It's been no real secret, my publisher and I have not seen eye to eye for a while, however, she did provide an interesting tidbit in her last email...all rights to audio books are mine. So with that as a kicker, I started searching different places to do this. My first book was set here in the south but I'm not so sure my southern accent would work so well. So I tracked down a company and posted my bio along with what I was looking for and waited...it didn't take long. Their email gave a good impression- everything was spelled properly, formatted well, etc. so I sent them a couple pages from the book...I never realized so many words could be pronounced so wrong.
Coquina- I figured that one would get them, but 'piloted' became "pill-otted", accomplish became "a-come-plish" and the list went on. I sort of felt like I had time traveled back to my teen years and was correcting my step-sister. And this was the best of the lot from this company. So back to the drawing board I went. I asked writers I knew if they had any audio book info- had they done one (or more) and how was it and discovered that was like asking for the codes to the red button in the White House.
Seriously, its a source. Why the secrecy? Finally Barbara Freethy told me who she uses. Now I'm back to square one. Do I want to do this myself? Probably not. I'm still fighting breathing issues and I live with a noisy menagerie. Do I want to go back through the process of auditioning someone? I'm not so sure. It almost physically hurt to listen to some of the "talent" they sent me before. And then there's a matter of subject material.
In the first book, there may be a few questionable words, in the trilogy- there is much sex and a bit of violence...but lots of sex. Can the narrator manage it without giggling? Or verbally flinching? The kids book will be no better- I have invented words and things and well, yeah. Once again...why make it easy? So exactly what I am going to do is still up in the air.
The upside of all this is that while I struggled with this- I managed to get Samaria Blair and The Secret in the Abbey up on both kindle and nook. This is under my alter ego- Cici Adams.