Saturday, July 21, 2012

Episode 47- The Audio Perspective with Jeffrey Kafer

In this episode, we interview voice artist Jeffrey Kafer, whose body of work includes books by Jeremy Robinson, Bob Mayer, Jim Berheimer, Dave's Dane Maddock adventures, and many others.

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 Updates on Alan and Dave's writing.

 Revising your work- Adding polish by catching over-used words and phrases. "Kill words." Be careful how you go about correcting them- don't just break out the thesaurus.

 Dave feels that Scrivener makes it easy to find and eliminate problem words and phrases.

  Smart-Edit is a free program that identifies repeated words and phrases. (Dave mistakenly called it Smart-Write.)

 The importance of putting processes in place that help you improve your craft.

 How much "cleanup" do you do while writing the first draft?

 The interplay between character and dialogue. Making sure dialogue doesn't sound like the narrative voice.

 Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher- we foresee many Alan rants when the movie comes out.

 Promo- Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast

 Interview with audiobook narrator Jeffrey Kafer

 Books Jeffrey has narrated.

What makes for dialogue that works?

 What's the process of narrating a book like?

 Why use a professional narrator/producer?

 Advice to writers from the narrator's perspective.

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1 comment:

  1. I was glad to hear Jeff mention Neil Gaiman as an author who delivers excellent audiobooks of his own writing. My first exposure to audiobooks came 30+ years ago ... before there was even the term audiobooks much less podiobooks ... from a writer who Neil Gaiman has often mentioned as an influence not only on his writings but as an inspiration to record his writing and one of the early pioneers of this form of communication -- Harlan Ellison. Harlan actually had a club, HERC (The Harlan Ellison Record Collection), that released regular (okay semi-regular, this is Harlan I am writing about) records (yes, LPs) of Harlan reading his award-winning fiction. as I recall, Harlan also was involved in doing dramatic readings of other writers' works on a radio show in LA.