Seedlings by Aaron Paul Lazar

What They Say

“You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop—H2O. The reader will get it.”
—George Singleton


Aaron Paul Lazar

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 22 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming release, UNDER THE ICE. Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers.


SEMI-FINALIST Kindle Book Review Awards 2015
FINALIST Readers Favorites Awards 2013
SEMI-FINALIST Kindle Book Review Awards 2013, Mystery Category
HONORABLE MENTION Eric Hoffer 2013
GRAND PRIZE * FINALIST 2013 EPIC Book Awards  * FINALIST 2012 FOREWORD BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS * Finalist DaVinci Eye Cover Award 2013 * WINNER 2011 EPIC Book Awards, BEST Paranormal * FINALIST 2011 FOREWORD BOOK AWARDS * WINNER 2011 Eric Hoffer BEST Book, COMMERCIAL FICTION *Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top 10 Reads for 2012 * 2X FINALIST Global eBook Awards 2011 * Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award – 2nd place 2011* Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Top 10 Books of 2012 * Winner of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s 9th Annual Noble (Not Nobel!) Prize for Literature 2011 * Finalist Allbooks Editor’s Choice Awards 2011 * Preditors&Editors Top 10 Finalist  * Yolanda Renée's Top Ten Books 2008MYSHELF Top Ten Reads 2008  * Writer’s Digest Top 101 Website Award 2009-2012

Contact Aaron at aaron(dot)lazar(at)yahoo.com.

 

Voodoo Summer (LeGarde Mysteries Book 11)
Available now at Amazon.com

VOODOO Summer by Aaron Paul Lazar

Every family has its secrets…

Summer, 1966: For thirteen-year-old Gus LeGarde, summertime always means Loon Harbor, his grandparents’ idyllic fishing resort on Great Pond. The season is a grand tradition of swimming, boating, and new adventures with his best friends, twins Siegfried and Elsbeth. But this summer, everything changes when a new lodge down the shore threatens the resort—and triggers a chain of events that will transform Gus and his friends forever.

 

 

The Seacroft (Paines Creek Beach Book 2)
Available now at Amazon.com

The Seacroft by Aaron Paul Lazar

The Seacroft: a love story

Falling for the wrong guy can be hazardous to your heart. Vivian Wood is desperate. After her beloved brother dies of a sudden aneurism and her mother develops Alzheimer’s, she needs a good job and a place to stay. She finds it at The Seacroft, a Cape Cod seaside mansion ruled by ...

 

Books by multi-award winning, Kindle bestselling author, Aaron Lazar:

LEGARDE MYSTERIES
DOUBLE FORTÉ (print, eBook, audio book)
UPSTAGED (print, eBook, audio book)  
MAZURKA (print, eBook, audio book)
FIRESONG (print, eBook, audio book)
TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON (print, eBook, audio book)
DON’T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU (print, eBook, audio book)
THE LIARS’ GALLERY (print, eBook, audio book)
SPIRIT ME AWAY (print, eBook, audio book)
UNDER THE ICE: COUNTERPOINT (coming soon 2015)
LADY BLUES: forget-me-not (print, eBook, audio book)
VOODOO SUMMER ( print, eBook, audio book)

GREEN MARBLE MYSTERIES
The Disappearance of Billy Moore (formerly Healey's Cave) (print, eBook, audio book)
TERROR COMES KNOCKING (print, eBook, audio book)
FOR KEEPS (print, eBook, audio book)

TALL PINES MYSTERIES
FOR THE BIRDS (print, eBook, audio book)
ESSENTIALLY YOURS (print, eBook, audio book)
SANCTUARY (print, eBook, audio book)
BETRAYAL (print, eBook, audio book)

PAINES CREEK BEACH SERIES

THE SEACREST (print, eBook, and audio book)
THE SEACROFT (print, eBook, audio book)
THE SEADOG (print, eBook, audio book)

BITTERSWEET HOLLOW Romantic Suspense Series
DEVIL’S LAKE (print, eBook, and audio book)
DEVIL’S CREEK (print, eBook, and audio book)
DEVILS SPRING (print, eBook, and audio book)

 

Seedlings
by Aaron Paul Lazar, author of the LeGarde Mystery Series.

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February 2017

"Audiobooks — how to get your novels into ACX, part II" Copyright © 2017 Aaron Paul Lazar. All rights reserved.
Excerpt from Write Like the Wind volume 2 by Aaron Paul Lazar. Re-printed by permission of the author.

