This is a milestone for me. I can now cross off, make an audio book off my bucket list. *Happiness!*
I finished the book, and made a real audio book even though I had very little tools at my disposal. Without the big ole fancy recording gear, without a fancy recording room, despite the naysayers on the internet who discourage authors from making their own audio book, with lengthy lists trying to stop any who might dare venture into dangerous self empowering the realm of---what if? Maybe I could...
I did it!
I felt much like David against Goliath, starting out. It seemed impossible. To record 300 pages on your own, in your upstairs bedroom, where the house shakes every time a semi truck rumbles past. Where the trains chug by every fifteen minutes, in your little room above the kitchen where you can hear the doors slam, and pots clatter, and feet thunder up and down the stairs.
It's good I didn't think too long about what I'd gotten myself into when I first started out, or how big Goliath was in the first place, because I might have turn tail and run. At first I wanted all the kings armor, because that's what everybody said you needed to make an audio book. They said it was impossible to do so without it.
I started to believe them.
I just couldn't shake the possibility.
I don't know.
I could try.
But I didn't have any fancy armor. All I had were a few small stones, a crazy amount of determination, my little blue snowball as my microphone, and audacity as my free audio editor, and me my voice and I. And time.
But I ventured forth.
It took three months.
I was in my room for hours---hours!
My voice got raw.
My bum got numb.
My bloodshot eyes fell out.
My room filled up with throat drop wrappers, and about 30 glasses of quart jars from me jugging so much water.
To combat the constant barrage of noise, I created notes, signs, and various pictographs and left them all around the house, taped them to the doors, ceilings, and everywhere! Eventually it caught on around the house that I meant business.
It wasn't instantaneous.
But Goliath fell. HE FELL!
All it took was a blue snowball mic, my voice, belief that it could be done, a lot of prayers, determination and time.
It challenged everything in me. And I believe it's made me a better person, which is what life's really about, growing, and becoming a little better than the day before, and testing your limits.
Without waiting any further. I'm super excited to say that:
On this blog I'm going to reveal, my never before seen trailer.
Bloopers from my audio book.
And you get to listen to the entire first Chapter of my book, absolutely Free. (As seen on the top of this page)
Also, if YOU happen to like this book, or know someone who would, it could make a huge difference if to them, and me if you took an active part helping me spread the message of this book.
If you're interested in what the book is about, here's a little teaser
- IMAGINE A world where Everyone was exactly the Same, including YOU, BECAUSE Same was Safe.
- The Unsame Ones, is a riveting story of an ordinary January whose Same life takes an extraordinary turn, when something different throws her off of her Same track, and propels her into the forbidden realm of Unsame. Where once her life revolved only around the clock, and listening to only its sound, she starts to hear something different, something real, something powerful, and spell-binding that ignites a fierce desire to overcome the pull of Same, to know the truth, and to discover the vibrant power of music, even at the deadly cost of being infected with the Unsame virus, and losing her place in the world of SAME FOREVER.
- The Unsame Ones is a gripping story that will appeal 7th to 12th graders, music enthusiast, kids, and individuals who have trouble fitting into the "in" crowd.
- Listen to the first chapter free, via soundcloud.com/user-983396413-197387075/the-unsame-ones-prologue-first-chapter-free
- Full Audio book version read by the author, in a sharp, riveting recording, available at cdbaby.com/cd/stephanieskeem
- Or amazon.com/gp/product/B01C51VPKK?ie=UTF8&keywords=The+Unsame+Ones&qid=1456366627&ref_=sr_1_1&s=dmusic&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0 ).
Back cover blurb
Okay now for some embarrassing stuff.
This little blooper happened at the very start of the first chapter.
I was recording my audio book when I just couldn't spit out the words, "What else could they have done with it?" I let my mother listen to it, and she laughed so hard she cried. In honor of my audio book coming out, I'd thought I'd share a laugh.
This is the blooper. Enjoy.