Friday, December 28, 2012

Bay State Reader's Advisory Gives Good Tips


If you're in the hunt for a good story, who better to ask than an a librarian? Laurie, a public librarian in Massachusetts, is doing her best to spread the “good word.” Through her blog, Bay State Reader's Advisory, http://baystatera.com, Laurie shares nuggets of literary gold with those who seek it.

The Bay State Reader's Advisory Blog includes a list of the many titles Laurie has reviewed. The blog aims to deliver honest assessments of a both books and audio books, the idea being to assist readers and listeners in making good choices. To further this goal, The Bay State Reader's Advisory Blog has a give-away page where readers can score some literary loot.
“Yikes-Another Quirky Audio Book” is among the many titles Laurie has reviewed. Read all about it at http://baystatera.com/fast-times-in-navel-utah-yikes-another-quirky-audiobook/
If the story interests you, enter for a chance to win a free copy of Yikes! On the Bay State Reader's Advisory website http://baystatera.com/giveaways/

At the moment, Laurie is reading “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout and listening to an audio book by Hilary Mantel called “Wolf Hall: A Novel.”
Finding the perfect book or audio book to keep you entertained has never been easier. From the comfort of your own home, you can “try before you buy” by checking out the many wonderful websites offering free reviews such as Bay State Reader's Advisory at http://baystatera.com/

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

No Excuses Entertainment




In the spirit of entrepreneurialism, Denver's Thurlow Weed is pioneering a whole new brand of entertainment. Thurlow is the host of Wake N Bake on iBakeTV https://noexcusesentertainment.com/Wake_N_Bake_w__Thurlow.html

Thurlow Weed has been entertaining audiences for more than ten years. Taking advantage of internet radio and TV opportunities, Thurlow founded M2J Media Group and launched the Medicated Chef Show. https://noexcusesentertainment.com/Medicated_Chef.html

Viewers interested in learning how to make meals medicated with cannabis can tune in for cooking techniques and other tasty tidbits. Right now, the show is searching for the next Honorary Medicated Chef and ponying up $5,000 in cash prizes.  The object of the contest is to find talent which can teach viewers about the benefits of cannabis and entertain them as the same time. Entries are being accepted in the forms of submitted videos, so get rolling! All entries must be submitted by midnight on December 31, 2012.

I had the opportunity to be on Thurlow's radio show which he does weekday mornings from 8 to 11am. Check out our conversation at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/27817127

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Dara on Radio



One of the most fabulous things about modern technology is that it enables everyone the opportunity to voice their opinions, network with others and share their hopes and dreams. Radio stations are no longer limited to an elite group of people who can afford expensive equipment and have the wherewithal to deal with the FCC. Internet radio stations are popping up all over the place, including one headed up by Dara Blaker near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida www.daraonradio.com

Dara has been hosting Dara on Radio for almost three years. Her radio show has featured a number of high profile guests including Bond Girl and Charlie's Angel's actress Tanya Roberts and Hollywood Reporter Kristyn Burtt. Dara herself is no stranger to big time projects: she has performed lip sync ADR (Automatic Dialogue Replacement) for a Latino show on HBO show called Capadocia for the last two seasons. Dara does a wide range of character voices. Check out Dara's demo reel: http://daraonradio.com/wordpress/?page_id=1175

In addition to her work as a voice-over artist, radio host and narrator, Dara also owns a music eduction company called Colour Me Music www.colourmemusic.com This program aims to make music an integral part of eduction while making it fun for children. Dara is also creating a new animated series and is looking for parties interested in joining her efforts. To find out more, connect with Dara on through her website at www.daraonradio.com That's also where you'll find the interview Dara did with me regarding the release of Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book.

