40. Sound and Vision

I WAS a huge David Bowie fan but despite its name this blog entry isn’t a tribute to the thin, white duke.

The truth is that the spoken word is becoming a big thing when it comes to literature, particular for us commuters who have to spend quite a few hours a week travelling on public transport from home to office.

Around this time last year I received a small MP3-style device as a present from my wife. I am one of those luddites who rages against new technology, and once described the world wide web as a passing phase.

Now I find I am on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, have a couple of blogs, run my own website and sell my books through Amazon.

I guess in a quiet way I am glad my prophecy didn’t come true, though it is interesting to see that Mr Murdoch has been forced to tear down his paywall for the Sun Online.

Still, I digress. The tiny contraption I plug into my ear every week on the London Underground plays me the latest novels, which I have downloaded from Amazon’s Audible offshoot.

It’s true they are fairly expensive, but it breaks up a journey wonderfully to listen to a book being narrated for you as you switch off and relax before the hard work begins.

As I’m going to spend the next seven or eight hours of my life reading stories for the national newspaper where I work, I hardly want to pass the previous three quarters of an hour with my nose in a book or Kindle.

The good thing for independent authors now is if they are prepared to spend a bit of cash they can commission a narrator to produce their own audio book.

This week I have been negotiating with a trained film producer to have Crossing The Whitewash put out on Audio. We are also talking about releasing a short marketing film to promote the novel and its audio equivalent. It can only go to help my writer’s profile.

I’ll let you know how I get on later, but it is certainly worth looking into ACX, the Amazon platform which puts authors in touch with actors and producers who are ready to help them take the next step on their Independent Publishing journey.

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