As part of the June is Audiobook Month (JIAM) celebration this year, not only am I hosting today’s Going Public… in Shorts! blog hop, I also had a chance to sit down for a recorded (virtual) chat with narrator Xe Sands to talk about reviewing, being reviewed, and a bunch of other stuff including questions sent our way by you. First, a bit about the terrific Going Public… in Shorts! project:
June is Audiobook month (JIAM 2013). The audiobook community is giving back by teaming with the Going Public Project and offering a serialized audio story collection. All proceeds will go to Reach Out and Read, a literacy advocacy organization. Throughout June, one to two stories will be released each day on the Going Public blog and on author/book blogs. The story will be free (online only – no downloads) for one week. In collaboration with Blackstone Audio, all the stories will be available for download via Downpour. The full compilation will be ready June 30th. The full schedule of the story release dates and narrators can be found at Going Public.
Are you ready for 59 (!) minutes of narrator/reviewer chat? We’re talking about narrators approaching reviewers about constructive criticism, how an author/narrator/small publisher can get their audiobooks into the hands (ears) of reviewers, how narrators handle singing in an audiobook (and what is with music in audiobooks?!), who is responsible for editing and error checking and why the producer or director isn’t mentioned in reviews, thoughts on switching narrators mid-series and a whole lot more. For your convenience, comment flags are placed at each question or topic change. You can also access this chat directly on SoundCloud.
Congratulations to question contributor Mitzi, who won her choice of a gift of any Audible.com audiobook or a downloadable copy of the Going Public… in Shorts! compilation. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or I’ll be in touch.
Now it’s time for Xe Sands’ reading of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and the bonus author commentary “Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper.” The audio will be freely available online for a week but please consider supporting Reach Out and Read by purchasing a downloadable copy from Downpour.com or you can buy the complete Going Public…in Shorts! compilation.
Xe Sands is a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner known for her authentic characterizations and intimate delivery. She has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of Magnificence by Lydia Millet, The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro, and Is This Tomorrow, by Caroline Leavitt. Sands has also been recognized for her engaging romance narrations, and was named Most Impressive Narrator Discovery for titles such as Catch of the Day, by Kristan Higgins, and On Thin Ice, by Anne Stuart.
Don’t forget, it’s a blog hop!
There’s a bonus Going Public… in Shorts entry today with Kyle Munley at Emily’s Reading Room
Engineering and Mastering for Going Public… in Shorts! are provided by Jeffrey Kafer and SpringBrook Audio. Graphic design provided by f power design and published by Blackstone Audio. Project coordination and executive production by Xe Sands