Steps Involved When Creating an Audio Book

A person's ability to succeed in both certain and uncertain times requires a high level of resilience and use of appropriate knowledge. In most cases, knowledge comes through reading and listening thus the reason behind various audio and written media release. However, it's the sphere of an audio book release that continues to attract much attention from people who dislike the use of print versions.

An audio book is simply a recorded account of a print book. The rise of audio books can be attributed to the need to make it easier for the blind to access information without using Braille. Over time, the success achieved through adoption of audio books as great alternatives to print editions led to the rise of a career in audio book production.

In order to produce an audio book, you need to have a great speaking voice and concepts that can directly or indirectly be of benefit to the target group. If your content will be based on another person's print media, you must ensure that he or she has approved of the process before making the audio book otherwise use of copyrighted materials may land you in trouble with the law. If the work is solely yours, it's important that you copyright your production to deter other people from reproducing, redistributing and earning proceedings without your consent.

Find a Great Costume for Your Special Event

There is always an occasion in town that calls for theatrical clothing. Whether you're in a stage play, or simply need holiday or festival attire, there are shops that provide a plethora of different costume types for you. It's important to always fit the role of the night. From trick or treating, to Mardi Gras, you will need to have the outfit that is appropriate for the event. Instead of putting together a bunch of cheap materials, visit a shop that specializes in festive getups. With so much material to choose from you are bound to always find what you are looking for.

If you are in a play you will want to be easily identified based on your attire. For instance, if your role to play is a monster, you will want to look exactly like one so that your audience will not be confused. The same goes for any type of role. If your character is an angel or a ghost, you may be tempted to just throw on a white towel or sheet and call it a day. But to keep things professional, you should wear a top notch costume that identifies you in the most amazing way.

Dollars and Sense and A Holiday Club To Boot

It was crunch time as the sound of a hundred and twenty seven children aged from six to twelve years filled the hall with exuberance and excitement. This holiday club had been eagerly anticipated by the children. The leaders had worked extremely hard to make it a memorable occasion. Jungle decorations and artwork filled the stage and surrounding walls.Net like structures hung from the ceiling and housed a rainbow of balloons. The musicians leapt to the stage and the children lustily sang their repertoire of new and favourite songs.

Beaming parents and friends watched from the sidelines as the children answered questions, competed in quizzes or volunteered their assistance. When the winning team was announced the roar was deafening. The question,

"Would they like another club in the next holidays?" received a resounding, "Yes".

So, what made this event so successful? When it comes to children's work, the answer is always the same, planning and organisation. The budget was very limited as, irrespective of their financial situation, the aim was to provide a positive outcome for every child attending at a minimal cost. The organisers were aware that some invited families could not afford to pay even a nominal fee.

Don't Make Writing That Novel a Someday Thing

Not long ago, at the recent O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference in New York City, Bob Young, founder and CEO of Lulu, a web-based personal publishing service, said, "We've seen a huge increase in people who meant to write a book and now are unemployed and are writing the book."

As an agent and novelist, I think this is great. These people are finally able to pursue their writing dreams; something good has come out of something bad.

But I think it's sad, too.

Why is writing a novel so often a "someday" thing? You know, that guy who comes up to you at a party and says he's got a great book in him and will get it down on paper someday. Just doesn't have the time now.

Or that woman who says she's looking forward to starting her novel when she's retired... in approximately fourteen years.

Obviously there's something holding these people back. The message seems to be that if they can't write full-time, they won't write at all.

Bullet-Proof Your Novel

In these challenging economic times, more people are turning to books for entertainment.

"I am optimistic that the downturn in the economy (and cost of gas) isn't negatively affecting book buying--at least for now," says Ellen Edwards, executive editor at New American Library. "In fact, when we asked the question at the NAL Spotlight during the RWA convention, we received a decisive response that readers were buying more books, because they offer a less expensive form of entertainment than many others."

John Scognamiglio, editor-in-chief at Kensington Publishing, concurs. "I do feel that when prices are high, consumers turn to 'cheaper' forms of entertainment, such as books."

Alicia Condon, editorial director at Kensington, goes a step further: "Traditionally, people do look for happy endings and less expensive entertainment during hard times, both trends that favor romance books. My hunch is that readers will be increasingly drawn to fantasy romances, which portray characters confronting many of today's most difficult challenges and triumphing over them."