Booktrovert Reader Podcast

Narrator Jacci Prior Reveals Secrets of Romantic Fantasy Audiobooks! ๐ŸŽ™๏ธโœจ

February 15, 2024 Charity the Booktrovert Reader Season 3 Episode 50
Booktrovert Reader Podcast
Narrator Jacci Prior Reveals Secrets of Romantic Fantasy Audiobooks! ๐ŸŽ™๏ธโœจ
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๐Ÿ” Dive into the world of audiobook narration with Jacci Prior! ๐ŸŽง Discover her journey from YA to romantic fantasy, talking about spicy scenes, and insights on collaborating with narrators. Plus, the lowdown on AI vs. human narrators! ๐Ÿ“š #Audiobook #NarrationInsights

Watch This Interview on Youtube: HERE

Purchase Audiobooks that Jacci Prior has Narrated:
House in Bain and Blood: https://amzn.to/3SXKOVL
Stars are Dying: https://amzn.to/3OLs1ul
Sky of Thorns: https://amzn.to/49eLpZ3

Check out my other interview with Alexis Menard, author of House of Bane and Blood
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"I think it is this beautiful, magical combination of the right narrator and a fantastic story. And when those two come together, it's just pure magic." ~Jacci Prior

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Jacci Prior: 'Narrating spicy scenes requires finesse and respect for the story. It's an art in balancing passion with professionalism.' ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ๐Ÿ“– #AudiobookNarration #RomanticFantasy

๐ŸŒŸ Ever wondered about duet narration? Jacci spills the beans on how it elevates character voices and enhances the audiobook experience! ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽค

๐ŸŽงCurious about the world behind audiobook narration? Don't miss this eye-opening interview with Jacci Prior! Hit play for industry insights, challenges, and the passion that fuels every narration. ๐ŸŽงโœจ #ListenNow

๐Ÿ“šโœจ Join Jacci Prior as she unveils the process of narrating a standalone fantasy book - from the excitement to the challenges. Gain a firsthand look at the art of bringing stories to life! ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ #AudiobookProcess

๐ŸŒŸ Narrator Jacci Prior opens up about facing chronic illness in the narration world. Discover how she navigates challenges while bringing passion to every project. ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’ช #NarratorJourney

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Charity (00:00.334)
Hello, readers. I'm Charity, the host of Booktorovert Reader podcast and I'm with another exciting interview today with the Booktrovert Reader community. I've been following Jacci Prior I have been fascinated with audiobook narrators and I've been coming across Jackie Pryor on TikTok. I love the fact that she has been narrating mainly fantasy romance and I decided to invite her on onto my podcast to talk about her.

the process of narrating and all the fun stuff that I'm just very, very curious about. She even narrated titles such as House in Bain and Blood and Stars are Dying and The Sky of Thorns.

Charity (00:43.63)
Hello readers, my name is Charity, the host of the Booktrovert Reader podcast. I'm introverted, but willing to talk about fantasy books. On this podcast, I'll do book reviews, author interviews, and fantasy book discussions. Come join me every week as I explore new realms and talk to amazing people. Jacci, definitely introduce yourself and tell me more about you. Sure. Hi, my name is Jacci. Although a lot of people who've been following me for a while know that I used to record under a different name and...

So I know there's been confusion there. So I have titles under the name Jacci Pryor as well. Jacci is my legal first name. And at the end of this last year, I made the decision to make that switch. So that's all I'll say about that. Anyway, I started narrating about two and a half years ago. I originally started out narrating young adult titles under a different pseudonym. And then about a year and a half into my career,

I started gravitating towards books that I enjoyed reading as a reader, which is of course, Romanticie and darker Romanticie. And so I've been just loving that I've, I feel like as I've connected more with those authors, just organically as a reader and as a fan of their books and have really started getting more projects in that realm. And I couldn't be happier because it's definitely where I want to be in the audio book world.

So I was new to spicier books when I became an audiobook narrator. I still love young adults, everything. Anyways, that was just a side of the book world that I hadn't had as much exposure to. As I got more involved on Book Talk and Bookstagram, I started seeing these titles and they just, I was very intrigued by them and started reading more in my own time. And...

started going after those projects. But I knew early on, I wanted to, even though I'm pretty public about my separation in pseudonyms for YA projects versus new adult and adult fantasy, I wanted to have that distinction on audible catalog and things like that, because I am a mom, my daughter's in middle school, and she doesn't need to be embarrassed by that quite yet. Okay, because sometimes as a reader,

Charity (03:09.454)
Especially when you're starting to get into the spicy stuff of fantasy. It's a little awkward. How did you transition to from YA to romantasy concerning the spicy scenes and being able to narrate and talk about that? Just really gradually. I worked on some projects that would be half a chili pepper or one chili pepper. That's an acceptable rating. I think for your listeners, they'll get it. And I...

