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Blooper Reel Time

As you all know, I’ve been busy recording audiobooks at home. I’ve already gotten “Forever’s Too Long”, my wife Helen’s first solo novel, published on Audible where it received a 5-star review. So of course I was eager to turn another of her books into audio as well.  So I began recording her second book “Forever Haunted”.  Now having shared on this blog all the technical aspects that I use to record the books, I thought it might be fun to share one or two… um… a few? Oh hell, I make a LOT of mistakes and I run into some other ‘obstacles’ that I thought might help prepare you all for some of what you might encounter.  So, here’s the first (of what I suspect will be a growing library) of my b...
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5-Star Review On Audible for “Forever’s Too Long”


5 out of 5 starsAnonymous User06-25-20OVERALL – 5 StarsPERFORMANCE – 5 StarsSTORY – 5 Stars    Good plot with smart characters Nice to have a story that isn’t based on the inattention or inability of the protagonists. Please continue releasing the series! AMAZON LINK: Forever’s Too Long – Audio AUDIBLE LINK: Forever’s Too Long – Audible                                    And so it has finally happened, after months and months of researching how to make an audiobook, getting the equipment, rehearsing, learning how to control one’s voice for quality, pacing yourself, being sure of clarity when you speak, consistency in volume, learning how to edit the recordings and meet ACX’s requirements, an...
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My First Narrator Performance Is Available Now On Audible

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Well, after all these months of posting about making an audiobook, it’s finally happened… I am now the newest voice actor over on Audible! To be honest, the reality of it is still kind of sinking in for me. We got the word on Tuesday, the day before Helen’s and my 31st wedding anniversary. And it just seemed so perfect in so many ways. As you all know Helen wrote “Forever’s Too Long” as her first solo novel, and she had me do the artwork for the cover. We’ve always been a team and we’ve always support each other in so many ways, so seeing this culmination of her writing skills, combined with my penchant for voices become a reality on the eve of our wedding anniversary just seemed so appropri...
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****RELEASE DAY – “Forever In Deep****


  Book 3 of the Forever Detective Seriesis now available Rafael Jones is always a little out of his depth in rural settings, but he’s not just a detective, he’s also undead. He can’t ignore the call from the Saratoga County coroner when she mentions the bite marks found on several drowning victims during the spring and summer of 1947. However, he knows his weaknesses (sunlight, running water, and a woeful lack of country manners), so he isn’t working alone. His slowly developing powers and quick wits may not be a match for something old, strong in magic, and completely cursed. Available now in all e-book formats for $3.99 at: Kindle link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0894513Y4 Nook: https://ww...
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Blog Tour – Demon Tracker by A. J. Alexander

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Today we are proud to be part of A. J. Alexander’s “Demon Tracker” Blog Tour, where we introduce you to the author and the third and newest installment to her ‘Council of Twelve’ book series. Let’s start with getting to know the author herself, Miss Aurora Jean Alexander: Thanks for joining us today Aurora, tell me what is your e-reading device of choice? I’m reading on a Kindle Paperwhite Describe your desk what does it look like? I have a computer desk with a laptop and an extra monitor, a multifunctional printer device and books, papers, paper sketchbooks and pens, pens, pens. Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing? My upbringing does not have any influence on my w...
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My first ‘Voice Actor’ Performance is Now Available…

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My first ‘Voice Actor’ performance “Forever’s Too Long” is now available as an unabridged audiobook, exclusively through the author’s webstore. You have a choice between MP3 Downloadable Zip File for $12.99, or if you prefer  available as a 4 CD set for $20.00 (which includes shipping).                   This book has already been earning rave 5 Star reviews both locally and internationally in audio, paperback, and e-book forms:   5.0 out of 5 stars – Well-crafted and hard to put down Reviewed in Canada on November 12, 2019 Format: Paperback “Relatable characters, evocative scenery, and engaging dialogue make this book a lot of fun to read…”   5.0 out of 5 stars – A Great Twist Reviewed in t...
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ACX Results On My First Audio Submission


