It was an innocent notion that would take me down a rabbit hole so deep, I was looking for a white rabbit and a Cheshire cat. I did encounter lots of weird things, the most peculiar being a FLUX. What is a FLUX you ask? You will soon find out, and you will WANT one!
Stories have a way of transporting us to worlds unknown, and can offer a sweet respite from reality. Some of you are voracious readers, and many of you wish you had the time to be. Audio books are a viable way to “read” more books. Whether you are in your car, in the gym, outdoors or at home audio books are portable and can be enjoyed anywhere and anytime. Sixty percent of audio books are downloaded and listened to with our smart phones.
“I SHOULD CREATE AUDIO BOOKS FROM MY CIRCLE OF SUN SERIES!” Now you know the innocent notion that took me down the rabbit hole. Now how will I do that? Where would I find a narrator and how does the audio book get created, produced and published? There was a bright and shinning beacon on the horizon called ACX, a division of the mega giant Amazon. There I could get my books into audio form and publish on the largest audio platform in the world, Audible. (again, Amazon)
I did the audio book myself, and their submission requirements for quality audio was a crash course in sound editing, mastering and producing of audio files. Sample chapters were rejected more than once until I had them perfect. The learning curve was steep.
First I needed a sound studio to produce the kind of product they wanted. So I built one in my home and had to deal with lots of black electronic thing-a-ma-jigs and whatnots. The land was so foreign to me I longed to write and forget the notion of audio books.
******Dragonpad Pop Filter, Studio Condenser Recording Microphone, Tripod stand with extending boom, Studio Monitor Headphones, measurement between -23dB and 18dB RMS, Maximum -60dB noise floor, 192kbps or higher, Constant Bit Rate 44.1 kHz and FLUX!! WHAT????*****
I made the decision to narrate my own stories. I discovered listeners enjoy hearing authors read their own books. Additionally I learned doing “voices” for various characters is enjoyable to the listener if one has the ability, if not it’s better to simply read. “Good!” I thought, “I will simply read.” However that is not what actually happened.
When my distinguished gentleman character Professor Enderlee appeared in his first scene, his voice came out of me like a surprise guest at a party! No matter how many “takes” I did he wouldn’t be silenced. Soon all the characters would usurp this lowly narrator and folks, I just let it happen. In the second volume of the series the majority of the action takes place in London, England in the 1600’s. This would mean a British accent . . . and I learned how to do that too. Sounds like a happy ending right? NO! FLUX!
Finally my files were submission perfect but once more I ran into a brick wall. Before I signed any contracts with ACX I had to decipher their terms. They wanted to take 60% of each sale, set their own retail price, and reserve the rights to the audio files for seven years! I just wouldn’t do that!
So I stood against the giant and went rogue. I published my submission ready, quality sound files on my own website, keeping my profit and the rights to my work.
Finally I chose FLUX PLAYER to host my audio books. It’s a weird word but an awesome application. Consumers simply download the free app “FLUX PLAYER” from the app store.
Then if you are so inclined to try out one of my audio books, just come back to my website (kimlukeauthor.com) and find the “shop” tab at the top of the page. From there you will find the books, sample of narration and purchase instructions.
Going rogue is pretty cool, but my books are not featured on the biggest platform in the world, they are on a tiny stage in scheme of things, my own website. Now the audio book journey is in my rear view mirror. All that remains is for them to be enjoyed. Audio books are expensive to produce, even if you do everything yourself! The first book in the volume is ten+ hours of entertainment and normally sells for $26.00, but I have a limited time sale on volume 1 in the series . . . $7.99! This won’t last long.
I am eager to write another few books this year for both of the series. But I am considering producing audio books of the Enchanted Farm Series. I’ll keep you posted. If you are still reading this blog post, I am grateful. Thank you for caring about what I am doing. If you are wanting to purchase an audio book please read carefully below.
FLUX PLAYER, FLUX PLAYER, FLUX PLAYER, FLUX PLAYER
Please follow these simple steps.
1. Download the free Flux Player from the app store. (NOT my website) PLEASE REMEMBER THE EMAIL YOU ENTERED AND THE PASSWORD YOU CREATED, PLEASE REMEMBER THE EMAIL AND THE PASSWORD, EMAIL AND PASSWORD. Now that you have the FLUX PLAYER . . .
2. Go to my website and click the tab that says “shop”. There you will see three audio books. Click on any of the three to hear a few seconds of the narration.
3. When are asked to enter an email and password during the purchase, use the same one you used to download the FLUX player from the app store. The audio book will immediately download and you will have your first book in your library.