NARRATING YOUR OWN BOOK
Should You Be a “Do-It-Yourselfer?”
There are a few good reasons to narrate your own book, and as you will see, many more reasons why you should not.
Why you should:
1.It’s your book and your words, so you can tell your story best. You know your characters, your story or subject, and the thinking behind your words better thananyone else.
2.You keep more money. If you pay a narrator, you will either share royalties or pay them upfront to produce your audiobook. When you narrate your own book, your audiobook’s royalty payments go to you (after your publisher or ACX takes a big chunk of it).
3.You can be your own narrator if:
•You are a trained voice actor
•You are a professional actor
•You have a background in public speaking
•You are a radio air talent or news anchor
•You have read a lot of books for volunteer studios like Learning Ally and feel comfortable behind a microphone.
None of the above? Then get a professional to do it—please. It really is a lot harder than it looks. You could perform surgery on your own brain, but wow, what a mess!
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