Write Like the Wind volume 2 by Aaron Paul Lazar

 

Audiobooks — how to get your novels into ACX, part II

The following is a collection of new tips I've thrown together that might help you get started and create a successful audiobook. (Please read the Part I article ... to help give you perspective.)

Tip #1: Your book must be available on Amazon as an eBook for you to be eligible to sign up with ACX.com, which is owned by Audible/Amazon.

Tip #2: Listen to a series of professionally produced audiobooks before you select your narrator. I did not do this, and I wish I had. My first few books were recorded by a wonderful guy with a great voice, but he was a novice, and so was I. I realized in hindsight that we made significant mistakes. Now I am having a tough time undoing these errors, and I don’t want you to have to go through what I’m enduring at the moment. I do have great narrators today who are just perfect. But it takes time to find just the right actor, so be patient and take your time.

Tip #3: Be sure you ask your narrator to audition for all the voices in your story. If you love his or her main character’s voice, that’s great. It’s especially important to listen to a male narrator’s female voice and vice versa. Is the male narrator’s “woman” too screechy? Does she speak with too much of a falsetto tone? You want it to sound natural. I like it when a male narrator “softens” the woman’s voice but doesn’t screech in too high an octave. And what about the elderly gentleman you introduce in Chapter Three? Or the two-year-old who pops up in Chapter Seven? Or the baker with the Italian accent who comes out of the woodwork? What about the German teacher you bring into the fold? It’s REALLY important to work through these issues before you approve the first fifteen minutes, and even before you accept the narrator to produce your book. Once you’re into it – it can be a real hassle to get these things fixed, and sometimes the accents just aren’t in the narrator’s repertoire. Conversely, you must be extremely specific when you write your blurb of instructions to potential narrators. You don’t want to be caught in the middle of a misunderstanding and risk the perfect production of your book.

Tip #4: Listen closely to the audition and first fifteen minute recordings. Listen twice or three times if you need to catch all the areas that sound “off” to you. Don't be afraid to suggest changes in how words are emphasized or pronounced. And most important - don’t listen while you are focusing on anything else. You need to be free to listen hard. I listen while walking or driving and find I can concentrate the best this way. After all, walking and driving are rather natural activities which can almost be done on auto-pilot if you live in the country, like me.

Tip #5: Go through the book in advance for names or places that might be hard to pronounce. Record a voice memo with all the pronunciations up front so your narrator doesn't have to struggle or wonder about them. I have a lot of Indian based names in the towns where my characters live, and most of them are not pronounced in the obvious way. Remember, if you plan to keep your local fans happy, don’t let a narrator pronounce their precious town name incorrectly.

Tip #6: Narrators can search for books and authors can search for narrators. Don't be afraid to search for narrators and ask them to audition for your book. You may find a perfect guy/gal for your book by being assertive and not sitting back to wait for auditions to come to you. If you have multiple voices/ages/accents etc., you may want to click on the “versatile” category. Just be sure that the narrator you approach is willing to do the 50/50 royalty share if that is how you want to pay for the production.

Tip #7: If you sign up for royalty share, you won't have to pay any money up front. You will for all time forward split your profits with your narrator, however. (That's how I do it.) Unless you have big bucks and want to hire them by the hour, I suggest this method. If, however, you are a best-selling author and expect to sell many hundreds or even thousands of copies per month, you should pay up front to maximize your lifetime profit.

Tip #8: You need a square image for the cover - it must be 2400x2400 pixels and you must have rights (or gain permission to use) the original art. Your eBook cover art is NOT an acceptable size for the audiobook cover.

So, why don’t you get out there and try this? You'll find another new platform to share your work with the public, and have loads of fun at the same time. Not only that, but you create a new revenue stream that only gets bigger and better as you add more books to your list. The neat part is this revenue stream will never go away, and hopefully over time it might even grow to huge proportions.

Here are some more articles that deal with the subject.
The Making of an Audiobook by Dora Machado
Never Listened to Audiobooks Before? It’s Easy! by Uvi Poznansky

Enjoy!

Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com


Write Like the Wind cover artwork

WRITING ADVICE: 

WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1, 2, 3  (audio books)

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling Kindle author of three addictive mystery series, thrillers, love stories, and writing guides, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming releases, UNDER THE ICE (2015) and DEVIL’S CREEK (2015). Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers!