Narrator Update – Ann M Richardson
What’s New This Year?
I enjoyed the professional growth I achieved this year, and can attribute it directly to the hard work I did to follow my business plan more strictly. By setting measurable goals and laying out a clearly-defined path, I was able to work with new clients, and narrate more books than ever before. I also branched out into narrating eLearning courses, and hope to do more of those in the future. Another fun thing I’ve begun, is co-authoring a monthly column in “InD’Tale Magazine”. Fellow narrator, Karen Commins, and I write InD’Ear, which details helpful hints and information to guide an author through the process of making their book into an audiobook. Our Facebook Page is called “Narrators Helping Authors”. We’ve been writing this column since June, and have plans for more exciting topics that will take us all the way through to the end of 2016!
The newest books in my discography are very special to me. We all have moments when the past circles back and re-enters our lives, and I was blessed to have two such experiences happen this year. Many years ago, when I was in the automotive sales industry, traveling from dealership to dealership, I met a wonderful man, Tom Proctor, who worked on the sales floor selling cars, but dreamed of publishing his own children’s novel one day. Fast-forward the calendar to http://adbl.co/1ScvGOs and enjoyed reliving historical events through his characters’ forays in their time machine. The second such experience happened when Susan Krieger, the author of the VERY FIRST book I narrated, (“Traveling Blind: Adventures in Vision with a Guide Dog by My Side”) contacted me and asked if I would narrate her follow up book “Come Let Me Guide You: A Life Shared with a Guide Dog” http://bit.ly/1RHjlT8 . Her memoirs were touching, enlightening, and sentimental. In narrating these books, I was further blessed with an opportunity most narrators do not get: I was invited to come to the author’s book talks and launch events, and read excerpts from her books. I was so pleased for this special chance to engage with listeners and readers. What made it more fun, was that the author’s guide dogs were present, and I performed my readings with them resting at my feet.(this summer), when this gentleman contacts me and says he’s ready to publish and would like it if I could narrate the audiobook version for him. I was tickled to give voice to his story “The Discovery Machine”
What’s coming up that has me very excited? This fall PostHypnotic Press contacted me and asked if I would narrate an iconic Western by the inimitable Zane Grey. I finished narration on “Riders of the Purple Sage” just last week, and am looking forward to it becoming available sometime in Janaury. The owner of PostHypnotic Press, Carlyn Craig, had no idea when she asked me to do this special project, that I am a Western junkie! I absolutely LOVE watching the old ones like Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, The Virginian, High Chapparal, and anything else I can find. I grew up on a farm in Nebraska, riding my old Indian pony all over the place, pretending at cowboys and Indians. Narrating this book transported me right out on the plains, running my horse through the sage and rounding up cattle.
Another book that I am finishing up this month, is a sweet romance by Melissa Storm, “A Colorful Life Drawn in Broken Crayon” http://amzn.to/1Oj6Lm8 . It follows a young lady who is struggling with family issues, and who hides herself in her artwork and college. She finds herself involved with a handsome stranger, who takes her suddenly to the bold and colorful capitol city of India. I am excited to narrate more books by Melissa Storm in 2016.
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