My comfort level just grew with it as I think as a person, I grew more comfortable with it. And I think that books helped me with that. You had a, I don't want to get too far into it, but I had a really conservative upbringing. And so just being more comfortable with spice in general and recognizing, Hey, it's not dirty. It's not something that's taboo to talk about. The book community really creates a space for that for people to.

be more open and honest about the human experience. And so I definitely feel like I experienced that as a reader and narrator on that journey. Have you ever in like, especially since you do dark fantasy romances, have you ever cut a limit where you're like, oh, that's a little much? Only I've only turned down one project for that. I won't name the project, but the limit I hit, it was just.

It was like, and it was very important to the characters backstory. I just, when you narrate a character, even a minor character, when you're creating their voices and you're putting yourself in that head space, there was a very brief scene of an incestual relationship between a child and his mother. And I, it was not, it was tastefully done.

And again, so important because it was this origin story for this horrible villain. And I completely understand the author's choices. It just, it was this such a dark place. I didn't want to go there as a performer. So I, with all the love and respect for that author, declined. And she found another amazing female narrator to co -narrate that book. And.

Charity (05:33.71)
very happy for her, her career is doing great. So with that set, like you said about creating for the characters, how do you prepare for multiple narrations of characters? Because sometimes you have multiple POVs or male, female voices, even children. How do you prepare for that? So one of the questions I always get asked is, do I read the book ahead of time? And the answer is always yes. And that's...

the number one thing you can do. And then as I'm going through and I'm prepping my manuscript, each character gets assigned, I choose a color and then consistently throughout the manuscript, they get that same color all throughout. And maybe it sounds silly, but I choose a color for them that means, that feels like them. And just to set the tone when I'm doing my pre -read and getting to know them. And then when I'm in the booth,

I don't do this for every book, but for authors who want to pre -approve voices before we start recording, I'll go through and I'll choose a search of each character's dialogue and basically propose a voice to the author. And then the author gets to say yes or no. And we might go back to the drawing board with some, and some authors will send me YouTube video clips or say, oh, to me, this character feels like.

this character from this movie or TV show. And so I try to combine my experience with the character from reading, from reading about them or reading through their eyes with the author's intention for them and hope that it comes out okay. As far as me as a performer, when I'm making those initial decisions, some of the best advice I ever got just about acting in general, but voice acting is,

You need to find where you and the character intersect and you need to understand where you and the character are different. And I guess just focus on those things. And then just like authors, when they're writing a character, you need to think about what is this character's motivation. A narrator needs to do the same thing. Think about what is their motivation. I will ask authors for spoilers.

Charity (07:57.294)
They're usually not just me wanting to know. They are usually relevant to how I'll voice a character or I'll need to know if a character that's a minor character say in book one, but they get a bigger role in book two. I'll need to know that as I'm choosing their voice, make sure I choose something that's sustainable when they start talking more. Maybe I'm rambling a little bit, but. Oh, that's fine. It sounds like a lot, but I feel like it, it all happens very.

Organically, just as I'm prepping the manuscript. I'm very much that reader that now that I have Instagram, I get to send messages to the author as well. I'm reading. I'm, I don't know. It's just like my childhood dream come true. Oh, I just finished this book and I can actually tell the author how much I loved it. It's beyond cool. I'd like that because the way you said it's happened organically or you need to ask for.

The worst thing ever is spoilers, to get a good sense of your character. And I love how you said the longevity of the character, because you don't know if that side character would become the major role, like you said. And I think that's a good way to prepare for these characters and give them life instead of just like narrating. Which brings me into a very good hot topic is the Amazon AI narrating. And the thing about AI is that they don't have.

that same level of commitment, obviously, they don't have that, oh, let me, let me organically try to find out who these people are. They just blah, blah, blah, blah. So tell me about, about that, your experience so far with that coming into play now. So I, uh, there are some narrators on TikTok who've done a really good job of shining a light on that. And that's not as much how I use my platform, although I try to share.

