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How to make your novel into an audiobook. From one book in 12 years to 12 books in one year – Volume is King Podcast. Plus a Plethora of Links and Hints for Would Be Self Publishers
6 May 2014

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(re-posted after IT glitch fri-mon)


I’ve noticed how high the profile of Audible is getting lately – have you? A big article in the London Metro paper, ads on the tube, features online… Am glad ‘cos it’s my lifeblood especially in my car.

Audible, if you didn’t know, is Amazon’s audiobook arm, where you can find most books in audio format. You can link to it via a book’s page on amazon too, which makes it easier. And you can use audible apps on any device to listen to your purchases (it’s fab!).

But how do you make your own titles into an audiobook? Amazon’s subsidiary has recently started allowing the UK to use ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange.) There, authors can link up with producers/narrators all looking for novels to make audiobooks out of. Most authors are currently doing a royalty split deal, to create their own, but you can pay outright for a producer to do it. Or create your own. Go here to read more about it if you’re an author/narrator. Go here to find out more about what a narrator is looking for in their next collaboration. And a fab look at the whole journey from Roz Morris is here – look at this first if you’ve no idea about audio books.

But if you’re a reader or should I say listener – OMG what a great way of getting more books read! I listen in the car – hallelujah, what a godsend it is – someone reading a story to me, all the way to work on my long journeys (about an hour each way, sometimes more!) I’ve been loving the entire Lee Child/Jack Reacher back catalogue, plus the Highlander time travel series by Diana Gabaldon (am on book 4 – and each one is over 30 hours long! Great value and really well read.) Plus many John Grishams and countless romances.

For most listens, my fave audio book – having listened to it three times - has to be Bridget Jones’ Diary 3 (Mad About The Boy) – read by the excellent Samantha Bond. I’d love her to read one of my stories – she could do great justice to Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter, recently released on Amazon in paperback and eBook. #Wishlist!

But some truly ruin a book. I’ve stopped reading a couple because the narrator took a dramatic unrealistic actor-y sharp intake of breath at the end of every sentence (grrrr!) – they’re not reading a story, they’re doing an actor playing at reading a story. I didn’t finish it – I won’t say which one but it was a light romance about xmas in a famous London St. I also went as far as getting a refund on Cloud Atlas – the first passages were un-listenable (ok so I’m making these words up, but they should be words! Lol) – being read by the actor as if he’d never seen those words before, and in a seventeenth century type context, that ain’t a good thing! Another had a sing song tune she sang in almost every sentence, mostly near the end, whereby I was more listening out for the blimmin tune than I was getting into the story. Most distracting. And of course there are the books which I just haven’t managed to wade through – some most definitely made more for the eye than the ear (Wolf Hall, the Luminaries etc – gotta give me points for trying though eh?! Hah!).

Anyway, fortunately most are GREAT! And if you find you are too busy with household chores, travel and so forth, to settle down to actually read a book, do get the audio book version – with audible apps on every smartphone device it’s never been easier – and you don’t need to be stuck with headphones either, not with all the great Bluetooth devices around. My current faves are a couple from QVC, including the Edifier and the trendy brand Bassboomz’ small but beefy 2 inch rechargeable speaker 504033 – no wires needed, connects by Bluetooth to your device with your audible app on! Oops! Slipped into sales mode there. But it’s great. And so is audible. Next step – to get some of my/your novels made into audiobook!


VOLUME IS KING – from one book in 12 years to 12 books in one year. It’s one of the biggest thrusts in self-publishing at the moment – listen to this podcast including some fascinating points about writing – a lot – from Joanna Penn with @johnnybTruant from (a good site if you like ‘depravity,’ he says! Lol.) Seriously needs listening to! Click here for more info about Johnny B Truant and the

Kickstarter project – also from Johnny and co, watch out for their real time innovation - a ‘write a novel in 30 days’ project - helping people understand the whole procedure of writing and self publishing a novel. Going live June 1-30 2014. You can also ‘crowd-fund’ via kick-starter and get involved too. Fiction Unboxed – more here about fiction unboxed.



Courses – the inimitable Joanna Penn is one of the best people I can ever recommend, to help give you marketing tips and help. She’s available again – if you’re quick -

Book Marketing Masterclass with Bestselling Authors Joanna Penn and Polly Courtney

Inspiration – James Patterson: how the bestseller factory works – interesting Telegraph article from one of the biggest authors in the business, James Patterson


Self publishing Tips

Tons this week. Next week I’m going to do a consolidated single blog post which points people in the direction of superb beginner self pub resources, who are doing it far better than me! Then my own RiWiSi will be more specific to my own stage in the journey. This is a mixed bunch, but all fab! I tend to read several of these each week, and try to earmark the ones I think you’d like!



-          Publishing On Kobo With Mark Lefebvre via The Creative Penn


-          How To Build Up Your Writing Bio Super Fast - Writer's Relief, Inc.


-          5 Things Literary Agents Want To See In Your Author Platform – the importance of your social media platform via Web Design Relief


-          A rallying cry for high standards in self-publishing from a great resource site Self-Publishing Advice - hear hear!



-          Why Authors Need To Set Up A Mailing List, NOW!  from Book Marketing Tools Blog


Don’t forget to check out my archives for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. And do remember there’s even more RiWiSi on my Friday QVC blog! Go here.

Plus - see below for my own list of books now available in paperback or eBook on Amazon!

Have a lovely week! Next week -  the importance of Goodreads… are you a member?

Best wishes





As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! Do give me feedback by tweeting or facebooking or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Otherwise I’d appreciate a review on Amazon and Goodreads! Enjoy! x


Books  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)


HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

 (Book 3 ‘Hawaiian Retreat – Helen’s Story’ is coming in the Summer)

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – see above – click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.



‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!



Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!


OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see my new Work In Progress tab for updates!)

‘Hawaiian Retreat’ – Helen’s story - book three in the trilogy, see above.

‘TTFLS’ revised version – coming Autumn 2014

‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe – more info in the summer. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘Diary of a Rookie Shopping Channel Presenter’ – sequel - early 2015


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