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Postby allz28 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:20 am

A lot of my writing takes place at various libraries while I travel with my wife on her bank exams. I once calculated that my last novel was written in over 30 libraries throughout the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. I can say that I've never once seen a homeless person in a library.

But come to think of it, I tend to stop shaving when I'm on a writing binge. Maybe people were mistaking me for a homeless person. :lol:

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:lol:

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Postby Ultimate Cheapskate » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:25 am

Lucas - I know the feeling. You might enjoy this excerpt (true story!) from my book "The Cheapskate Next Door":

“I was reminded of my need for a major fashion makeover during the Florida leg of the Tour de Cheapskate, one of my book-tours-by-bicycle. My book signing in Sarasota, Florida, was scheduled one evening at Sarasota News and Books, a very nice independent bookstore in the upscale part of downtown, just a block off the water. I arrived on my bicycle a little early, after nearly a week and 300 miles of pedaling through days of Florida's famous liquid sunshine, one downpour after the next.

I was dressed as I usually am when cycling, in ratty looking shorts and a faded t-shirt (Grand Funk Railroad, as I recall, from the concert I went to in 1978). I decided to take a few moments to relax before the signing, so I sat down on a park bench outside the bookstore with my trusty-but-tattered ten speed and well-worn traveling gear parked next to me.

A nicely dressed older woman walked up to me, opened her purse, and tried to hand me a $10 bill, saying, "You poor man, you look like you could use some help." She was there for the signing, and had no idea that I was the author and not a street person ... although admittedly there's often not much difference between the two.”
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Postby Ultimate Cheapskate » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:37 am

Hi Terry -

That range seems high just for narrration, of course it depends on the book (esp. the length) and the narrator (obviously Morgan Freeman would command higher pay than, say, The Ultimate Cheapskate :lol: ). I think $5,000 for the average narration is more like it (I think I got paid $4,000 to narrate my first book, but that was a few years ago); many audio publishers also pay by the completed hours of the final narrated edition.

That said, clearly total production costs (e.g., studio time, production, post-production, rights, etc.) for an audio edition are very substantial, probably easily totalling the top end of your range. But with digital downloads having largely replaced CD's, cassette tapes, etc., at least audio publishers can now get by with a much smaller front end investment when it comes audio formats. My new book will be available as a digital download and as a CD set, although the CD's will primarily be produced for the library market.

And, yes, the author's royalties for audio editions are typically higher per unit than for print copies, particularly for digital downloads. And, of course, formats like CD sets are usually priced quite high, so it's not only a higher percentage, but a higher percentage of a higher price. All that said, audio sales of my first book weren't that great, with most of the copies being sold to libraries, which will traditionally buy copies of the audio edition if the print version is popular enough in their collections (or, at least, larger library systems usually buy the audio editions).

I really do regret that I don't have the time to narrate this book myself, as it's a pretty neat - but stressful - exercise, and since I write mostly in the first person, I'd like it to be my voice. Although, as I discovered when I narrated the audio edition of my fist book: "If you think about it enough, there's really no word that you can't some how mispronounce." :oops:
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Postby James A. Ritchie » Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:10 pm

I envy anyone who can narrate a book. If Elvis came from backwoods Appalachia, and spoke with a mouthful of Alka Seltzer, well, that's me.

Like Neil Gaiman. Every time I listen to him read a story I just want to stop talking.

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Postby Ultimate Cheapskate » Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:20 pm

- Jeff Yeager --- http://www.UltimateCheapskate.com
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