My personal experience with it, just chatting with authors, I've had very few authors tell me that it's something they would ever consider. I think what makes it attractive to some authors, I've heard through the grapevine that there are a lot of people interested in it and the reasons they are are for it's less expensive, their audiobook gets done quicker, they don't have to wait for

Charity (10:21.07)
the narrator they want for their schedule to open up and they have control over production for the most part. They're not going to have as much of a proofing process. It's a quicker start to finish process overall. And so I do understand that and especially when you combine that with the price point, I get it. That being said, I have a really hard time believing that those audiobooks will.

sell very well and even though they're less expensive, I don't know if those authors will ever make what they spent back. But I guess I'm not too afraid of it right now. And I would have to say that a lot of that, I guess, optimistic perspective comes from being really active on social media in the author communities and in the reader communities. And I feel like it's not what...

readers or authors really want if they were to choose one over the other. I think that readers, especially audiobook listeners, appreciate the performance that feels connected to the characters and to the story. And I think that there's even, it's even fair to say that a lot of audiobook listeners have favorite narrators and there's a fan base for

audiobook narrators, especially some of these really gigantic names. I don't know, but I think that human connection, I'm not the most articulate person, seriously. There's some people who've done this so well. It's not human. It's not going to care about your story. It's not going to cry when a beloved character dies. It's not going to communicate that glow up when a character steps into their power and takes their moment.

It's not going to communicate a love story and the passion between two characters because it's never experienced any of those things. And I think I know for myself, I put a lot of my own history into the characters that I connect with and AI just will never be able to do that. I don't know, human voices only. I think AI has applications that are helpful and useful.

Charity (12:41.614)
It's just not for storytelling. I agree. And it's just, it is a little concerning that it's replacing quite a bit of humans per se. It can, it does have its uses, helpfulness. I won't lie that I sometimes use it, but I think there is a point where I'm like, oh, you need to draw the line a little bit. I know it's regardless, people are going to choose it, but I guess we'll see. I think ultimately in Amazon.

And I think Apple Books has done it too, but they saw the audiobook industry is one of the fastest growing of industries of the public, of the overall publishing industry. And there's a lot of money to be made there. And they saw that and authors who have their books narrated by AI can't even own the rights to their audio books because it's AI generated content. So they, they'll forever be sharing that with Amazon.

They can't give out free copies of their books. They can just give out promo codes for their books, but they don't have that ownership over their story. So. Oh, I did not know that. So you get it faster, but you lose the rights to it. Exactly. I think that's true across other platforms as well. Someone who has art generated just because they typed in the key words to have art generated.

that doesn't make them the owner of that art. It's scary, but I think that the book community is more vibrant than ever and that they're passionate about human storytellers, both authors and narrators, because I saw a few months ago, I saw this award, someone, I feel like it was, I don't want to get it wrong, but there was a literary contest, not in the United States, where an AI generated story was entered.

and it wasn't disclosed and they won. Yes, it was like a sci -fi story about AI. And it came out later that it was AI generated and they were disqualified. But it's not just narrators and artists, it's authors. So to me, I feel like why would you pay into a program that's aiming to replace you as well? I know that's a concern for writers is AI generated books.

Charity (15:07.712)
big name author were to create an AI generated book and people didn't know and they were to just start cranking out books at a rapid pace like that. I don't know, there's ramifications that are bad for lack of a better way of putting it. Fun stuff. Fun stuff. So I've been following you for some time and I know a challenge for you could be

your health because you are, uh, you shared with the community about your autoimmune disorder and things like that. And does that interfere with your work question? So it depends. So I have good days and I have bad days. I would say in general, my autoimmune disorder, the biggest way it impacts my ability to work is just with fatigue because I don't want to narrate.

while I'm feeling really tired, because that will absolutely come through in the audio. Right. I would have to say, on other hand, you know, main symptoms are joint pain, hair loss. I'm actually wearing a hair topper right now because I have really significant hair loss at the moment. Those things get in the way of me sitting in a comfortable chair and speaking into a microphone. So, audiobook narration has given me the opportunity to.

almost full time doing something I love. Even if my whole body is physically incapacitated, I can still always speak. And the only things that ever come up depending on the day would be if I'm having like some cognitive issues, but that's fairly rare. I'm just too tired to do a good job. The most part no only side thing is because my immune system is weakened right now while I'm in treatment.

I catch all these colds and that more than anything, but, um, you know, things I do, like I use breathe right strips to open up my nasal passageways, um, in the booth, I can get work done. Tea, lots of water, showers, just anything I can do to make sure I don't sound congested in the microphone. But as long as I'm not congested, I'm good to go. How do you prepare?

