SPF-137: Why You Need to be Publishing Audiobooks – with Tina Dietz

The popularity of devices like Alexa have created a rise in the demand for audio to educate and entertain commuters and laundry-folders alike. James talks to Tina Dietz about creating audiobooks from both our fiction and non-fiction work.

This week’s highlights include:

  • The importance of creativity in every type of business
  • How creativity makes us more productive
  • The different approaches to audiobooks by fiction and non-fiction authors
  • Thoughts on narrating your book yourself
  • The range of cost for producing an audiobook, including what you can expect to pay a narrator
  • Auditioning narrators to find the right voice for your book
  • Providing character information to narrators to find a good fit
  • Reading your book outloud yourself to get a sense of your characters’ voices
  • The three reasons for starting a podcast

Resources mentioned in this episode:

PATREON: Self Publishing Formula Podcast’s Patreon page

TINA’S WEBSITE: StartSomethingPositive.com Creative Business Solutions

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SPF-136: How To Start That Awesome Author Website – with John Dyer, Stuart Grant and Kraig Mathias

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An overview of three of the most popular and easiest website platforms for authors to use to create a beautiful and functional website.

Show Notes

  • Why your author website is important
  • The three website platform types
  • Choosing a website platform that suits your technical abilities
  • The importance of making sure your site looks good on mobile and tablet
  • The costs associated with the different platforms
  • Integrating websites with an email list provider
  • Why all the parts of your website matter, including, as ever, book cover design

Resources mentioned in this episode:

PATREON: Self Publishing Formula Podcast’s Patreon page

PDF DOWNLOAD: Click here to get the PDF with all the tools and links listed.

SPF FRIEND: Tommy Donbavand’s site about his battle with cancer

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