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Derrick McClain

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February 26




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After eight years of professional and competitive public speaking and (live) oral interpretation of literature, Derrick has turned his powerful voice to the world of audiobooks.

While he enjoys reading, listening to, and narrating a wide variety of genres, he has a particular affinity and passion for romance novels of all types.

Derrick records in a professional quality studio at his home in Tallahassee, FL, where he enjoys the quiet North Florida lifestyle along with his fiance and insanely hyper dog. He has previously lived in rural Pennsylvania as well as Orange County California, and has extensively traveled the United States, becoming familiar with a wide range of American accents and sub-cultures.

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As an audio proofer, I would sit down with the audiobook recording before it went to retail, and follow along with the text, …more
Thanks for the question!

As an audio proofer, I would sit down with the audiobook recording before it went to retail, and follow along with the text, checking for:

*Missed lines
*Extraneous sounds (a cough, hitting mic stand, etc)
*Disruptive word changes

I would then mark down the timestamp and correlating page of text at which the issue occurred, a short note about what was said and what should have been said instead, and that would be sent to the narrator/producer who would then re-record those sections before final submission.

I would not be critiquing performance, accents, or other creative aspects of the narration. I compare this to the final edit check of a written work before it goes to print - at this point, the editor is no longer looking for plot holes or other weaknesses/opportunities, but rather just any remaining embarrassing typos, grammatical/spelling mistakes, etc.

And these mistakes always happen. In one of my most recent recordings, I initially said "holded" instead of "molded", "fanning" instead of "fanned", and I mispronounced "Bavarian" THREE times. Luckily, they were caught.

To again draw the comparison with print/ebook, some mistakes will sometimes slip by. And the more independent the production (indie author working with indie narrator/producer), generally the less likely the work will go through a professional proofer.

So -- long answer, I know, but hopefully it addresses your curiosity!

P.S. I'm planning a series of blog articles on the people "behind the curtain" in the creation of books and audiobooks. Included in this will be an interview with an audio proofer :) (less)
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