Choosing a Voice, or Decisions Are HARD

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Auditions for the narrator of the audio book version of Drawn In went very well! I received thirteen auditions and every single one had SOMEthing that I loved about it. There is a particular thing that I’m looking for and it would be so much easier if I could identify what that is in a clear and concise manner. But ultimately it’s just a feeling… something in the way a certain phrase is read, or the way that a bit of humor is approached, or the way that a pause is used rather than just taken. It is truly an art and those with a flair for it have my highest respect.

Somehow I managed to narrow it down to my top four. I had intended to choose a top three, but that just wasn’t possible. Let’s face it, I know some amazingly talented people. And yesterday I received the callback recordings I asked them to do to help me decide, which was supposed to make my decision easier. It’s still REALLY. FREAKING. HARD.

Maybe I’m making this too complicated. Maybe I just need to close my eyes and pick a name (they’re all wonderful, I couldn’t go wrong!). Or maybe I just need to trust my gut and make the best decision I can with the information I have.

Giving a voice to Rennie is a very personal thing. She’s mine. I know her and understand her and I know what she sounds like. Trusting that to somebody else feels like a very big thing, even though I know that anyone else listening to it won’t have those preconceptions at all. My pro/con lists help, my friend Katherine and my niece Shelby are helping, and in the end I’m just gonna have to trust my gut. There isn’t a bad choice to be made when all four could easily do it. That should make this easier, right?

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It’s Here! It’s Here! (& Vote to help me choose my cover!)

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Lulu.com where I order my works in progress in book form. And since I just recently finished the latest round of revisions, it was time to order another copy to pass out to beta readers. And here it is…

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Isn’t it pretty??? Yes, it’s still just a work in progress but MAN it feels good to see it like this! If you’re getting copies to beta readers for your own work, you’ve seriously got to do this. SO rewarding!!

And that started me thinking of what I want for my real cover. I actually emailed a self-published author whose cover art I adore, and she replied! (I kind of felt like I was talking to a celebrity!) Anyway, she had some great advice for me on cover art and I’ve started selecting possible images from istock and it’s all very exciting. Wanna help me choose? Here are the ones I’m leaning towards…

Choice A:                                                                                         Choice B:

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Choice C:                                                                                           Choice D:

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(For more on the actual plot, see the My Book page.) Got it? Great! Now you can vote here: 

Thanks! I’ll post results next week. Stay tuned!