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Monday, March 18 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Introduction to Audiobook Production for #eprdctn People

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#eprdctn people get a reputation for being tech-savvy – and rightfully so! But as print people lump all digital products together, ebook developers asked to make audiobooks may have no idea where to start. And that’s where we were three years ago! Through research, trial and error, and tests with distributors, we created a process of turning raw audio into finished audiobooks that worked for us. This workshop includes hands-on training in assembling audiobooks from sample audio, QAing tablemates’ audio, and understanding required metadata. We’ll also touch on why your press should consider creating audiobooks, choosing the right books for your market, and collaborating with audio houses. We hope that by sharing our experience, we can encourage others, especially small presses, to dive into the audiobook market with confidence.

[BYOL] Attendees of this workshop will need to bring their own laptops, headphones/earbuds, and have downloaded these free tools in advance:
  1. Audacity 2.3.1: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/
  2. LAME MP3 encoder (Audacity plug-in): manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq_installation_and_plug_ins.html#lame 
  3. PDF reader software
Working files are attached to this session (scroll down).

Competing in So You Think You Can Code? All workshop attendees are eligible! Paying attention in this particular workshop could help you take your submission to the next level through the addition of an audio component to your EPUB. One workshop attendee will win a grand prize that includes $2,500 from Rakuten Kobo. Find out more about the competition and how to participate here.

Speakers
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Kate Schefer

Digital Product Coordinator, Lerner Publishing Group
Kate Schefer has degrees in creative writing and communications from Elon University, and currently works as the Digital Products Coordinator for Lerner Publishing Group, a prominent children's publishing house in Minneapolis, MN. She creates ebooks, enhanced ebooks, and audiobooks... Read More →
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Kris Tomes

Associate Digital Product Manager, Lerner Publishing Group
Kris Tomes is the Associate Digital Product Manager for Minneapolis-based children’s publisher Lerner Publishing Group, where she manages ebooks, audiobooks, hybrid print + digital products, and new product development. She has a background in print design and developing best practices... Read More →



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