Should I Voice My Own Audiobook?

The format in which we enjoy consuming writing has changed over the past decade or so. While books are still very popular, more and more people choose to listen to audiobook versions of the latest releases. As such, it is often a good idea to look into publishing an audiobook version of your own work. This will allow you to reach a wider audience, increasing your earnings. However, many authors find it difficult to decide whether or not to voice the audiobook themselves. If you are struggling with this conundrum, let’s look at some of the pros and cons of recording your own audiobook!


1. Economical

If you record your own audiobook, you can avoid paying someone else to do it for you, saving you some money.

2. Have Fun!

Recording an audiobook can be a very enjoyable process! As the author, you have control over how you want the audiobook to be recorded in terms of voicing the characters and the book’s overall tone. As a result, you can convey a lot of emotion and often control the meaning of the text through the way it is spoken.


1. Expensive Equipment

To record a high-quality audiobook, specialist equipment is usually required. This usually consists of microphones, a sound-proofed space to record, and computer equipment to put together recording sessions into one track. If you do not already own this equipment, you could end up spending a lot of money on a setup that might not give you the quality you were hoping for.

2. Quality Control

Speaking of quality, recording your audiobook means forgoing the expertise of sound engineers. While this may save you money, you may regret this decision if the product at the end of the process is not as professional as you had hoped it would be.

Also, unless you need additional voices to flesh out the characters, voicing them all yourself may result in an audiobook that you are less happy with than if you had hired actors to help you out.

3. Time-Wasting?

If you’re an author, chances are your time would be better spent working on your next project. It may be better to hire professionals to take care of your audiobook while focusing on the elements you want more control over.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you as the author, but make sure you carefully consider all aspects of making the best decision for you. For example, you may find you have a passion for recording audiobooks! Alternatively, if you don’t enjoy the process, learn from the experience and choose a different option for your future work. One of the best things about being an author is autonomy, so make sure you are happy with your decisions – your writing deserves the best!

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