thing that cannot be solved by increased study or practice; it can only be solved by changing the location of where I live, or creating a remote recording booth where the sounds of stampeding feet will not interfere. At present, neither option is readily available, but for every problem, there is a solution…although in this case that may take the form of a harpoon (kidding). Even as I type this, at after 2 am, my ceiling sounds like it is about to collapse, not the best environment for recording. Or sleep.
I’ll continue to press on, however, I will not allow such things to prevent me from releasing my work on Audible, and will continue to update my progress. so stay tuned.
I have officially begun my first attempt at narration, recording my first novel, Highway Hypnosis for release on Audible. It has turned out to be an interesting process, and this has given me a clue to just how much work goes into video and sound production. The learning curve for the software end has not proven difficult so far, but that cannot be said about the actual voice work. I am not a stranger to narration, having recorded books for remedial reading students back in the day, but it is not as easy as it appears. I have confidence I will improve with time, however, and look forward to gaining experience in this new endeavor. Should this go well, I may even hire myself out for other work in that field on a freelance basis.
I have five chapters completed so far, with another twenty-three to go. Upon completion, I plan on beginning the second book immediately. With luck, this project will be finished in time for me to begin compiling the manuscript for my next work, which will be a non-fiction account of the my struggle against narcissistic abuse, not something in line with my usual work, but something I feel I must complete for both personal healing and to help other men who may be in similar situations.
Stay tuned for progress and release updates. There is plenty more to come!
After successfully surviving another decade, I found myself energized and in a strangely positive mood. The year has seen some good things happen, with the signs showing the promise of more to come, and this has contributed to lessening my anxiety, and given me the determination and energy to work on making my writing into a full time career. An uptake of recent sales (thank you all!) has helped in this, as well as the production of hardback versions of my books, and I’ve used this to begin the process of producing Audible versions of my work as well, with yours truly serving as narrator.
I have purchased what I hope is a decent microphone, and begun the process of learning the Audacity program for recording the sound files which are necessary for conversion into an audio book. Depending on how quickly I can assimilate this, I will begin recording test files within the next few days. I can say I am looking forward to this new project with great enthusiasm. I have always enjoyed reading aloud, and the prospect of adding that skill to my revenue set is just icing on the enjoyment cake, not to mention giving hope to be able to continue making a living as the physical issues I deal with advance with time. Should the process prove enjoyable, I will likely open myself to narrating work by other authors on a freelance basis, something I think would be both fun and profitable.
I will keep posting updates for this and my other projects, so stay tuned!
It’s been a busy month in terms of writing-related activities: I finished my third novel, converted my first two books into hardback for publication on Amazon, added the e-book version of Highway Hypnosis to Kindle Unlimited, and edited the covers of all three of my books for hardback formatting. I think these are all good things, and I hope it is an indication of progress toward my writing career becoming my only career. This hope has taken a more desperate turn over the last year, I must admit. I close out another decade this Sunday, and know I cannot keep up the pace of such a physical day job forever. I hate to admit I’m feeling my age, but as Indiana Jones once said, ‘it’s not the years, it’s the mileage’. And I’m feeling those miles, boys and girls.
To this end, I have been stepping up my game, not only in devoting more time toward writing, but also in terms of promotion. I wrote in an earlier post that I plan on creating Audible versions of my first three books, as well as creating a YouTube channel centered on writing and the life of an aspiring professional author, and took the first steps toward this end in creating an Audible account. I also had the good fortune to have enough some extra cash on the payday before my coming birthday, so I treated myself to a present in the form of a decent usb microphone, one I plan to use a good deal in the future. Things seem to be falling into place, so it seemed a wise purchase, and I have a more positive outlook for the future for the first time in longer than I can remember.
Just a quick post to let my intrepid followers know my first two books have been formatted and submitted for the hardback editions, and should be available for order on Amazon soon.
The new book should join them in the next few weeks, so stay tuned, as there are many things in the works for the future!
Even though I have completed the new novel, it does not mean I get to take any time off; there are still a good number of tasks requiring my attention, projects left undone or to further my visibility in the marketplace. I have recently revised the formatting for my first novel, Highway Hypnosis, in preparation for an e-book release, and this should be available soon. I will also be releasing hardcover versions of all my work in the future, so be sure to stay tuned for news and release dates.
So much news!
The manuscript for my upcoming novel is completed. It will weigh in at 634 pages, and a bit over 169k words. Cover reveal coming soon! I’ll be announcing the publication date soon.
I have solved my previous problems with WordPress, apparently, so I’ll be keeping this format for a while. I will be working more on the mobile version once the new book has been published.
I am also working to start a Youtube channel, basically a video blog of this writer’s life kind of thing. More details will be given as this project progresses.
Also, after some positive feedback from a good friend, I will also be working on making audible versions of all my work.
So, a full plate, it seems.
For those few loyal readers, stay tuned…it’s going to be a busy year.
I finished the first draft of my current WIP on November 6. The manuscript weighed in at over 171k words, a bit over 625 pages, making it my longest work so far. I do not expect the word count to reduce much in the course of editing; if anything, it may increase a bit. I have pretty much told the story I wanted to tell, the one the Muse gave me, and I do not expect many changes in the context of the story itself. I am currently on the first pass through for editing, and barring any major setbacks, still hope to have my cover reveal in time to publish before the end of the year, so stay tuned!