What does you character sound like?

You may be saying, what is she babbling about now 🙂 It’s simple really. What voice would you put with your main character if you had the chance? Well, I had to figure that out this week and let me tell you, it was a blast!

What I’m talking about is audio books. An author recently mentioned I ought to try it out, so I did. I went to ACX.com and set up an account. It’s really easy and may I say extremely fun and exasperating too.

After you give them your general information, then the fun starts. You have to put your book information in and an excerpt that you want someone to read for an audition. Yep, you heard me right, an audition. You actually have people sending you auditions on the account. But the fun starts when you have to put in the settings you want. Here are just a few of the things asked.

1. Style of voice: This was a huge list of things like soft, loud, funny, sad, gruff, gravelly, and the list goes on. 

2. Gender: Male or female. This part was easy for me.

3. Region of Voice: In the site it has a different name but you get the idea. These included Southern, Northern American, Irish, English, Oriental, Cajun and the list goes on. This one was hard.

After you pick these out you need to tell the producer a little about the way you want it expressed. Then you put why you picked this excerpt.

Then the fun part begins. You can listen to the different styles of voice in the next screen. This is where you can change your choices which is a good thing. This was hilarious. I had to change most of the settings I’d picked. My editor would just looked at me and shake her head laughing. 

The strange part is I’ve always known what my character would sound like if she could talk. I listened to a couple of people that had general auditions and found a voice I liked. Then I’ve started receiving auditions. This is going to be hard. I’ve received some that really sound right. A couple sounded like they were in pain, so no. But it was so invigorating to hear my book being spoken by someone other than myself. 

So if you want to hear your book, go to ACX.com and try it out. They take royalty percentage or pay per hour. I went with royalty percentage. It’s a no brainer really. They distribute the finished audio book to Amazon, Itunes and a couple of other places. 

As always, Good Writing and May God Bless You.


6 thoughts on “What does you character sound like?

  1. Oh! That sounds like loads of fun, I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall while you listened to some of the options. Well done for trying something new with your work.

  2. This is very interesting, I’m going to have to try it out. My problem is that I need two people to read mine, a man and a woman because they are in 1st person. I wonder if that will be an issue. Might have to investigate. I’d love to hear a part of my book read by someone outloud. Awesome! 🙂

      1. I put in my information yesterday for Six Hours to Sunrise and got an audition submission! Wow! It was interesting hearing her read Laney. I think she did a pretty good job, but I’ll have to wait and see if others come in. I put in the information that I needed a male and female voice so I hope they can do that. Like you, I am doing the 50/50 royalty share and not sure how that will work an additional voice, to be honest. But ever since I began really wanting to put out my work full time, I’ve dreamed of hearing my books on audio and I’d love to see if come true.

        I did put in Color of Night late last night to try too because it has 1st person AND third person that could be read by one female narrator. Hopefully I can get a hit on that one.

      2. Good to hear. Also you can look at voices on one of the extra pages in the set up that has people you can listen to. I sent messages to two of them and have gotten responses from them for auditions. It’s really awe inspiring to hear your words come through a voice.
        Good luck…

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