I set myself a goal of completing five audio projects this year, and All The King’s Traitors, the fantastic novel by Keylin Rivers, was the first to be completed. I locked production on it a few weeks back, and Keylin’s been going through it and just making sure everything is all set for publication and final submission to Audible. It’s very exciting indeed!
As soon as it was done, I dropped her an email to see if there was anything further I could do to help give the audiobook a nudge or raise the profile of things ahead of it’s eventual launch. Keylin has a superb YouTube channel (just passed the 1k subs mark!) where she does weekly vlogs and recently began hosting streamed interviews with other indie authors as part of her ‘IndieVerse’ series, and I’d already said that I’d be more than happy to do something like an interview or live reading. At the time of writing, we’re still yet to submit the audiobook to ACX’s quality control for final submission, but Keylin asked if I wouldn’t mind jumping on a call and having a bit of a chat about how I got started.
It was lovely to be able to do that, to be honest. As I mention in the interview, narration is a relatively new venture for me, and though I’m well-versed in audio editing and production from a podcasting standpoint, this is completely different. This whole year has really been an opportunity to find and review my own process when it comes to approaching narration from both a performance and a production standpoint, and it’s been a wonderful journey. Getting the chance to talk about that was really great.
One of the great things about working with Keylin was that she provided a huge amount of insight into her characters, and the inspirations she had drawn from when it came to writing the book. As a narrator, you don’t want an author micromanaging things at all, but equally it’s great to be able to talk about craft on both sides of the coin and get as much insight as you can when it comes to the story. It’s a big thing, handing over your manuscript to a narrator, and I really appreciate having been able to chat to Keylin throughout the process. To have come full circle in this interview now that book one is done was a real pleasure.
The interview also reminded me that I’ve been neglecting this place a wee bit. There are several articles I’m planning out in the wake of the interview. Many have asked me how I got started, and what tips I might have for those looking to embark on a similar journey. There were questions around tech and getting setup that I’m now in a much better position to answer. So maybe in the coming weeks I’ll look to do a few little Narration 101 posts.
For now, though, I hope this is of interest. If you do give it a watch and have any questions, hit me up in the comments! Hopefully it won’t be too long before All The King’s Traitors releases on Audible!