Charity (17:29.23)
going into each recording. Do you have like a system to warm up your voice? Tell me about how you do that. My warm up routine is one of the is lacking. I'm pretty busy and I'm, you know, I'm always running from point A to point B and I'm using my voice really regularly throughout the day. So for me, it's more like coming into the booth is like the stolen moments where I'm like, oh yes, I finally get to be here.

And it's almost like self care. You know, I'm in, I have my big cup of hot tea, you know, at, at most I'll sit there for a moment and I might do some humming from my lower register to my higher register. Make sure that I'm, uh, when I'm narrating, I'm using just like a singer, you want to sing from your abdomen, not from up here. Unless it's for a specific character, you want to make sure that that's what's being engaged is your diaphragm.

And so I will do, I'll sit there and I'll hum and I'll drink my tea. And honestly, then I'll jump right in after doing that for a little bit. Not going from not using my voice at all to suddenly using it. I've been running around and then this here in the booth is my, is my moment to do what I'm excited to sit down and do. And it's, I don't know. That's not the correct answer if you ask any other audio book narrator, but that's, that's what it's.

honest for me right now. Well, it's, there's no wrong answer. So, no, there, there is, you're supposed to do vocal warmups and, you know, get like the straws and do like these like activities. The truth is I don't, I don't do that. And I, I probably should. I'm not right now. I just, I do the humming and I have the tea and it's just, I go in and I make sure I'm relaxed and hit the ground running. So, cause I don't know.

Do you avoid roller coasters? Exciting rides so you don't overuse your voice on accident? Avoid those things but not because I'm trying to. Because it's not fun! It's not fun for me. I'm a total chicken. I am not a thrill seeker. Anyway, shape or form. But no, it is something to like.

Charity (19:52.462)
You never go to a concert. I'm not going to scream at the top of my lungs. So that's maybe a better example. I love music. Or cheer for my daughter too loudly when she's on a sports team or so those things do get taken into account. Yeah. Got about concerts. Yeah. Yeah, back. Concerts are back. Thank goodness. Okay. Do you have any specific fantasy book or series that you like to narrate that stand out to you the most?

that I have narrated or that I would like to? The question is that you have done. The answer is yes. I don't like to publicly talk about any favorites because something that I've really developed with my own personal business and branding is I'm very much about helping to promote the authors that I work with. I'm able to do that more with certain projects just based on what's going on in my personal life, but...

When I have an audiobook released, there's always going to be a post about it on multiple platforms and I will, if I'm allowed, always will share snippets during the process unless it's for a company or a publisher. To me, that's a really big part of what I try to do for authors. I don't like to, I don't like to talk about favorites in general. We'll say a couple of standout characters have gotten to work on that have been pretty cool. So far I've only done one character.

that also deals with chronic illness. That was cool. It's four of Shadow and Moonlight by Luna Laurier, which we're actually re -recording that audiobook this spring. Lost R, the male narrator on the project needed to step away because of figures that had come up that weren't triggers for him at the beginning of the series. So we're going to be re -recording, hopefully. Big starter goes well with Anthony Palmini, who is the voice of Resand.

male love interest for that book was neat seeing a character and getting to do a couple of doctor's office scenes and checkups and just things that were familiar to me and some thoughts that went through that have gone through my head. I would really love to do more books with characters that have chronic health issues, but just seeing that be consistent and not get lost from the story because sometimes that happens where it's introduced, but then.

Charity (22:18.51)
She still goes on to save the world and you never think about her joints ever again. I love that it wasn't lost in the shuffle a fourth time. That was very cool. So kind of you mentioned earlier was working with other narrators. Is there, and you're having to record it, re -record it. Do you guys record at the same time or how does that work when you're recording with somebody else? Typically no.

I, every once in a while, actually something I've only done once, we would get together for chapters where there was a lot of back and forth. And I would have my recording software open on my computer and we'd be on Discord. And then he did the same thing. And so we did it just so that we could respond to each other better. When you're recording separately, the way it works is say it's a chapter from the female point of view, then the male.

The male narrator is just going to sit there in his booth on his own and record each individual line, give it a couple seconds of space, next line. And it takes a little bit more effort to be really connected as you're just recording dialogue, not in the context of the story. In the past, when we've collaborated on Discord, it's been so that whoever's doing the dialogue,

can feel connected to the story and respond to how I voice something or help me respond to how he would voice something so that it feels more natural in the listening experience. But I've only done that one time. It can be pretty tricky to coordinate. I feel like I work with a lot of authors and male narrators who are on the East Coast. And so just that time difference can cause issues.

finding a time that works for everyone. So alternative to that is we share a workspace. We'll upload our audio to Dropbox. So we can go in and listen to what the other person has done, kind of feel for the tone of that chapter, then just hope for the best. I feel like the more I work with Dial Narrator and them for me, vice versa.

