AskPat 753 Episode Transcript
Pat Flynn: What's up everybody? Pat Flynn here. Welcome Episode 753 of AskPat. Thank you so much for joining me today.
Here is today's question from Kris and Kit.
Kris: Hey Pat, my name is Kris Shepherd with from GoMouseScouts.com and I am here with my son Kit. Kit, say hi to Pat.
Kris: A little quiet but he said hi. We have a Disney fan podcast that brings you Disney Park tips inspiration and family friendly fun. It is a project that our family participates in. It is pretty cool. Our question for you is about your audio books. For your first book I seem to remember you recording it yourself and then going with a professional voice over for the final iteration. For your new book, Will It Fly?, you recorded the audio version. I am wondering why you decided to do the audio version yourself this time and what has changed since your first audio book. Anyway thank you for all you do and we love your show. We get so much value out of it and thank you for that. Kit, say bye.
Kris: Hey thanks, Pat and take care.
Pat Flynn: Hey Kris and Kit. Thank you for saying hi and bye. Keep up the great work. I think this is awesome. GoMouseScouts.com you all should check it out. My family loves Disney too and so I will definitely be checking it out. GoMouseScouts.com, and thank you again for the question.
My audiobook process. I actually have three audiobooks. My first audiobook was done back in 2008. This was after I launched my ebook. It was a study guide book for helping people pass an exam in the architecture industry. Now I actually tried to record that on my own and after three days of eight hours a day recording. I listened to it and it sounded terrible. It sounded terrible for a few reasons. One I just didn't know what I was doing so I lacked a lot of confidence. For whatever reason even though I was reading it off, I would say things like, “umm and like” and things that were not even in the script. I was just so nervous. But thirdly I didn't have the right equipment. I was using a Logitech headset that was for gaming. It just wasn't right for audio quality for something that I wanted to sell online.
I ended up to going over to www.Elance.com which is now Upwork.com. Where you can hire people to do all different kinds of things for you. I hired a voice over there. And I spent a couple thousand dollars for that. It was a ton of money for me at the time and it is still is. It was definitely worth it. I made up the cost go hiring that person. Her name was Trisha. She was awesome. She finished the project in about two weeks. And then I had mp3 files that I then patched up into a zip file to sell. I made up the cost in about two and a half days of what it cost to create it. Since then after that it is just profit. Still today it is selling. It was great to hire somebody to do that for me. I felt like it made sense for me at the time. A, I didn't have the equipment. B, I was just not confident and C, somebody could of done it much better and faster than I could do it to a point that I was happy with it.
My second ebook I actually did record myself. This was not Will It Fly? This was Let Go, which was a book published in 2013. It is a book that you can find on Amazon. It is 2.99 on Kindle. It is only available on Kindle. I turned it into an audiobook as well. It is available on Audible now. That was done in my home office. It was done because by then I had a podcast for a couple of years. I knew how to make things sound good. I was used to the voice finally. I recorded it myself. It was a shorter book. It took a couple hours of content which was fine. It was right along the lines that I was used to with a couple podcast episodes in the batch recording that I was used to doing. That was fine and then I gave it to a couple team members to process it and put it up on Audible. It was done. That was cool.
Now with my latest book I did use my own voice to record it but I didn't record it in my home office. I recorded it at a processional studio. I did that for a few specific reason. One is the book is several 100 pages long and I knew it was going to more than two hours of recording. I knew it was going to take several hours. Totaling it all up it took about 14 hours in the studio to record the whole thing. The final audio was about 6-7 hours. A lot of it was the editing which was the most important thing. It was during the recording editing that is key.
When I went to a professional studio, which I did pay for, I had an engineer who was listening the whole time and as I was reading my book he would interrupt and say, “Oh can you read that passage again? Or you added a word there that was not there. Is that supposed to be there or not?” He would actually catch things that I wasn't paying attention to or noticing while I was reading my book. This was really handy. I even remember when I was recording Let Go on my own in my home office. I still had to rerecord a few things afterward which I hadn't even realized that I had mis-recorded or misspoke until after the whole thing as one. The person had to take the new clip and paste it inside the old one. It was a mess.
Having a sound engineer there was great to help with the corrections and making it great on the fly as we were going. Secondly and here is the biggest thing, I knew that if I paid money to go into a studio that I would only be focusing on that while I was there. One, I was not at my house so there was no distractions. Two I was going into a processional studio that just going in there mentally I was like, boom I am going to work today. I am going to record my audiobook. That is what I am doing. Then three, I just knew that because I was paying money to be there I had to do it. And that is what I was going to do when I was there. It took about two and a half days of total recording and done very well. It was on Audible. It is actually the most profitable content related to Will It Fly? Because the book is doing very well still on Kindle and paperback. But the Audible book for whatever reason is making more profit. That is what I hear from a lot of authors.
If you can try to keep the rights to your audiobook because it can be very profitable. You can also get a bounty of $50 credit if you sign up a brand new audio user and they download that book. They also get that book for free which is cool. When you sign up for audible you get one credit for free. You can use that to promote your book. Any of you listening out there if you haven't read Will It Fly? and you want to hear me read it myself and want to hear some bonus content that is not available in the book. Pick up Audible. If you that one credit to pick up Will It Fly? which is cool because it is no extra money out of your pocket. Audible gives that to me hoping that you are going to love it so much and stick around an pay the monthly fee. I have been paying monthly for Audible to get credits to download books every single month for last three years. I love Audible. Sorry for the small plug there.
Kris and Kit, hopefully that answers your question. Thank you so much for coming on the show. I want to send you both, I don't know how old your son is Kris, but I we will send him a t-shirt anyway even though it might not fit him. We will send it anyway. We will hook him up and hook you up as well. Again, everybody check out GoMouseScouts.com to hear about some cool Disney stuff. To learn theme park knowledge. Thank you again. We will send you a shirt sometime soon.
Anybody else out there who has a question that you would like potentially featured on the show just head on over to www.AskPat.com. You can ask right there on that page. So thank you so much. I appreciate you both.
I will end today as I always do with a quote. Today's quote comes from Jack Nichol. The founder and CEO of Threadless. It is a cool t-shirt company. “I try not to make any decisions that I am not excited about.”
Kit if you are listening to this, maybe when you are a little bit older, if you want to do something, get excited about it! It will be a lot more fun. You will do a lot better a job at it. Keep staying excited. Keep hanging out with your dad, Chris, he seems like he knows what he is doing. Keep up the good work, both of you. Thanks for much and I will see you in the next episode of AskPat. Bye.