Finally heard back from ACX. Two issues came up. I didn’t leave enough “Room Tone” (silence) at beginning and end of every chapter. They want .5 to 1 second of silence before first word spoken, then 1-5 seconds of silence after last word spoken. Easy fix. The other issue, I included the closing credits and the last chapter in one file. They wanted them separated, another easy fix. Otherwise, they had no other problems with the files. Volume, clarity, technical requirements of the audios themselves, all of that was fine. I will be making these corrections, if I haven’t already dealt with them on my own. After that… still going to follow our own path at this point and make CD’s and downloadabl...
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A Tough Decision Being Made…


After our last entry asking about making other options available such as CD’s and downloadable MP3 files of our books for audio, we’ve learned that if we go with Audible they have the “Exclusive” right to produce the audio. It also clearly states in the agreement that neither we, nor anyone else, can create audios of the books in ANY format.                                    And this does not just apply to us. At our local library we found some of Jim Butcher’s “Dresden Files” on CD. However, it seems they were all made before the books were transferred to Audible. Since then no new CD’s have been made. Allan even went as far as to check on Amazon and found the only  CD copies available are...
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A Question For You All Regarding Listening to Books Via Audio

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While waiting for Audible to approve/reject our submission, we have heard back from a number of people who say they don’t do Audible. Some prefer CD’s because they cannot afford Audible’s monthly charges. So this got me and Helen thinking about offering CD’s, even if Audible accepts our books. We are also considering the fact that some people do not have a convenient CD Player these days, or may prefer audio files for storage. For them, we are thinking about selling MP3 audio files that people can order from this site so they can download the entire book into their own device of choice. So please take a moment and let us know which of the following options that would be of interest to you. W...
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Adventures In Audio Recording VIII


CAN YOUR HEAR ME NOW? Everyone knows that typing in all caps means the person is yelling/screaming at you over the internet. Naturally, most folks will tell the user to please lower their volume/tone as no one likes being screamed at. This is even more true when it comes to a person listening to an audiobook. If the narrator telling the tale is too loud or too soft it can really take the listener out of the story and annoy them to no end. And don’t expect good reviews on Audible either. I’ve seen reviews that praise the story but tear into the performance with a vengeance. This in turn can ruin your chances to be hired to do audios of other peoples’ books.  So today we’re going to get into v...
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2019 In Review and What’s Coming In 2020


New Year’s is a time for reflection and looking ahead… or so I’ve been told. My first thought was “I didn’t really get that much done this year. I don’t have much to say or show for it.” Then at the urging of Helen I pulled out a pen and paper and started making a list. The results surprised me.                     I created not one but three book covers. This is the most art I’ve done in one year in I don’t know how long. Two of them were of course for Helen’s new The Forever Detective Series. The other was a new cover for “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” which we re-released as the first Young Adult (YA) installment of our Para-Earth Series. Speaking of Helen’s new series, we created not ...
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Gifting E-books…


This entry may seem to be a repeat but every year I get asked about how to gift e-books to someone. So here you all are and I hope everyone takes advantage since giving someone a tale they will love can be priceless sometimes… Okay gang, the big day is drawing near and you still want to get a few more gifts but don’t know what to buy, or don’t want to go out into the stores which have already pulled down half of their displays and are lining up Spring stuff. What to do, what to do… how about giving someone a good book to read on their Kindle? It’s fast, easy, and you can have it delivered on Christmas Day and know it will arrive on time… Didn’t know you could do this? Neither did I for the l...
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“FOREVER HAUNTED” Is Now “LIVE” on Amazon…


Helen’s latest book is out and here’s your chance to grab your own copy of this growing 5 star series… Forever Detective Just in time for the Christmas season, a good old fashion ghost story is the theme of the second installment of the Forever Detective Series. The year is 1947 and private investigator Rafael Jones has already learned the hard way that the supernatural is all too real. Having been turned into a vampire, he’s trying to continue his work as a detective, while attempting to adapt to and understand his condition.  Now he has a new case to deal with. A friend has asked him to prove a mansion he’s inherited is NOT haunted. Unfortunately, it is… and the ghost needs Rafael for help...
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COMING TOMORROW (December 1st), The Next Installment of “THE FOREVER DETECTIVE” Series


