Audiobooks

The One Where The Killer Speaks Again…(from the upcoming FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook)

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Thank you to everyone who voted in my Instagram stories to help me decide on which exclusive excerpt to share today. 🙂 By popular demand, I am sharing another sample from the killer’s point-of-view…Perfect as we edge closer to Halloween…

As always, Megan Carter brings the story to life in such a wonderful manner, or in this case a very eerie manner. 🙂

Press play on the video below or click this link to see it on YouTube! Or you can listen to the audio here.

Perhaps in a last attempt at survival, Rachel pushes herself to sit back up in an impressive move. Many girls have totally given up by this point.

“I won’t tell anyone who you are. I swear.”

Her upper lip quivers. And this time my smile turns angelic, innocent. It’s a smile I practice often, the one I use when I need to blend in the crowd. Right now, it’s a smile that teases her into believing she has a chance.

She must see hope in this smile, because she repeats, “I swear I won’t.”

But like all the other ones before her, this girl isn’t going home.

Have you already listened to the recording bloopers Megan agreed to share? Warning: even her bloopers sound amazing.

Bloopers Part Two.
Explicit bloopers (Part 1)

Have you already listened to other excerpts from the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook I shared over the past couple of weeks?

The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…
There’s romance in the air…
A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

And if you’d like to help me raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and #LightTheNight, please check out this link.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

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The one with bloopers from the upcoming FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook…(Part Two)

Time for part two of bloopers from the audiobook recording of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT by Megan Carter. 🙂

I love watching bloopers for some of my favorite shows. They make me laugh, and sometimes they give an insight into the creative process.

And I was so happy, when Megan agreed to share some of the bloopers of her recording of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT with me. Spoiler warning: even her bloopers sound amazing.

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan. That exclusive scene will be available to those who signed up as soon as the audiobook is available for sale! The audiobook is currently undergoing ACX review, so it should be available before the end of October, right on time for Halloween.

Here’s the second part of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT bloopers.

Press play on the video below or click this link to see it on YouTube! Or you can listen to the audio here.

Have you already listened to the first part of the bloopers?

Explicit bloopers (Part 1)

Have you already listened to other excerpts from the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook I shared over the past couple of weeks?

The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…
There’s romance in the air…
A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

And if you’d like to help me raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and #LightTheNight, please check out this link.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

Oh and you can sign up below if you want to receive an email when I write on this blog…

Audiobooks

The one with bloopers from the upcoming FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook…(Part One)

I love watching bloopers for some of my favorite shows. They make me laugh, and sometimes they give an insight into the creative process.

And I was so happy, when Megan agreed to share some of the bloopers of her recording of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT with me. Spoiler warning: even her bloopers sound amazing.

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan. That exclusive scene will be available to those who signed up as soon as the audiobook is available for sale! The audiobook is currently undergoing ACX review, so it should be available before the end of October, right on time for Halloween.

Here’s the first part of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT bloopers.

Little warning: there might be a curse word in there. 🙂

Press play on the video below to hear an excerpt from the killer’s point-of-view or click this link to see it on YouTube! Or you can listen to the audio here.

Have you already listened to the other excerpts I shared over the past couple of weeks?

The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…
There’s romance in the air…
A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

And if you’d like to help me raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and #LightTheNight, please check out this link.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

Oh and you can sign up below if you want to receive an email when I write on this blog…

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#TeaserTuesday … Are you ready for another exclusive excerpt from the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook?

It’s time for another #TeaserTuesday. And I’m so excited, because the audiobook is currently going through the review process of ACX… I’m crossing my fingers the process goes swiftly. That means the audiobook is soon going to be available for sale.

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

That exclusive scene will be available to those who signed up as soon as the audiobook is available for sale!

Press play on the video below to hear an excerpt from the killer’s point-of-view or click this link to see it on YouTube! Or you can listen to the audio here.

A door closes in the distance, and my heart jumps up my throat. The silence in the locker room settles in my chest, and my eyes dart to the right, then to the left.

“Don’t be silly. Everything is okay,” I say out loud, but taking a full breath is still hard. “Must be the football players leaving.”

I grab my bag and hesitate between the emergency exit and the main exit a bit farther away. Blood pounds in my veins, and I’m tempted to run to the emergency exit.

