Helping A Bona Fide Genius With His Audiobook Narration Skills

Hey, there!

Recently, I appeared on The Self-Publishing Podcast, a show about self-publishing for writers, and I had the opportunity to come face to face with a bona fide genius.

And here he was, in need of some help with his AT2020 USB Plus microphone. So I helped him.

He also had some issues around his performance skills in narrating his own work. So we did a little session to help him. And here’s the video of that.

His name is Sean Platt, and, along with being an amazing writer, publisher and marketer, he also just killed it on Kickstarter with a campaign called Fiction Unboxed that raised a gazillion percent more than they intended.

Sean was interested in narrating his own books. And once we got his mic squared away, we tackled the skills he needed to do world class narration of his own books.

He was going along just fine, actually, but a couple of basic tweaks, and he’s gangbusters.

And hopefully, the Skype session we recorded will be helpful to you when you need to nip or tuck your toolkit of skills in audiobook narration (and feel free to click/tap on the square box at the right end of the control bar at the bottom of the video to make it full screen):

So, a couple of takeaways…own it (don’t be shy) and slow. the. eff. down.

Before we talked about his performance, we balanced his microphone, and I adjusted him there as well.

That conversation is available here.

Thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

Hope this helps!


2 Responses to Helping A Bona Fide Genius With His Audiobook Narration Skills

  1. Pat England September 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    Thanks for your valuable narration tips! I’ll remember them while I am doing my volunteer narration gig tomorrow!

  2. marlon braccia September 9, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    David said, “Let the words do the heavy lifting, because they are built for it.”
    That’s brilliant.
    It’s a phrase I can wrap my head around, because so often as a freelancer at the end of the day, I feel I have not done enough. It makes perfect sense that the same attitude would show up in my narration.
    I’m not going to change that. I’m going to drop it, right here, right now.
    Thanks, David.

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