Narrator Update – Ann M Richardson

Eargasms Narrator Spotlight 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 eight years later (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” 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” .  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.
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” . 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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Check out Ann’s full spotlight from last year here.

I will give one free download code to the first 5 people who visit my website and (using the contact form) tell me what kind of dog I have.

18 Responses

  1. nrlymrtl says:

    That’s great you work with Post Hypnotic Press. They have such a variety of titles. I loved their trilogy by Patrick Bowman, a kind of kids’ adventure tale, retelling the story of Odysseus.

  2. Hi Ann!
    Last year when I read your spotlight interview I was very impressed by how much you had accomplished by learning how to record and edit audiobooks on your own from your own home (my profile name was K BookLuver last year). After reading your update, hearing about what you’ve been doing since last year I am even more wowed! Congratulations on having such a fulfilling, successful year! You definitely aren’t the type of woman who lays around eating bonbons while watching soap operas all day – it is obvious that your determination, drive and focus are behind your success (& paying off)! Seriously, I wouldn’t even know how to begin writing a, “business plan”?!?!

    Your project with Karen sounds brilliant! Has this connected you with new authors?

    PS: I hope you’re home recording is still going well? Hopefully you are able to erase the sound of those dang FedEx trucks & airplanes!

    PPS: I sent a comment through your website, hoping to be 1 of your giveaway winners this year. However, despite reading through your update and last year’s interview multiple times, I’m on an iPhone so I don’t have the search function. I learned a ton about you but I’m unfortunately not 100% sure I got your dog’s name right.

  3. HI Kim, Thank you for your kind comments! It certainly has been a fun journey, learning technical programs and improving my skill set to further hone my craft. I am surrounded by wonderful peers on whom I can call whenever I have a question or hurdle. I have found that if one surrounds ones’ self with successful people, it promotes even more success. The monthly column in InD’tale Magazine, with Karen, has gone quite well, and our Facebook page has over 100 “likes”. We are enjoying connecting with new authors and ones who are seeking a little guidance on their audiobook journey, and who knows, maybe one of them will choose me (or Karen) for their narrator.
    I wish you a wonderful 2016, and keep listening to audiobooks!

  4. Mary C. says:

    I have fond memories of borrowing my brother’s Zane Grey books – one favorite was WILDFIRE.

  5. Lilmissmolly says:

    You are a new narrator to me. Looks like you’ve narrated some good ones!

  6. Sophia Rose says:

    That is an amazing year and outstanding that you got to narrate those meaningful stories.

  7. Susan T. says:

    I’ve never been to a book launch where the audiobook narrator reads excerpts from the book but that is such a great idea! It must have been especially meaningful and fun to have the guide dogs there too!

  8. I am just getting into audio books and am loving all these narrators!

  9. Alexisa says:

    Thought I’d give it a shot (I already sent in m answer through your website).
    just finished listening to snippets of a some of your narrations. I enjoyed them.
    Good quality.

  10. julied says:

    My husband will be pleased to hear Zane greys on audio. Read him a long long time a go I love Westerns and cowboys. Good luck with your schedule

  11. I enjoyed your narration of the Stephanie Bond series. Great performance and a laugh out loud listen!

    • Hi Michelle,
      I’m glad you enjoyed the Stephanie Bond books. I loved narrating her work; she’s a very clever writer and intelligent stories always are fun to narrate!

  12. Wow, you are the first woman I ever saw that likes spiders and snakes! I don’t like spiders at all, yet I have always attracted them to me. Any clues as to why? I have even been bit many times including when I sleep.

    • Thanks everyone, for the kind words and well-wishes!
      Terri, I have no idea why spiders prefer you; maybe you have sweet blood? I think I heard somewhere that taking certain types of vitamins make you unattractive to insects… maybe Google that; I’m a narrator, not a doctor! 🙂

  13. Kim BookJunkie says:

    THANK YOU AGAIN ANN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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