SO YOU WANT TO MAKE AN AUDIOBOOK

21 Jul

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This terrific article first appeared on the RectorWriter blog and it describes a great deal of what we experienced once we decided to turn my “Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer” book into an audiobook. Although we are seasoned production professionals, we ran into unexpected problems and wanted to share our experiences with you. Hope they are helpful! Just click on the above link & you’re there. Enjoy!

Marsha ~ The Mutinous Boomer!

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America is Alive and Well in Chattanooga, Tennessee!

8 Jul

John Adams would have been proud. The 4th of July celebration here in Chattanooga was everything he envisioned so long ago. But it was more than that to me. It was precisely the experience I needed to remind me that the “real” America is still alive and well. I saw it for myself that night.

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Marsha Roberts on the walking bridge in Chattanooga, looking out over Coolidge Park and the Tennessee River.

We had the ideal observation spot on the walking bridge above the river. Beneath us spread a huge expanse of grass which had already begun to fill up. On the far end of the park the stage was set for the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra to play later in the evening. It was a picture perfect afternoon, blue skies with a cool breeze, a rare treat in July here in the South!

But I wasn’t at all prepared for the emotional impact it would have on me as thousands gathered in this beautiful spot by the river. I’m sure there must have been some sort of security, but I didn’t see it. No one searched my bag or our picnic basket. The entire area was open – freedom was in the air. How very American!

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Crowds gather for the Pops on the River Independence Day Celebration 2014

As I looked across the sea of people having picnics, throwing Frisbees, laughing, dancing, feeling free and happy, I was moved by a raw sense of patriotism. This is it, I thought. This is why George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and countless others who joined America’s Armed Forces over the past 240 years risked it all: so we could be free. And here, in what is known as the “deep South,” people of every age, shape and color were together, peacefully enjoying life, because we choose to and we’re free to make that choice.

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As the sun sets behind Lookout Mountain, boats join the rest of us waiting for the festivities to begin.

I couldn’t help but notice the ease with which everyone moved and savored the evening. Everybody was so relaxed, they obviously felt safe. It suddenly occurred to me how much we had recovered from the fear we went through after 9/11 and I was extremely thankful for that. I wondered how many towns and cities all across the United States were celebrating with parades and bands and fireworks at that exact moment. Honoring the grand IDEA of America.

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 This event was actually on July 3rd and, coincidentally, it was on July 3, 1776 that John Adams wrote one of his famous letters to his wife Abigail and said of American independence:

“It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”

Well, I’m here to say that Chattanooga did it’s part to continue this magnificent tradition. The symphony moved us to tears with a medley of patriotic songs. Then the fireworks started and a thrilling spectacle rained down on us. It was happening so fast I didn’t want to blink, afraid I might miss another burst of excitement falling from the sky. John Adams’ “Illuminations” were definitely on display.

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Yes, there was a special magic in the air that night and for anyone who wanted to feel it, it was certainly there for the taking. We are still a free people in the midst of this grand experiment called America, and it was wonderful to take a few hours off to be reminded of who we really are.

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After a few days of reflection I just want to say thank you to the city of Chattanooga for all that you do to keep the spirit of America alive. And God bless America, my home sweet home!

Marsha Roberts

Producer of the touring production “Letters From The Front”

https://lettersfromthefronttheater.wordpress.com/

Author, “Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and her Parable of the Tomato Plant”    ~   http://www.mutinousbabyboomer.com/

SO YOU WANT TO MAKE AN AUDIOBOOK

6 Jul

Here’s a terrific article about what to do and NOT to do when turning your book into an audiobook ~ from first hand experience!

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The good news is we got it done for Miz Marsha’s book “Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer” and it’s up and running and sounds great AND IS ACTUALLY SELLING!

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The bad news: It’s a hell of a lot harder than we had any idea, and we’ve spent most of our professional lives making films and videos in varying lengths from TV spots to features. Even a feature is only around 90 minutes long. The final running time on Marsha’s book was just over . . .

SIX HOURS!

And her book is a moderate 65,000 words.

A six hour show! Nine hours for a 100,000 word book; twelve hours for a 130,000 word book.

Those are long shows!

Marsha and I created and toured a play that was just over two hours long. Believe me, that was a big…

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New Release! The Mutinous Boomer Audiobook!

27 May

ImageNEW Audiobook Release! I’m thrilled to report that my Mutinous Boomer book can now be downloaded and listened to! The grand and glorious actress, Della Cole, who starred in our production of “Letters from the Front” for many years, is the narrator. My book has been graciously described as “5* Soul Candy!” Della makes each morsel delightful! In the coming days I’ll be blogging about our long association and how this audiobook came about. But, for now, I just wanted to share the excitement of having my book sound so very beautiful and would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Now on Amazon, Audible and iTunes – just in time for summer travel!  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H0RS60

 Marsha – The Mutinous Boomer!

Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and her Parable of the Tomato Plant

Authors Supporting Our Troops comes to a (technical) end #ASOT2014

16 May

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Today is Thursday May 15th 2014, the cutoff date for the Authors Supporting Our Troops event started in mid-January. I had to set this date because, while the four months going have been awesome and the support overwhelming, it was beginning to overwhelm not only me but Special Gal and two rooms of the house. 

A fraction of this year's book donations.

When I began this venture (thanks to author Joe McKinney, who did a smaller version last year), I was hoping for 500 books to ship overseas. I got about five times that amount, and every day brought another box of books and more excitement as I opened the box, cataloged and photographed and posted the books on Facebook. 

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It also let me see how very cool and generous people could be as well. Authors and non-authors alike donated money to help with the shipping costs, many people purchased special shirts we made for the event…

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Mother’s Day Perfect Gift $.99 Kindle Sale!

9 May

A Bestseller in Amazon’s “Happiness” Category, Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and her Parable of the Tomato Plant was written by a woman (me!) and for women. The perfect Mother’s Day gift or to just treat yourself! Although I’ve been thrilled by the response I’ve received from my readers who are men,  my Mutinous Boomer book has a decidedly female outlook and voice. To celebrate Mother’s Day, you can find out for yourself why it’s been called “5* Soul Candy!” ~ “Funny, touching and inspirational” ~ “A Charming and Uplifting Read!”

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Have a wonderful weekend and remember Mutinous Boomer Rule #1: Be Happy!

Marsha

Visit me on my website:  http://www.mutinousbabyboomer.com/

Get the Deal on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H0RS60

HAPPY MOM’S DAY TO ALL YOU INDIE MOM AUTHORS!

9 May
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