The Lustre audiobook is in production! The illustrious and multi-talented Chris Barker (my dad) surprised me a few weeks ago by presenting me with his recording of the first two chapters! It works great because The Lustre is written from a male perspective. The final chapter, in the perspective of a 5-year-old boy, has been the subject of a lot of jokes between us. We both agreed that he would sound too much like Elmo if he just changed the pitch of his voice, so we may have a voice-acting debut by my youngest boy.
The Disenchanted Pet is in a woman’s voice. So is my upcoming book (this summer) How to Win Friends and Influence Magicians. I have no gender bias here, but it does sound strange to have a man’s voice reading a woman’s words.
O.K. I’ll get to the point: I’m looking for a female voice to read the audiobooks.
Here are my qualifications:
- You have to have a voice that is appropriate for a young woman. I don’t, or I’d do it myself.
- You need to have your own recording equipment or know someone who does. I don’t have any to contribute and I ‘m pretty sure the microphone on your ipad won’t do it. Other than that, I’m not picky.
- You have to be willing to do it for a percentage of the sales. I’m broke. Sorry! I promise to promote you like crazy, though and help you with any other stuff I can. I’m great with writing blurbs, ads, promotions, and resumes. I can post you on my site and find sites to promote you. I also have a slew of writer pals on here that would love to work with you too. Lots of their writing is done in female voice or 3rd person. If you can think of anything else you want to trade, I’m listening!
If anybody is looking to have an audiobook recorded by a male voice, I would be willing to bet that good ol’ Dad would be open to negotiations. He really seems to love doing audiobooks and his reading is wonderful. (I am biased though. His reading brings me back to the comfort of lying in bed falling asleep to his reading Madeline L’Engle or Beverly Cleary books and the like.)