Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Feeling Pretty Proud of Myself

I've been getting back a chapter at a time of the upcoming audio book for COOKIE THERAPY. Listening to it has been like reading it all over again.

During the writing process, reading the same story every day, editing what you've written, anticipating where the story is going and then doing the final proofing and editing can be very wearing. When it's all said and done, I'll have read the same book MANY times and it stops being a story and becomes a "project" that needs to be finished. When that final proof/edit is completed and I send my baby out into the world, I rarely go back to re-read, unless I'm looking for something in particular. Upwards of ten times is plenty, thank you.
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Now I'm reading along with the narrator to make sure she hasn't missed something or that she hasn't read something incorrectly (nice to know that doesn't just happen in print!), and I'm discovering that I still love the story. After every chapter, I have a moment of, "Did I write that? That's pretty good!" I suppose this falls into the category or writing a book you'd like to read. I'd definitely buy this book! 😁 I'm feeling pretty darn proud of myself.

The audio book is contracted to be completed by September, but if my narrator keeps at it the way she has been, it could be sooner. I'm pretty excited, more than I thought I would be considering how long it took me to dive into this new-to-me medium.

I hope you'll all love it as much as I do! Can't wait to share it with you.


  1. I've been putting my books out in audio since a writer friend insisted I take advantage of the format. It was listening to my narrator read my first audiobook that drove home the point that I had to do a listening round--not just read it out loud myself because the brain sees what it expects, and yes, you DO know the story too well. I found little glitches in MY writing that I caught by listening to the narrator. In a couple of cases, I re-uploaded the book with corrections. Thanks to my narrator, I got rid of a rather embarrassing typo.

    1. I do listening rounds when I do my final proofs, also. Coming back to hear the story more than a year after it was written is like reconnecting with an old friend.