Janet Grace Riehl – Do-it-Yourself Audiobook Production

On April 15th, 2010 Irene Watson and Victor R. Volkman interviewed poet, author, and performance artist Janet Grace Riehl about recording, producing, and marketing audiobook versions of eBooks and print publications. Her book Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary, told in story poems, was recently made into an audio book Sightlines: A Family Love Story in Poetry and Music. Twice selected as finalist for Poet Laureate of Lake County, California and a member of Authors Guild, her poems, stories and essays are published in national literary magazines and several anthologies.

Janet broke it all down for us on audiobooks into easy-to-understand steps

  1. Creative;
  2. technical (editing, mastering, disc numbering);
  3. legal (licenses and copyrights);
  4. production;
  5. distribution and marketing; and,
  6. Big Celebration.

Resources mentioned on this podcast

Janet Grace Riehl is an award-winning author, artist, performer, community mentor, and creative collaborator. Her poems, stories, and essays have been widely published in national literary magazines such as “Harvard Review” and the anthologies “Stories to Live By: Wisdom to Help You Make the Most of Every Day” and “Hot Flashes 2″.

Her life moves between the big city in St. Louis in the Central West End to the family home place on the bluffs above the Mississippi River in Southwestern Illinois where she collaborates on creative projects with her 90-something father. Feel free to contact her by email at janet.riehl@gmail.com.

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2 Responses to Janet Grace Riehl – Do-it-Yourself Audiobook Production

  1. Janet Riehl says:

    Dear Victor and Irene,

    Thanks for this stimulating conversation. Audio books that feature either the recording of text can be made rather simply. This project inter-cutting poems with music, banter, and stories was more complex, but rich in the end. Thanks for featuring me and my audio book in this useful podcast interview.

    Janet Riehl

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