BOOK REVIEW: Make Your Own Break: How to Record & Publish Your Audiobook In Seven Simple Steps


Make Your Own Break: How to Record & Publish Your Audiobook In Seven Simple Steps by Jennifer Lieberman

‘Today many people are “reading” more than ever thanks to audiobooks’

Canadian author Jennifer Lieberman earned her degree in Philosophy from York University, Toronto, Canada and in addition to writing she is an actress, appearing in stage productions in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Europe and Australia, a film producer, screenwriter and playwright. She has gained a large audience for her solo show – “Year of the Slut” – and her books YEAR OF THE WHAT?, MAKE YOUR OWN BREAK – HOW TO MASTER YOUR VIRTUAL MEETINGS, and this book HOW TO RECORD AND PUBLISH YOUR AUDIO BOOK. Jennifer appears on a YouTube vlog ‘I Never Thought I Would…” interviewing authors about pushing boundaries.

Writing in a format that directly addresses the reader (aka writer!), Jennifer address each stage of creating an audiobook, that ever more popular form of ‘reading’ a book while walking or running or while driving! “Wow! You finished your book. That’s really an incredible accomplishment. Most people have ‘writing a book’ on their bucket list, but you are one of the rare few that actually did it, that’s why you’re here. That’s definitely worth a celebration in itself…I don’t know about you, but when I first published my novel the most annoying question people would ask, before they even asked what the book was about, was “is there an audiobook?” Jennifer takes that opportunity to describe exactly – and accurately – to transform a manuscript into an audiobook.

The quite easy steps presented are Yes, you can! (see above), Get your voice in shape, (breathing, articulation, resonance, tongue twister exercises), Set up to win, Smile- you’re not on camera but you’re still recording, Crowd control your characters, Editing and Exploring, and The finish line. Or as she states, “It’s going to take time and patience. Recording your book, reading your entire book aloud for the purpose of recording is a marathon. That’s why it’s important to prepare yourself and create a realistic schedule depending on the length of your book.’ Every detail of the process of creating an audiobook is offered – including equipment needed such as microphone, pop screen, external hard drive, recording software – and the various steps and techniques to master.

This is a true ‘how to’ manual for creating an audiobook – well worth the investment!

Grady Harp Review