Childrens picture eBooks really come alive — and become more educational — when audio is added to the design. Unlike a standard eBook that provides only a visual experience, an audio-enhanced eBook gives the child the ability to easily follow along while being read to, without requiring an adult to take time out to read at the drop of a hat. As the words are spoken, the text can be visually highlighted on the page to support early readers.
Sound effects are also a delightful way to further engage the audience with an audio-enhanced eBook, and make it more interesting and interactive. Imagine an illustration of a storm. We hear the rain and distant rumblings under the words — tap the lightning in the picture and the crack of thunder sounds. Or imagine a scene in a garden, and we hear the buzzing of bees and rustle of the leaves — tap the bird and she sings.
To handle the creation of the soundtrack for an audio-enhanced eBook, we recommend Pro Audio Voices.
By providing professional voiceover and related sound services (including recording, editing, mixing, and mastering sound files) that uplift, transport and inspire audiences, Pro Audio Voices is a thriving hub for voiceover production serving the animation and publishing industries, especially those targeting young audiences. Pro Audio Voices provides an accessible path for self-published authors to enter into and thrive in audio book and audio enhanced eBook distribution. Pro Audio Voices can also provide voiceover in any language.
With over 32 years experience in the industry, Becky Parker Geist, owner and founder of Pro Audio Voices, began her career as a narrator for Talking Books for the Blind, quickly becoming one of the most-requested narrators. Since relocating to California, Becky established her own studio, and works with publishers and self-produced authors. She serves as President of Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, and is herself a writer and published author.
Becky believes that great stories can lift us up and carry us away, no matter how challenging life can get. Voice conveys the feelings behind the words, and a talented actor can transport and uplift a listening audience. She has a deep passion for acting, voiceover, and creating fun and engaging sound tracks with sound effects and music. She has a fast-growing clientele of publishers and authors who recognize the value of hiring an experienced professional with a strong acting background and the talent to bring their projects to completion through a joyful, collaborative process.
Pro Audio Voices proudly partners with eBook Architects and is also committed to creating the best reader experiences by having high quality standards throughout the audio creation process: narration, editing, mastering, and sound effects (created or found) that are perfectly balanced and mixed.
The prices listed below will provide you with a basic idea of what your sound track for your audio enhanced eBook project will cost, but since each project is so unique, especially regarding sound effects, it is best to request a quote. (Please note that these prices only reflect the creation of the audio content, not the implementation of that audio in your eBook file.)
These rates are based on a “per finished minute” (PFM) calculation, which means that when the project is done, the final time of the finished audio determines the final cost, rounded up to the nearest full minute. The minimum rate includes: buy-out (ownership) of the audio; the studio time to record and edit the audio, using professional equipment and software; minor revisions; audio delivery.
|Narration only: 0-5 minutes (minimum)||$350|
|Additional PFM* (narration only)||$20|
|Narration + sound effects and/or music: 0-5 min. (minimum)||$450|
|Additional PFM with sound effects/music||$40 – $35|
|* per finished minute|
Pro Audio voices also offers Royalty Share agreements of negotiable percentage rates, to qualified clients, to reduce your upfront cost, in exchange for sharing profits from the sale of the audio enhanced eBook.
Not sure how to figure out what cost you’d be looking at? The most accurate way is to allow the Pro Audio Voices to give you a quote. Second best way is to read your book aloud to estimate the length of the audio. If you imagine a lot of sound effects and/or music, assume you’ll be at the high end of the “additional PFM” range; if you imagine it light on sound effects, probably the lower end of the range.
One thing you can count on with Pro Audio Voices and eBook Architects partnering on your book: you’ll LOVE the finished product, and so will your audience.
Becky at Pro Audio Voices
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