It has taken months. Grueling months of very long, very late night work. I have finally finished all of the vocal recording and editing for my new novel, The Curmudgeon Code.
The audio book vocal recording served a dual purpose. The obvious is the base for the audio book version itself. The less obvious, but far more beneficial, was a final editing process. In that regard, the work has paid off very well. Many critical tweaks were discovered during the recording. William Faulkner said, “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” Hosts of personal favorites are now on the scrape pile.
I am pleased with the vocal work, including the character voices. I’m not a mimic with an awesome ability to generate many vocal qualities. I’m just an old guy with a desire to make the audio book experience captivating. With characters ranging from very old to very young, male and female, with heart and some very heartless, I put huge demands on myself. Still, slow and steady like Cecil the Tortoise, I persevered.
The work isn’t done. Sound effects are next, though that should be a short and easy task. Then the musical backgrounds which may prove as difficult as the vocal work. Once that is complete, a Kickstarter campaign to act as a pre-order process to raise the capital for publishing.
I plod on, one-step at a time, though the finish line is now in sight.