Books on Tape?

Or rather CD?  It used to be that those people going on long trips or traveling a great distance could buy a copy of their favorite book on audio cassettes.  Just think, you can listen to a Stephen King Novel or a John Grisham right from your car stereo.  Of course there was the problem of storage space.  Then came the new technology of Compact Disks!

What’s this have to do with anything?  Well, I’ve been thinking for a long while about what to do with my latest short story and I thought up of something different.  I’ve been doing some research and one website that’s been getting a lot of press lately is Cafepress.com.  You can design all kinds of stuff on the site and sell them there.  They are a print on demand company.  The best part is that you don’t have to give them a dime!  Of course, there is the matter of doing all the design work yourself.  Still, it can be simple depending on what you want to make.  I found them when looking for a bumper sticker with an environmental theme.

You might be asking, “Scott, what does this have to do with anything?”  Well, I’m excited to officially announce that I am thinking of self-publishing my short, “My Imperfect Life.”  And I’ll probably be using cafepress.com to do it.  First off, I have to register the copyright.  Thank yo US Government for allowing electronic submissions now.  That’s ten dollars off the charge for registering my work.  $35.  Once that’s official then I’d have to get an ISBN number for it.  That’s $125 for the registering and then $25 for the bar code.  Why get an ISBN?  Well, so that you could go to your local book store and say, “Hey I want a copy of ‘My Imperfect Life!'”  It’s a universal database that bookstores for online and off use to find books.  So that is a grand total of $185 I’d be spending and with Christmas coming up I think I may have to put that on hold.  At least, a print version will have to wait.

That’s when I got the idea to make an audio book.  It may seem like a crazy idea, but audio books are on the rise.  A lot of people don’t have time to sit down and read a book or short story.  However, an audio book is easier for them.  You could listen to me narrate my story while you drive to work!  Just think, my voice booming over your car speakers(assuming you have the bass turned up.  I do have a low tone).  Not to mention that I have about five years of actors training under my belt.  And comedy is my bent as an actor.  This is an idea that is still in the concept stages.  I have to see how practical this would be and how difficult it would be for me to design the CD.  I’m sure I can fit the whole story on one CD, but I have to like the way I read the story.  I also have to be critical of myself.  Also, what if it’s too short?  I could add bonus content like in a DVD perhaps.  So, there are a lot of ideas floating around about how I want to publish this short story.  I’m happy to be able to do this as I have yet to publish anything since 2006.  I’ll be sure to give updates when available.

Also, a small update, the next chapter of Wade has been posted.  Just click on the download link on the Wade page.  It’s still in PDF form so you can just copy it over the older version.

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