IWSG: Audiobooks

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The awesome co-hosts for the April 6 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Jemima Pett, Patricia Josephine, Louise – Fundy Blue, and Kim Lajevardi!

April 6 question – Have any of your books been made into audio books? If so, what is the main challenge in producing an audiobook?

I had two short stories that were produced in audio format. Miss Everest Says was published by Tales to Terrify and The Food Truck Witch was featured on the Alone in a Room With Invisible People podcast. (it’s the very first story, but stick around for the rest.)

The thing is… I wasn’t actually involved with the production end of either of those publications. I know it’s a massive undertaking, but I only did one tiny part of the work involved in getting the audio ready for prime time. I wrote it, and then I handed it off to some really talented people.

And then, **presto**!

Okay, so… yeah. I know there were a whole lot of people working madly behind the scenes to make **presto**! happen.

The closest I’ve ever gotten to doing it myself was a little research and expenditure into the world of podcasting. I didn’t ever get around to taking the leap, but I did get a taste of how hard it is to make recordings run smoothly.

April 6–Where I’m At…

I’m still working on revising the thing with the space eunuchs. Revising? Is that the word for it? I just got finished writing a series of scenes that just didn’t exist in the original draft. There are a lot of those in this particular revision. Actually… I feel like I wrote about half a novel, and now I’m writing the other half.

I’m digging into a new first draft, too. I’ll just keep that one a secret for now.

The 52 Week Challenge continues with me revising some of the short stories I’ve already written, but not polished. You mean these things have to have a beginning, middle, AND end?!! Writing is hard.


  1. Reply

    Unless you’re super talented in producing an audio book, it sounds like it’s better to leave the work of making an audio book to others like you did.

  2. Reply

    Oh, I feel for you. Editing/revising… a chore mixed with those magical moments where suddenly the idea works!
    How did you feel about the sound of your story? Did you like the voices involved?

  3. Loni Townsend


    That’s cool you’ve got audio formats of your stories! Good luck with all your revising/new writing. Don’t you just hate it when you’re forced to include all the parts of the story to make it work? *sigh*

    • Reply

      And I also hate the fact that I have to cut all the parts that are completely irrelevant! **Grumble**

  4. Reply

    Writing the book is really only half the story/job. Revising and editing takes at least as long (personally I find it takes even longer). So kudos to you and keep up the great work!

    • Reply

      Longer is my experience, as well. I’m always looking for that cleaner draft, though. Happy IWSG day.

  5. Diane Burton


    Revising is important but what a pain. It means killing off your darlings. LOL And cutting scenes that slow down the story. I know it’s important but I’d rather be writing. Good luck.

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