So my business partner, Jason, and I have decided to venture into the world of audio books. We both think it will be a great addition to our business and will add another arena in which to market our books. That being said, it’s a whole new world to us. So I thought that you would like to follow along with our adventures over the next year or so. Maybe recording a book is something that you’ve though about doing. So join us.
The first thing we did was to investigate how to get out books out once we have them recorded. We settled with ACX.com, a division of Amazon.com. Since our books are primarily published there, it made sense. So after thoroughly digging through their website we decided to book one of our books out there to find a reader and get this idea going. Unfortunately we never found a reader that would split royalties with us; most like to paid upfront (understandable), but since we are a start up company the capital just isn’t there for that. Then we decided to do it ourselves. So we rolled up our figurative sleeves and began digging into this new world.
What we found was that it can be done with a little bit of money and the right equipment. By a little bit of money, I’m talking a couple of hundred dollars. Finding the right equipment was the hardest thing. Everyone has the ‘best’ microphone and other stuff for the job. It was confusing and frustrating. We had to become semi-knowledgeable real fast.
So what we settled on was this… CAD GXL2200 Condenser Microphone (With Shock Mount, New), a CBI LowZ Microphone Cable and an On-Stage 7701 Tripod Microphone Boom Stand. Oh and a pop filter that I bought from Guitar Center because I forgot to order it from ZZounds with the rest of the microphone equipment. Then I added an Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professions StudioMonitor Closed-back Stereo headphones that I bought off of Amazon. All of this equipment is brand new.
Now the interface between the microphone and the computer is another matter. This stuff is expensive! I researched and found that I could buy used and save a ton of money. So I ended up buying an Avid Recording Studio M-Audio Fast Track II USB Audio Interface & Pro Tools SE off of eBay. It turned out to be a great purchase.
So as it stands right now we are tweaking the equipment to get it set right now, then I will begin reading Desperate Situations. Eventually we’ll put it out there for sale.
The next hurdle was finding somewhere to record. And that is whole other blog….
Acquiring Editor, Seventh Wave Books, LLC
Author, The Mel Addison Mystery Series