Voice Fiction – Audio Books

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With Alexa Chipman, David Niall Wilson and Alix Spurlock.
This podcast features a wide-ranging discussion on the business of Audio Books from three points of view: A writer’s (Alexa Chipman), a publisher’s (David Niall Wilson) and a voice actor’s (Alix Spurlock).

guest-alexa-chipmanALEXA CHIPMAN is a writer for BrokenSea, Misfits Audio, Gypsy Audio, and Imagination Lane, including the popular series and two-time Parsec Finalist Maudelayne. She is a fantasy YA author of books such as ERFYL and MAWBRAY, with a background in theatre. Alexa has appeared with companies such as the Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Marin Dance Theatre, and in the Marin Fringe Festival.
Visit her website: http://imaginationlane.net

guest-alix-spurlockALIX SPURLOCK is a children’s audiobook narrator and voice over artist. She is also a super-nerd (her own description) who spends her free time watching the Science Channel, listening to punk rock and playing Wii with her 7-year old.

guest-david-niall-wilsonDAVID NIALL WILSON is a former president of the Horror Writer’s Association and multiple recipient of the Bram Stoker Award. A prolific writer with over 200 published stories and a dozen novels, David is Founder and CEO of Crossroad Press.

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4 Responses to Voice Fiction – Audio Books

  1. Mike Holmes says:

    If there should be no music or sound effects in an audiobook, why did music and sound effects work so well in radio’s Golden Age? I have yet to get a negative comment about these things in my audiobook. Quite the contrary: people say they like these additions quite a bit. Now, I’m of the school that less is more, plus I have a very good ear for what should and should not be used, honed by decades of program production, training, and just listening to what’s good and what isn’t. But that’s true of anything. Some pianists are very good; some aren’t. If something can be done well and it works, and has a history of working well (i.e., music / fx in Golden Age radio up to the present day), why dismiss it out of hand? These things draw one in quite well when used with finesse and taste.

  2. Karen Wolfer says:

    I really enjoyed listening to this tonight. All excellent questions and thoughtful responses.
    As an independent audio book producer, it is always good to hear how others are making it in the audio book world. If you could again touch on this business side of making audio books in future broadcasts, with additional people, that would be fantastic.
    Thanks for putting this together. Now I’m off to look up past presentations!

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