Charity (24:43.246)
We get a feel for how each other narrates different characters and get more familiar with each other's. And so it becomes less necessary the more we've worked together. I was kind of wondered how that happens when there's another dare reader in the process. It sounds like it, you know, a little bit of coordinating in it. Yeah.

What are some specific fantasies, some genres or themes that you particularly enjoy narrating? Okay, so you mentioned Alexis's book earlier, House of Vein and Blood. I didn't realize how much I loved the Marriage of Convenience until I narrated that book. And when I read her book, I was like, wow, I need more things like this. Her book got me excited about that trope in a way I hadn't been before because it was just done so well.

Again, I hadn't, I don't think I had narrated anything with that trope and her book got me excited about it. Also, I'm a big fan of trials. So you mentioned in Yranda's book, the stars are dying and there are trials in that book. Miranda Lynn's book, The Unmarked Witch has trials and there's something about the way having a series of trials progresses the storyline that I just, it just makes you root for the character. So I like.

I like seeing that. Of course, I like enemies to lovers and morally love interest as much as the next bookish person.

Charity (26:19.126)
There's a moment where, you know, you came. I like that. Yeah, so those are a few. Do you have one that you specifically you're like, this is my least favorite. I could, I could do it, but let me say for it.

Yes, but I won't say. Okay. Okay. How do you strike a balance between keeping the listeners engaged and maintaining the author's original tent in the fantasy story? I think I am engaged when I'm telling the story and that's just something I can physically feel. When you're reading out loud, you can feel the difference between being an autopilot and just reading the words on the page.

and being invested. And for me, when I'm marking up my manuscript, because I use my iPad and I have this amazing app called iAnnotate where I can write all over the PDF, I try to circle words as I'm reading where I'm like, that is something I want to lean into, whether it's the overall feeling of the sentence or the page or whatever. And I try to...

As I'm reading as a reader and I'm like feeling myself getting into the story, I try to look for those moments when I'm prepping. Um, so then when I'm in the booth, I have that reminder, although I almost don't even need it because when I'm doing that read through and I have my fully prepped manuscript, I feel like it's then that I'm reading out loud that I get to enjoy the story as a reader. When I was less dizzy, I used to do a pre -read of the story.

where I wouldn't mark up the manuscript at all. I would just do my reader read. And then I would mark up the manuscript and then I would narrate it. And now I don't have time for that reader's read. So my time in the booth has become that time where I don't have to sit and think about the character voices because they've already been picked. I don't have to mark up my script. I just get to be there and enjoy it as a reader. And I love reading out loud. I think, yeah, I'm engaged. I hope that that translates.

Charity (28:34.126)
But again, there, there are things you can do. I think having a variety of character voices, making sure that the characters don't sound too similar so that the listener doesn't get confused about who's speaking. Um, that helps making sure that the way I'm reading a sentence matches the way it's being described. So that doesn't take the listener out of the story. Like people tell me when they talk to me in person or.

Um, the times I've met people in person is I'm a pretty upbeat person. I'm pretty optimistic and I narrate some really dark stuff. It feels like a massive contradiction and maybe it is, but I just like exploring those themes. It's very unfriendly. So I am assuming that if an author reaches out to you, say, Hey, I would like you to narrate my book. You, you do request the book and you kind of decide from there if you would like to proceed after you read it. Am I correct?

No, I don't read the book before I accept it. Okay, we'll Go and I'll look up the book I'll look up their social media pages if I don't already follow them go and Check out what people are saying on Goodreads with a grain of salt because I know that people can be brutal over there I'll check out Amazon reviews and just because occasionally if there is something that is problematic with a book, that's something I want to avoid and

If I look on Goodreads, if there is anything potentially problematic, it's going to be loud and clear over there. I'll do that. And if everything's looking good, the next step when an author reaches out is I'll say, Hey, yeah, yeah, I'm definitely interested. I'll ask them if they would like to send me a scene to record for them as an audition. And so then they'll pick a scene and I'll record it and send it to them and we'll go from there. But.

do judge books by their covers. I like having a catalog with, you know, I'm on pretty book covers to be associated with my name. And then, yeah, I'll get a feel for the book. Authors are usually great about sharing upfront any content or trigger warnings. If they don't, I'll ask. And I'll narrate most anything. So for me, that's usually all I need.

