The free conference our Northwest Arkansas Workshop writers held Saturday was a blast. I enjoy meeting new people, seeing those I already know and getting up front and sharing writerly advice. Oh, I know writerly isn’t a word, it’s underlined every time I use it, but it’s such a good descriptive word. Let’s get it put in the dictionary sometime soon.
For a good rundown of the conference offerings, you can check out Stacy Troilo’s blog. She did a great job of describing the presentations. I only chose to mention it because it will explain to some of you who wondered why I didn’t answer emails Saturday or Sunday. Sunday was because I was recovering from the exciting previous day. Emails piled up and finally today I’m taking care of them, along with writing this blog.
In one of my emails, I found this little gem I want to pass on to my readers. You’ll get a chuckle out of it, especially those of you who read or write romance novels. I consider my novels first western historical, then romance, but of late I’ve drifted more into the romance than in previous novels.
Listening to my books read is another sensation I hadn’t expected. I’m thrown back to the days of radio, when we all sat around the set and listened to stories like The Green Lantern, The Lone Ranger, Inner Sanctum and the soaps. Ah, yes. I can remember the few times I was sick and stayed home from school, I was allowed to listen to the soaps along with my mother. She tended toward Stella Dallas and I well remember those.
If you’re not old enough to remember radio before it became nothing but music and people talking to hear their heads rattle, then you missed a wonderful era. Audio books put the stories back in the hands of story tellers. I have a western reader for mine. I chose him for that reason. He knows how to drop the gs from the ing words so well, you can’t help but be transported into the world of the Old West. I can’t wait for him to finish so I can release the book. Writers interested in putting their books on audio should check out ACX where you can get help starting the process. Readers, give audio a chance and check out Audible.
My friend Elaine Raco Chase already has some of her sexy-hot books out in audio and they are fantastic. Use this link or I have a link to her blog post on my Facebook page, so check it out if you get a chance. Elaine shares so much with other writers, including myself, and she also conducts a radio show every Thursday night. That link is on her post too. Check that out. Author’s Corner features many writers from all genres discussing all manner of subjects related to writing.
So, I’ve covered all the subjects in the title. Hope you enjoy all the links.
Thanks for the shout out, Velda. And you’re so right about choosing the right voice for audio books. It’s great that you got one you like. The wrong sound can just kill the whole mood of the novel.
Yeah, what worries me now is that I’ll like it and others may not, but who can know about stuff like that. Thanks for commenting on the post.