I’ve been slowly building a publishing company, Crossroad Press, as many of you know. In fact, it’s largely responsible for my being here a lot less often. I’m pretty busy with it. Since I started doing audiobooks, I’ve been approached several times about whether I could do people’s books in audio. Here’s the thing. Crossroad Press – for the time being – is limited to invitation only. I have to build what I think will sell the most books, do the best for the company, etc…just like any other publisher.
That said…I have now been down the road of “how do I get my book into audio,” and I succeeded. Along the way, with my partner over at Sprinbrook Audio, Jeffrey Kafer begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, I’ve managed to land pretty major distribution, and start a viable audiobook company.
What Jeffrey and I have come up with is a new site - PERFECT VOICES – which is geared toward helping independent authors get their books out in quality audiobook format. It’s not free – and I hope people understand why it never will be. It’s a lot of work – several steps along the way require professional skills – and to compete with the world of audiobooks already out there, you have to match certain quality points. It’s just the nature of the beast.
That said, we’ve tried to tailor a number of different audio packages, loosely based on how I have set up my own company, that will allow people to not only get their book into audio, but to take advantage of the distribution network and lessons we’ve learned in establishing our own companies. It’s worth a look if you have aspirations of seeing your book in audiobook format…and it’s a viable way, in this new world of digital media, to take control of your audio rights and keep the money earned in your own hands … much as the Kindle and e-BOOK revolution is allowing authors to do that with the electronic versions of their work.
Give the site a look…tell me what you think.