Just in time for the Christmas season, a good old fashion ghost story is the theme of the Helen’s second solo book… The year is 1947 and private investigator Rafael Jones has already learned the hard way that the supernatural is all too real. Having been turned into a vampire, albeit one who has no problems with holy objects, he’s trying to continue working as a detective. While back on the continent his Interpol love, Clara Thomas, is using her considerable “occult” contacts to find a way to help him. In the meantime he has a new case to deal with. A friend has asked him to prove a mansion he’s inherited is NOT haunted. Unfortunately, it is and the ghost has reached out to Rafael for help a...
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Adventures In Audio Recording VII


Okay now that we’ve covered as much of the technical that I’m aware of, let’s move on to a new topic, namely doing the actual reading aloud. Now the first thing I’m going to say is please do not make yourself sound like Ben Stein. Unless of course your book is about curing insomnia, in which case then you might make a bundle on the open market. People do not want to hear a lifeless dull monotone performance. You put a lot into your work to make it come to life on the written page. Now you have to bring that same life into your reading. Mind you I’m not saying you have to put together a full-fledged performance complete with sound effects, mood music, and an entire cast. But you do need to gi...
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Book Trailer “Forever Haunted” the 2nd Installment of the Forever Detective Series – by Helen Krummenacker

  New book means new book trailer! Allan does the narration. Enjoy. Original link
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Adventures In Audio Recording – Part VI


Okay, so now that we’ve got all the technical parts of recording covered and how to meet ACX’s requirements, we’re ready to record and submit, right? Yeah, what the 10th Doctor is saying. There are a number of other non-technical requirements that we have to pay attention to, in order to submit our audio successfully. First off, you need to include opening credits. These are as follows: -The title of the audiobook -The subtitle, if there is one -Written by (Name of the Author) -Narrated by (Insert your name here) All of these need to be included in the very first file. Now you can submit this as a separate file, or as part of the first chapter. Speaking of chapters, each chapter should have ...
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Author Spotlight – Allan Krummenacker


Guess who got featured as the spotlight author over on Writer’s Treasure Chest… Writer's Treasure Chest Welcome! Please introduce yourself. My name is Allan Krummenacker, and for the record “I am not a number, I am a FREE MAN!” Anyone who gets that reference please give yourself a Gold Star. Also the first 5 people who post where that quote comes from down in the comments section can get a free copy of “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” which is being released October 1st. Okay now that I got that out of my system, let’s get down to business. As you already suspect I’m rather silly and full of nonsense, which are great qualities in writing. I was born and raised on Long Island, NY and moved t...
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Book Review: Awesome Friendship Adventures by Katy Ant

  This is one of the few early reader books I’ve had the chance to read, but it was so worth it. The story felt like a trip down memory lane when friendships seemed few and far between. But it was much more than that. The tale of Arthur and his golden feather is a fascinating tale as well as a reminder that even the most seemingly popular person can also be one of the loneliest. Arthur is such an individual. His golden feather supposedly grants wishes which means Arthur has lots of visitors, but none of them stay. They only want to make their wish and give him a gift and be one their way, leaving him a very lonely fellow. His parents were taken from him when he was very young, and despite th...
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Adventures In Audio Recording – Part V


Okay, we covered a lot of technical details in the last entry, but there’s still one more thing I want to talk about today, before going on to other details to consider when doing an audio recording. Regretfully, I’m one of those people with asthma so on occasion you can actually hear me taking a deep breath from time to time in the raw recordings. I do try my best to watch my breathing while I’m recording, but occasionally I take one of those deeper ones that the microphone catches. Now, this may not be a huge problem for audiobooks, but if you’re doing recordings of yourself singing it can be a BIG problem. So to keep yourself covered on both fronts let me introduce you to Noise Gate. Now,...
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