It's hard to imagine how a mother and wife can pull all of this off, but Dara manages to do so with professional flair. Best of luck to Dara as she launches her new venture in animation!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Calling All Indie Artists


     Are you an independent artist, musician, actor or writer? If so, you'll find a great place to network with others in your industry on Indies in Motion – Internet Radio Featuring Independent Rising Stars www.indiesinmotion.com
Indies in Motion is hosted by Rick Mizuno who is a musician and motivational speaker. Rick's easy going style makes both the artist and the listener feel relaxed and welcome. In addition to interviewing
writers, actors, dancers and those involved in the film industry, Indies in Motion also features great music from indie bands.
In addition to his busy music show, Rick Mizuno has written two books: 50/50 Split and From the Heart of a Man. Rick also has an inspirational audio CD called Promises Kept.
I had the opportunity to appear on Indies in Motion on Monday, December 4. This was my maiden voyage into the world of Skype and I must say I have a lot to learn! Fortunately, Rick Mizuno was a gracious and patient host. To hear the interview, please visit http://www.indiesinmotion.com/Guest-Music-Links.html

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The First Review of Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book


AudiobookFans.com Gives Yikes! 4.5 Stars

     Two bloggers from Indiana are the fist to review Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book. Maggie and John, siblings who administer the AudiobookFans.com website, have reviewed more than 200 audiobooks. Although Maggie and John are related, their preferences differ when it comes to genre. This is good news for audio book publishers who are looking to get their work reviewed because if one of them isn't interested, chances are the other one is!
     John began his journey into the world of audio books to keep him company during his business travels. Maggie caught the bug in the gym when she made the happy discovery that a good story can do a lot to perk up a ho-hum workout.
     Although the emphasis on the AudiobookFans website is on audio books, Maggie says the best thing about the blog is corresponding with readers.
     “Talking to our readers and making new 'bookish' friends has been a blast, and they're wonderful people to get tips on great new books coming out,” says Maggie.
     Together, Maggie and John review four to eight books a month. Honest assessments are a top priority with the goal being to best serve the listener. The AudiobooksFan.com website also offers give-aways which further benefit those who visit.
     Straight to Audio Productions would like to thank John and Maggie for their thoughtful review of Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book as well as the product give-away they hosted on their website. Read what AudiobookFans.com has to say about Yikes! at http://www.audiobookfans.com/2012/11/yikes-another-quirky-audio-book-review/

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bloggers Revolutionize Book Review Industry


    Next to the Internet itself, the second greatest thing that ever happened to writers was the advent of Bloggers. In the past, writers stood little chance of getting their work reviewed unless their book landed on the Bestsellers List. Now, thanks to the Blogosphere, it's possible for writers in every genre to connect with readers all over the world. The U.K.'s Sophie Gonzales of Life Between Pages is one example. http://www.lifebetweenpages.net/p/review-information.html
     Ms. Gonzales is a university student who has been blogging for less than two years and already has 384 followers. In fact, the Life Between Pages Blog has been such a hit that Gonzales is currently unable to accept review requests. How does she do it? Gonzales' technique is relatively simple: using social networking, Gonzales is able to spread the word about her blog to a huge range of readers. Freebies like Twitter, Facebook and Google + Goodreads are all tools Gonzales uses to advertise Life Between Pages. Gonzales also makes a point to interact with other bloggers.
     “One of the wonderful things about being a book blogger is that there's a networking site dedicated to us called Book Blogs,” says Gonzales. http://bookblogs.ning.com/
     Not only do websites like Life Between Pages help writers, but the people who write those blogs benefit as well. Thanks to her experience as a blogger, Gonzales says she has now expanded the genres of books she reads. As a university student studying literature in the U.K., this open-minded approach has proven to be a great educational tool as well.
     What advice does a veteran like Gonzales offer to those entering the Blogosphere? “Make sure your content is interesting and original,” says Gonzales. “And never underestimate the power of a great layout (avoid clutter)!”
     Those brave enough to tip their toes into the world of blogging will find it a very cost effective way to share an opinion or spread a message. Sites like Blogger http://www.blogger.com/home and WordPress.com http://www.blogger.com/home are free so users can experiment without any financial risk. Now that the roadblocks to connecting with people of similar interests have been removed, the only thing left is to dive in and get blogging!
Adele Park

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hanging with the Big Boys on Audible.com



