And damn, I really want to get this done.
There are a huge number of roadblocks to getting this done, however, and it all boils down to funds. The voice actors need to be paid, findawayvoices.com needs to be paid... and I just don't have that kind of money. Voice actors are paid usually between $150-$300 per finished hour of reading. That's a lot, considering that longer novels tend to be many, many hours (one I remember hearing about was 64+ hours).
Of course, there are ways to get the funds. I'm toying with the idea of putting up a Kickstarter or an Indigogo to try and raise funds for it. But I'm hesitant to for a number of reasons. The first being that I hate, hate, HATE, asking for money. It upsets me on an extremely deep level.
The other is that I'm unsure that I'd be able to raise the requisite funds. I have a few dedicated readers and really good friends, but I don't think I have enough to raise the thousands needed to produce an audio book. Hell, I can't even get everyone to write a review. And there's nothing more heartbreaking than failing to reach a funding goal and being utterly unable to do the thing anyway.
I don't know. I want to produce audiobooks, but I'm worried that despite my best efforts, I won't be able to.
I'm mulling it over, and going forward like I will be making audiobooks. I'm currently at the "audition" stage of the process for The Dying God & Other Stories. While I go through the process, I'm wrestling with my doubts and trying to figure out the best way forward.
I dunno. I'm plagued by doubts constantly.
Right, I have to get to work.