But this is ridiculous. No one is there. No one is there to get me.
Footsteps resonate and I accelerate.But the footsteps get closer.
There is someone.
Someone behind me.
A hand reaches out and touches my arm.
Shivers run up and down my spine, and I scream.

Have you already listened to the other excerpts I shared over the past couple of weeks?

The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…
There’s romance in the air…

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

And if you’d like to help me raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and #LightTheNight, please check out this link.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

Oh and you can sign up below if you want to receive an email when I write on this blog…

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#TeaserTuesday … There’s romance in the air in the audiobook of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT.

It’s time for another #TeaserTuesday. This time, I asked on Instagram if listeners would prefer a little bit of romance or more from the murderer’s point-of-view. And 100% of the people who voted (thanks again!) decided on romance.

The excerpt is a few paragraphs into Chapter 11. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

That exclusive scene will be available to those who signed up as soon as the audiobook is available for sale!

Press play on the video below to hear an excerpt from the killer’s point-of-view or click this link to see it on YouTube! Or you can listen to the audio here.

And when he turns to me, I forget about the horrors, about Rachel dying, about my father and the rest of the world. The only thing I hear over and over again is how he remembers that day.

My treacherous and silly mind holds on to the hope that he chooses this moment to turn to me and tell me how much he’s been wanting me, that he’s been in love with me for such a long time he doesn’t remember when it started.

Because that’s how it is for me.

I don’t know if it was when he helped me after I fell during that game.
I don’t know if it was when he asked to take Caleb bowling one afternoon after I told him a bunch of Caleb’s friends were ganging up on him.
I don’t know if it was during that kiss.
Or five minutes ago, when he asked to be there for me.

Have you already listened to the other excerpts I shared the past couple of weeks?

The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

Thank you so much for listening!

Oh and you can sign up below if you want to receive an email when I write on this blog…

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#TeaserTuesday … The killer speaks…in the audiobook of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT.

It’s time for another #TeaserTuesday. Halloween is next month and I think the audiobook should be available a few weeks before. Perfect timing, don’t you think? 🙂

Last week, I asked on Instagram who you wanted to hear a little bit more of…and the killer came in close second after Dimitri. So…here we are. 🙂

The excerpt is a few paragraphs into Chapter 4. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

That exclusive scene will be available to those who signed up as soon as the audiobook is available for sale!

Press play on the video below to hear an excerpt from the killer’s point-of-view or click this link to see it on YouTube! Or you can listen to the audio here.

And this time my smile turns angelic, innocent. It’s a smile I practice often, the one I use when I need to blend in the crowd. Right now, it’s a smile that teases her into believing she has a chance. She must see hope in this smile, because she repeats, “I swear I won’t.”

But like all the other ones before her, this girl isn’t going home.

Have you already listened to the other excerpts I shared the past couple of weeks?

The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

Thank you so much for listening!

Oh and you can sign up below if you want to receive an email when I write on this blog…

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Three tips for audiobook narrators from Megan Carter…

Megan’s narration has been called “top-notch” and “fantastic”. And I couldn’t agree more. 

Megan is a London-based actor from Kansas City, USA. She received her MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She also holds a BA in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago, with minors in in Musical Theatre, Dance, and Shakespeare Studies. When not working, Megan enjoys reading, running, and practicing yoga. She loves a good road trip, and has been on one hundred and one roller coasters.

For more information about Megan and her work: www.megancarter.net

Here are her three tips for audiobook narrators:

Transcript from the audio file:

Hello, listeners! This is Megan Carter, the narrator of Fear Me, Fear Me Not, and these are my top 3 tips for narrators!

  1. Try to pick projects you love! Don’t be shy about asking to read the whole book before you sign a contract. If you like what you’re doing, you’ll enjoy the process more and create a better product.
  2. Keep track of your characters! I use a spreadsheet with timestamps for each voice. If you have a minor character that appears in chapter 3 and doesn’t come back until chapter 17, you want to remember exactly what he sounds like!
  3. Take care of yourself! Sitting in one place and using your voice all day can be really hard on your body! I warm up before, take breaks during, and I’ve bookmarked a few favourite yoga videos on Youtube for a great neck and shoulder release after. And make sure to hydrate!

Thanks for listening – talk to you soon!

Do you have any questions for Megan? You can add them into the comments and maybe we’ll select one or two to answer in the next few weeks. 

And here’s an excerpt of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT narrated by Megan in case you haven’t listened to her amazing narration yet. 🙂

First minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT narrated by Megan Carter. Available soon.

If you want to know when FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT becomes available for sale and get an exclusive scene narrated by Megan, you can either sign up for my newsletter or fill out this Google form. With the Google form, you’ll receive only ONE email from me, instead of somewhat more regular updates when you sign up for the newsletter.

Another way to keep updated is to sign up to my blog (see below). I post on here way more often than I send newsletters. Or you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Thanks for reading! ❤

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#TeaserTuesday Exclusive Audio Excerpt: Meet Dimitri from FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT (narrated by Megan Carter)…

It’s time for another TeaserTuesday and today you’re about to meet Dimitri. The excerpt is a few paragraphs into Chapter 3. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

That exclusive scene will be available to those who signed up as soon as the audiobook is available for sale!

Press play on the video below to hear an excerpt from Dimitri´s point-of-view or click this link to see it on YouTube!

There really is a before and after. When Nadia used to tell me about some stories she’d read, or a play she was auditioning for, she always said there was a before and an after. And with those comes one moment that changes everything

My accident was the turning point. And my after sucks.

Before, whenever I’d come into town, people would pat me on the shoulder, offer me an extra sandwich, an ice cream. Little kids would look at me with so much awe in their eyes. Guys would want to be me. I was celebrated. I mattered.

Football player.

It wasn’t only about the game. It was a way of life.

After?

Some look at me the way I expect them to: a bit of pity, a bit of you-deserve-this. But what hurts the most is realizing that most don’t even notice me anymore. I’ve officially become a ghost of football past. Unless I can convince one coach to take another look at me.

I think next week, I am going to share another excerpt…this time from the killer’s POV. Have you already listened to the first minute of the audiobook I’ve shared before? Here it is again. 🙂

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Thank you so much for listening!

Elodie

(Are you on Instagram? 🙂 )

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The one where you meet Megan Carter, audiobook narrator…

I know this is a long blog post title. And I went through different options: Spotlight on Megan Carter, audiobook narrator extraordinaire. Or On Wednesdays, we talk audiobook narration. But let’s face it, there’s a chance I will not post those updates on Wednesdays and communication has a lot to do with expectations (that’s a different topic).

Anyways, today I am so so happy to introduce you to Megan Carter. Megan is the narrator of my book FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…If you haven’t heard Megan’s narration, here is a little sample from the two first chapters of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT.

When I listened to Megan’s audition, I was blown away. Her voice and her acting skills and the audio quality of her production were just exactly what I was looking for. And I am so happy and excited she agreed to narrate FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT.

Megan’s narration has been called “top-notch” and “fantastic”. And I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

Megan is a London-based actor from Kansas City, USA. She received her MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She also holds a BA in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago, with minors in in Musical Theatre, Dance, and Shakespeare Studies.

With her strong musical theatre and dance background, Megan especially loves theatre that is highly physical and that involves lots of movement and stage combat. She is passionate about bringing classical works to contemporary audiences in a way that allows people to feel like they have a place in the story and a way to connect to it.

When not working, Megan enjoys reading, running, and practicing yoga. She loves a good road trip, and has been on one hundred and one roller coasters.

I asked Megan to tell me in three words what she loves about narrating books. And here’s her answer: Freedom, Artistry, Bookworm.

Here’s where you can find more information about Megan and her work: www.megancarter.net

Next week, Megan will share with us three tips for audiobook narrators. I’ll be sharing those on my blog (you can subscribe at the bottom of this page to my blog) and on Instagram.

Do you have any questions for Megan? You can add them into the comments and maybe we’ll select one or two to answer in the next few weeks. 🙂

If you want to know when FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT becomes available for sale and get an exclusive scene narrated by Megan, you can either sign up for my newsletter or fill out this Google form. With the Google form, you’ll receive only ONE email from me, instead of somewhat more regular updates when you sign up for the newsletter.

Another way to keep updated is to sign up to my blog. I post on here way more often than I send newsletters.

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Adventures in narration Part Two: What do I need? (material, home studio & software)

So you’ve decided you wanted to start as an audiobook narrator.

But what do you need? Microphone? Stand? Software? And why do you need all this material?

Well, you want the sound to be as clear as possible before you start editing and mastering your tracks. ACX frowns upon and rejects over-edited tracks.

You can see ACX’s requirements of the files here: ACX Audio Submission Requirements.

Material

This is the material I’ve been using:

(please note that those links are Amazon affiliate links – I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com)

  1. Blue Yeti Silver Edition
BLUE Yeti Silver Edition, Mic Only (988-000103)
Purchase on Amazon

I’ve searched and read lots of reviews for microphone, and hesitated a lot. But I ended up buying this BLUE Yeti Silver Edition for less than $150 (if you decide on this one, please note that sometimes they have different prices for different colors).

Krystal Walcher also has a list of material on her website, which I found very useful when I was looking and looking and looking…and I thought about going with her microphone.

Others said you absolutely should not use a USB mic to record audiobooks, that it wouldn’t be good quality enough. However, I read a lot of other reviews and posts promoting USB mics for audiobook narration.

What you definitely shouldn’t use is your computer build-in mic or a bluetooth microphone. Trust me, the first time I tried recording (before actually researching) I used my computer build-in mic. Talk about wasted hours 🙂

The price for this Yeti mic is one of the factor that tilt the balance in its favor. At the time of its purchase, I was also receiving 15% back on such purchases with my Amazon credit card…so I went for it and have not regretted it. One of the downsides is it’s a bit difficut to adjust the pop filter on it and it didn’t fit right in a sound box I had also purchased, but except that it has worked perfectly for me. I also bought a pop filter and a foam windscreen to ensure even better sound quality.

2. Professional Foam Windscreen

It helps filter out hard “p” and “t” sounds and helps keep unwanted noise out.

Professional Foam Windscreen for Blue Yeti (less than $15 on Amazon).

3. Pop filter

Microphone Pop Filter For Blue Yeti and Any Other Microphone Dual Layered Wind Pop Screen With Flexible 360° Gooseneck Clip Stabilizing Arm By Earamble (Less than $10 on Amazon).

(from their description):  Banish the dreaded hissing and lisping sounds that come when pronouncing the letter “”S”” and blocks those ugly “”plosives”” that follows “”B”” and “”P””.Swivel mount for easy installation.

4. Headphones (mine are Tascam TH-02 Closed Back Studio Headphones, Black)

Headphones help you during recording to notice if your mic is picking up any unwanted noises and they are definitely a must when you master and edit your tracks.

Personally I chose the Tascam TH-02 headphones because the reviews were pretty good and they weren’t very expensive (less than $30).

Home studio

I set up my home studio in the closet of a guest bedroom, using blankets to put against the wall, and soundproofing foam squares against the door. I added pillows above. And I also put blankets by the windows in the room. This didn’t cost much at all.

This is how my home studio looks like 🙂

Again, I got my inspiration from Krystal (I mention her a lot but I actually never interacted with her :-), I just found her site super helpful when I first started out narrating audiobooks).

I used those panels on the doors as I couldn’t seem to put blankets on that side :-): Foamily 12 Pack- Burgundy/Charcoal Acoustic Panels Studio Foam Wedges 1″ X 12″ X 12″

I used the command tape to attach it, you know the one that you can remove without any traces. I need to readjust them now because they are starting to fall off. So, this mounting tape did last about a year.

Software

I personally use Audacity. It’s a free software. And I find it very easy to use.

Audacity® software is copyright © 1999-2019 Audacity Team. Web site: https://audacityteam.org/. It is free software distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. The name Audacity® is a registered trademark of Dominic Mazzoni

You can download Audacity on their webpage here.

I have read a lot in forums on how to use Audacity for narrating books and complying with ACX and other platforms’ requirements.

And would you be surprised if I told you Krystal Wascher is thinking about doing a tutorial on how to meet the ACX audio submission requirements using Audacity n January 2020 ? 🙂 If you scroll down at the end of this link, you should be able see more information.

Personally, on top of the forums, I used this book:

The Stressed-Out Writer’s Guide to Recording Your Own Audiobook (Stressed-Out Writer’s Guides).

The ebook is only $3.99 (and is in Kindle Unlimited).

I found Kirk’s chapter on how to set up your settings for Audacity recording and editing/mastering very very very helpful.

In my next post in my “Adventures in Narration” series, I’ll go a bit deeper into what it has been for me to be a narrator. I’ll share some bloopers, how I organize my days, and answer a few questions I’ve received.

Do you have any questions for me? Don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments or send me an email at: authorelodienowodazkij@gmail.com