Horror Roundtable 14 – Audiobooks
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When: 18 December, 2013
Time: 9pm EST (use the Time Zone Converter to find your local time)
The digital age has seen the popularity of audiobooks skyrocket; it is now a billion dollar industry, with a >30% growth rate in past few years and no signs of slowing. In a busy world, audiobooks are providing a way for us to get in our reading time even when we can’t sit down with an actual book; now we can ‘read’ while driving to work, working out at the gym, cooking dinner, or even doing the housework. And cooler still, you can synch from your ebook to the audio-version seamlessly. But how do authors and publishers get quality audiobooks made? What’s involved? And what are some of the pitfalls to look out for? Our guests for this roundtable have been involved in all aspects of audiobook creation, from narration, production studio engineering, to publishing, so come along and find out what they have to say.
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David Niall Wilson – has been writing and publishing horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction since the mid-eighties. An ordained minister, once President of the Horror Writer’s Association and multiple recipient of the Bram Stoker Award, his novels include Maelstrom, The Mote in Andrea’s Eye, Deep Blue, the Grails Covenant Trilogy, Star Trek Voyager: Chrysalis, Except You Go Through Shadow, This is My Blood, Ancient Eyes, On the Third Day, The Orffyreus Wheel, The DeChance Chronicles, including Heart of a Dragon, Vintage Soul, My Soul to Keep, Kali’s Tale and the tie-in novel Nevermore- a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe, The Parting and The Temple of Camazotz, both for the original series O.C.L.T. and the memoir / Cookbook American Pies: Baking with Dave the Pie Guy. His original script KILLER GREEN, based on the eBook original novel by the same name, has been optioned by Ambergris Films, and his script GODHEAD, based on a story by producer, director Rosanna Jeran, was produced by Blurgirl Productions and is available now on Amazon digital download. David can be found at http://www.davidniallwilson.com and can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
David is CEO and founder of Crossroad Press, a cutting edge digital publishing company specializing in electronic novels, collections, and non-fiction, as well as unabridged audiobooks and print titles. Visit Crossroad Press at http://store.crossroadpress.com.
Jeffrey Kafer – is a professional audiobook narrator with over 130 titles to his credit including Roll Them Bones by David Niall Wilson and Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart and The Books of Blood, which he also produced. He has completed 65+ titles on ACX as well as for major publishers such as Audible, Tantor and Blackstone spanning all genres from horror to thrillers, romance to mysteries, YA, and non-fiction. He can be found online at http://audiobook-voice-over.com.
ACX Marketing Manager Scott Jacobi began his career in the audiobook industry as an editor at Talking Book productions over 5 years ago. He joined Audible as a member of their in-house studio team, and now helps spread the gospel of ACX and educate the audiobook community as the fingers on the keyboard behind the ACX Facebook, Twitter and blog.
Kevin Pierce is a full-time audiobook narrator and producer. At last count, Kevin had more audiobooks for sale through Audible’s Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) than any other individual producer or narrator. His most recent narrations include Bitch on Wheels by Gregg Olsen, The Synchronicity Highway by Trish and Rob MacGregor and An Act of War by Michael McMahan. More info at www.kevinpiercepresents.com.
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