Charity (30:57.326)
In your opinion, what makes a very compelling fantasy audiobook listening experience? I need to like the voice of the narrator. So, it's a combination of things. I think that a good narrator can take an okay story and enhance it. I feel like technically a narrator can do things with their inflection and their pacing.

to keep the listener engaged, but I don't know what it is that makes a book draw you in and make you addicted to it. I just know that I love it when it happens to me. I don't know. I just like being swept away and that moment where you don't want to do anything else and you keep cleaning your house or you drive an extra lap around the block so that you keep going, but.

I think it's just this beautiful magical combination of the right narrator and a fantastic story. And when those two come together, it's just, it is pure magic. And so I don't know all the right ingredients, but it's magical when it happens. It definitely, your personality goes right into the audio narration and that's so important. And just to wrap up the interview, tell our listeners.

where to find you some new projects that you mentioned to me that you wanted to announce. Sure. So I am on TikTok and Instagram. I think my handle is Jackie, J -A -C -C -I, prior narrator. Nice and boring, easy to find. And the best place to stay up to date about what I'm working on is just to peek at my website.

Because with the, with I have titles transitioning from old names to new names, the most comprehensive place to see what I've worked on is at my website. So for new adults and adult titles, that is JackiePryor .com. If you are interested in adult books and kind of just more of a variety of other genres, that would be, I switched to Jacqueline James, J -A -C -C -L -Y -N James .com.

Charity (33:18.286)
So those are two places where you can view my work, reach out to me. So I don't have a newsletter because I don't have the time for that. I'm usually pretty good at responding to emails and things like that. I, I lurk a lot in the Instagram DMs of authors and things. So that's a good way to connect. I do. I, I'm not kidding. I, I am a hundred percent that reader where I'm like, no, you killed them or.

So, uh - When are you going to get your second book out? Thank you very much. We're all, you know, message on my - By the way, I cried. So the project I got permission to announce literally five minutes before this. And again, it's not too big of a surprise, but I am the official female narrator for Till Death by Miranda Lynn. I just put it on my website, because she let me do the voiceover for her book trailer.

And I have a hundred pages left to read before I'm done with it and can start working on it. It is going to be duet narration. I don't have permission to announce the male narrator. All I can say is everyone is going to be very happy with him. And it's a project I'm ridiculously excited for. It's so cool. It's a standalone fantasy book, big book.

I think it's like 600 plus pages. It's going to be one you can sink your teeth into and just like, I think be addicted to it. So very excited for that one. And I know we're supposed to wrap it up, but I have that one last question. I promise you. No, so yeah, I was just thinking about this, you know, because a 600 page book, I've come across those, those can be like 15 hours after the final product.

How long will it take for you to narrate? And do you do your own editing when it comes to that kinds of stuff? I occasionally, um, I'll edit audio books. Okay. So let us do the math. Okay. Um, so let's say 600 pages. I believe it's around 180 ,000 words. I narrate about 9 ,000 words per hour. So her audio book will probably be around 20 hours long.

Charity (35:43.95)
Oh wow, okay. A 20 hours long finished product. Let's say it takes me two hours to record one hour. So that's 40 hour or that's 80 hours right there.

And then of course there's the reading it shoot. Anyways, it's a lot of hours. Math is not my thing. But in general, it takes me about an hour, two hours to record one hour. That's my ratio. Okay. Okay. So at least this one, I love duet narration. I only have to voice the female or femme characters and then narrate the story. I.

feel like pretty good at male voices, but it's always nice when I'm doing duet and then I don't have to worry about coming up with half the voices for the story. I enjoy that. Um, it also lets me use more parts of my vocal register for female characters when normally I would have to reserve those for men, but I don't know. That's again, rambling. Here's my comfort drink.

Well, I think it's a good insight of what you do and the, I wouldn't say blood, sweat and tears. I wouldn't say that, but just the passion that goes into narrating books that a lot of people don't get to see very often. They enjoy the final product, but they don't see the effort that goes into producing it. So, so I'm hoping with this episode, people are going to get to see that it's not just talking into a microphone. It's a lot of work.

and a lot of passion into it. To put all the links below to find Jackie over on TikTok, Instagram, and her website and everything. She definitely followed because she does give a lot more background and some snippets of books that she's doing. So I've been following for a while and I enjoy those. Thank you for joining Jackie and your insight and catch you later <|hu|> <|translate|> years. Bye -bye. <|25.16|>

Charity (37:55.022)
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