Narrator Update – Karen Commins
Hi, April! I hope you’re well and have enjoyed this past year as much as I have. Thanks so much for inviting me back to your site to share my latest news with your readers!
Whatcha been up to since last year?
During 2015, I’ve drastically increased my efforts to help authors and publishers with a backlist understand the audiobook production process and get more of their titles into audio!
I started the year by creating and, of course, narrating a 41-minute video Setting Sail In Audiobooks that explains reasons every author should have audiobooks and offers concrete suggestions for writing with audio in mind and using ACX.com to create audiobooks. I also created and narrated a 3-minute video that demonstrates Amazon’s Whispersync between the Kindle ebook and Audible audiobook.
In June, my friend and fellow narrator Ann M. Richardson and I had the great joy of launching InD’ear, our featured column about audiobook production, in InD’tale Magazine, a celebrated publication for indie authors and publishers. My articles appeared in the June, October, and November issues. I’ll be discussing audiobook marketing promotion ideas in the February issue and hope your readers will find it useful.
I’m currently developing a new web site AudioForAuthors.com as a home for even MORE of my articles, as well as a curated resources list! I expect it to go on-line within the next few weeks.
Even with the expanded assistance to authors, I continue to develop content to help my fellow narrators.
My A VOICE Above The Crowd blog continues to serve as a resource to other voice talent and narrators. I added 18 new articles, including 2 interviews with audiobook bloggers. (Your readers will remember that my interview with you kicked off this fun and interesting series of posts!)
One article that has been particularly popular with both narrators and authors is How to Afford Your Editor, Proofer, or Narrator TODAY.
Narrators have also appreciated these 2 videos that I created and narrated this year:
Finally, I started and maintain an FAQ for the very active Facebook Group ACX Narrators and Producers. (Anyone may read the questions, but the links to most of the answers may be read only by group members.)
New Links In My Discography
Rest assured, my writing and video production activities are mere extensions of my greatest passion, which is audiobook narration! I’m delighted to announce I released 8 new audiobooks in 2015!
My first release of 2015 was BLY VS BISLAND: BEATING PHILEAS FOGG IN A RACE AROUND THE WORLD, which the talented Melissa Reizian Frank narrated with me. It was a very special narration project, and the story behind the story still gives me chills!
In addition, I performed:
cozy mysteries — DEAD PAN by Gayle Trent and ONE HOOF IN THE GRAVE by Carolyn McSparren
suspense and romantic suspense — DEADLY BLESSINGS by Julie Hyzy and WHAT SHE DOESN’T SEE by Debra Webb
history –THE STORY OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY by Benjamin Levine and Isabelle Story, THE TRIAL OF SUSAN B ANTHONY by Ann D. Gordon, and Susan B. Anthony’s famous 1873 speech IS IT A CRIME FOR A US CITIZEN TO VOTE
You can hear samples of my 2015 releases in this Soundcloud playlist:
In January, I’ll be narrating a wonderful 1896 interview between Nellie Bly and Susan B. Anthony, who are each fascinating ladies. I’m excited to bring their words to life! I also have a historical book about the Eiffel Tower on tap for narration.
After years of thinking about it, I’m finally compiling my writing into a book tentatively titled IF YOU WANT MY ADVICE. I’ve written countless helpful entries on a variety of topics, both on-line and in my private journals. I’m reviewing all of them for their possible inclusion in the book. Naturally, you can expect that I will narrate an audiobook edition of the book as well!
The first 3 people who leave a comment may have their choice of audiobook from among my and my husband Drew’s titles! The books can be viewed at this link:
Happy holidays to all, and best wishes for radiant health and unimagined prosperity in 2016!