Monthly Archives: February 2013

Author Spotlight

M. M. Shelly the author of my first Audiobook Narration is going to be a guest on the blog. So look for her interview once the audio version is available to purchase.  She’ll tell us the answers to all kinds of nosy questions I asked her. LOL  Stay tuned.

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The Zombie Story by M.M. Shelley

This weekend should see the final wrap up on The Zombie Story by M.M. Shelley narration project. I’ve learned some tough lessons along the way but it has been a very interesting process. All and all quite thrilling actually.

The Zombie Story is a young adult paranormal of novella length.  I’ll supply the link for the audiobook once it is finished with production. In the mean time visit for more information.

Here is the blurb from Amazon

Unfolding on the streets of Los Angeles is a new breed of monster…

Orlando, fresh from the mid west, arrives at his new high school on his Harley Davidson.

All he wants is to make it through the day, and begin his training as a Zombie Hunter.

But someone has different plans for him.

The Zombie Story is the first novella in a young adult series.
Dead Relatives is the second book in the series

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First Hard Lesson Learned

Well, the first hard lesson of this adventure is behind me.

One of the female characters in the book has a beautiful, yet unusual name. I wrote to the author and asked her how to pronounce it. I ‘thought’ I had it.

Eighteen chapters into the story narrating it. I just kept having this nagging feeling that I wasn’t getting that name right.  I did four sound bites saying the name different ways.

Sure enough. The way I had been pronouncing it for Eighteen Chapters was WRONG> Ah laws a mercy.

Now, fixing that kind of mistake can be done without renarrating the entire work. However, each time you say someone’s name there is different kinds of inflections based on what is being said in the sentence.

Never the less. I really want the author to be happy with the work. Nothing is a bigger turn off than not saying a name right.  I hopefully won’t need to make this mistake again. So, here I go fixing my flub up.


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Consistency is the Key (subtitle) Take 45

Well, I’ve made it through the open credits and all the way up through Chapter 3. This isn’t quite as easy as I thought it might be. LOL.

My original delusion was well, I have a pretty good voice, how hard can it be?

There in lies the key. HOW Frickin hard CAN it BE!  Well, pretty hard.

I’ve learned a whole lot about audio software. I have the elements locked in now. I’m going to go back and re do chapter one because it doesn’t sound the same as the following chapters.

Try it some time. Most of us have enjoyed reading a book out loud with our family. Sounds simple, right?

Now add performance anxiety….yes I went there. lol.

You have to read every word clear and clean. They don’t want the sssss that tag onto the words or the pops that pop with the p words. Pronounce names correction. Read slowly, pause before dialogue, made the characters sound different one from another. DID I SAY READ SLOWLY. LOL. The headphones and mic have to be positioned at the exact same place on your head each time you put them on or the volume levels are different. Did you know? The mic is so sensitive that it picks up the rustle of your clothes when you move your arm to pick up the tablet to read? Experiment with clothes to find the ones that don’t rustle when I move. OH DEAR!

I record. Stop, rewind record. OMG Did the cat just meow? Stop, Rewind Record. Dang it the dog shook his collar and jingled his tags. Oh Crap he picked up and dropped his bowl on the floor. So, stop. Go feed the dang dog in the other room. Rewind, re-record again for the 43 time.

Sounds pretty good!

Great we’ve finished the first paragraph.

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Let The Journey Begin

Thank you for dropping by today. I am beginning the journey as an audio book narrator.

I have always had a good voice. I missed the opportunity to be a radio D.J. The station manager tried to get me on the team after hearing my voice over the phone. I was young and silly and headed in a different direction at the time.

Then during my motherhood years my MIL said with my “voice” I could always get work on one of those 1-900 sex phone lines.

err. I didn’ t think I wanted to do “THAT” LOL. I just didn’ t know how to use the career guidance until now. Audio Books! Proof that you can re-invent yourself all along the journey.

I promise to share the ups and downs, the aww’s, the ohhh’s, the O craps. You will laugh with me and perhaps sometimes “AT” me. It’s all cool. I hope you will come along for the adventure.


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