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Andrew Chapman (andrew-chapman) | 180 comments Mod

I love audiobooks. I love them. There are so many books I wouldn’t have read if it wasn’t for all those strange audiobook producers who sit endlessly in front of a microphone reading. War and Peace was over 60 hours of audio. Some poor bastard had to read the whole thing. But thank god they did. Because of them (and especially the late Frank Muller, who was a legend among audiobook fans until his untimely passing due to a motorcycle accident). Great Expectations, Moby Dick, all of those really big ones we always hope to one day read, I have read because, like a child, I had them read to me.

It’s frowned upon, or at least it was, the listening to of an audiobook. But the impression of these things is changing thanks to Audible. But still a bit of, “Well, you didn’t really read it did you?” goes on. It doesn’t matter by what method the words get into your head, it only matters that they do. I read with my eyes too, my bookcase is overflowing, sometimes I also read with my ears, that’s all. Blind people read with their fingers. You’re not going to accuse them of being lazy are you? I knew a guy who read with his elbows, but he was probably functioning on a different plain of sanity altogether.

Audio is my favourite medium for entertainment. I love podcasts, I love music, and I love audiobooks. It is for this reason that I am as excited as a very excitable person doing a very exciting thing (god I’m great at synonyms. It must be the writer in me…) to announce that Tripping the Night Fantastic, my first novel (and a very strange one at that) has just completed the recording process!

The files have been sent to ACX for review and soon the book will be available to all through Audible and Amazon. When the big day comes I will write another blog post with links and a cheeky little trick that means you can get the book for free and I and the producer/voice-artist (Alan Gronner) will still get paid.

More soon! Hip hip hurrah!

What do you think of the cover for the audiobook?

(I have been lazy and just copy and pasted all of the above from my website. Let me know what you think of the cover -

Have any of you funny looking bunch thought about having your books produced in audio? I highly recommend ACX. It's free if you do a 50/50 royalty share with the producer. You put up a short sample of your book and then people audition and you pick the one you like. It costs nothing!)

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Cee Jackson (ceeteejackson) | 178 comments Hi Andy,

First off - I really like the cover, The text reminds me of The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Nighttime. Well, it would, I suppose.

Good luck with the audio sales. I'd love to hear (poor, accidental pun - sorry) how the sales go and what you think of ACX.

I approached them about a year ago regards DD&RW and I had a few take up 'auditions.' The geezer i opted for seemed very happy, but when I went back with a couple comments after he submitted the first two chapters, he disappeared into the morning mist, never to be seen or heard from again.
(I pointed out that there were several references to the Scottish countryside in the book, and the 'humour' was typically West of Scotland deadpan and self deprecating.

He said he could Scottish nae problem, an' 'at, coz his Grannie was from Inverness and he had once found he'd sprouted a red pube. But he was more a poor man's Mel Gibson 'You'll never take our freedom,' than what I was looking for , a pissed off Andy Murray.

I was approached with a personalised e-mail last week from Deyan Audio Services in L.A. being typically cynical, I thought it was all bollocks, but I checked them out .... they charge @ $500 per hour, but do seem to do some marketing and placement for you.

It was indeed genuine, and I wrote back saying it was way out my league, expense wise, and I got a very nice e-mail back from the MD.

So - DD&RW remains gathering virtual dust on the virtual shelf in the virtual warehouse.

Unless you're Andrew Chapman, in space, nobody can hear you narrate.


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Andrew Chapman (andrew-chapman) | 180 comments Mod
ACX have given me some codes so reviewers can get copies for free. If anyone on here has Audible and would be good enough to review the audiobook of Tripping the Night Fantastic let me know and I will send you a code in a private message!

Oh, I forgot to say, the audiobook is live on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes!

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