     In the not-so distant past, only bestsellers stood any real chance of being turned into audiobooks. It was like an exclusive club limited to the most elite books. Then audio software programs like ProTools galloped in to drastically reduce the cost of producing audiobooks. Score one for the little guy, but producing cost effective audiobooks still put indie studios in the same pickle as self-publishers: where to market their work. Most bookstores owners have little interest in using precious shelf space on products from undiscovered writers. This is where Audible.com comes to the rescue (cue dramatic music).
     Audible.com offers a program called ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) which make it possible for studios living on a shoestring budget to compete in the global market. Essentially, the deal works like this: indie studios who have produced an audiobook in mp3 format can apply to sell it on Audible.com through ACX. Once the green light is given, ACX has easy to follow steps to correctly format the audiobook and upload it for sale on Audible.com.
     Here's the incredible thing: if you have a problem with your account, someone at ACX will actually answer the phone. More importantly, the people who take these calls offer genuine solutions.
     Once an audiobook is produced, it's easy to flounder around in a sea of social media. ACX has some very useful tips to help newbies get acquainted with how to best use internet technology to sell audiobooks. All this and topics covering everything from distribution to podcasting are listed on the ACX “How it Works” page http://www.acx.com/help/how-it-works/200484210
     Don't have access to a studio? No problem. ACX even offers a service for that. Writers can hire a publisher to handle everything for them, or they can audition narrators themselves. Here's the magic words for actors: ACX has a platform for you too! They not only offer a ton of opportunities to audition for actual audiobooks, but they allow the actors to chose the hourly rate they want to charge.
     Now that the roadblocks to recording audiobooks have been lifted, only one question remains: what are you waiting for?   

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Spooky Books and Audio Books for Halloween


     I'm not going to complain about the 300 days of sunshine we typically get each year in St. George, Utah, but the downside of living in Paradise is that there isn't much of a change of seasons. My favorite time of year is Autumn and I miss the beautiful fall colors I grew up with in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado. To compensate, I have found new ways to celebrate the seasons. Novels and audiobooks are an excellent way to get me in the mood for whatever holiday is on tap.
October is an especially fun month for me, and there are a number of books and audio books to set the tone for a month of thrills and chills. I'd like to share some of my top picks for some spooky October fun:
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. I read this book with the enthusiasm I normally reserve for Halloween candy. The setting, tone and delivery kept me turning pages long after I should have been turning out the lights for sleep. I also loved the movie version of Practical Magic which starred Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.
The Worst/Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson. The crazy Herdman Family is back, this time pulling Halloween pranks and creating chaos at the Woodrow Wilson School. Fans of The Worst Christmas Pageant Ever will love this young adult reader.
The Witching Hour by Ann Rice. I didn't want this lengthy novel to end. Rice hooks her readers with an extensive history of the Mayfair Witches. Set in New Orleans, The Witching Hour captivated my attention with rich details and an intriguing plot.
Right now, I'm listening to the audio book version of Shadow of Night, the sequel to A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Thanks to all the wonderful writers who are doing their best to delight me this Halloween season!  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book is now for sale on Amazon and Audible.com!


The latest installment in the Quirky Audio Book Series is now available for sale. WHEN MARIJUANA AND REALITY TV COLLIDE . . . Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book is the story of Blue McKenna, a pot grower who gets involved in a reality TV show as a means of curing an apocalyptic case of writer's block. A conglomerate of kooky contestants invades the polygamist community of Navel, Utah, to compete in a reality show called Yikes! Participants include Steven Finch, a loveable stoner who develops a conspiracy theory involving a rock band called the Rectal Surgeons, and Randall Smoot, a member of the Gay Mafia.

Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book features a cast of 11 actors who portray the characters in funny, engaging chronologies. Steve Campbell, a delightful actor with a long list of singing and performance credits, serves as the narrator. The narration pieces give the listener a glimpse into the wacky community of Navel where every day is Christmas but it never snows!

Melissa Sandberg and Alexandra Harbold play the lead ladies in Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book. Sandberg does an outstanding job in the role of Blue McKenna, a pot grower with a bladder the size of a pea. As luck would have it, Blue McKenna has an uncanny knack for getting caught with her pants down! Sandberg's performance is wistfully funny, a perfect match for the character she plays. It's no small wonder that Sandberg is a busy New York actress, landing one job after another for film, stage, television and voice-over work.

Harbold's role as Moon McKenna provides a good contrast with Sandberg's character. Moon McKenna, a self important know-it-all, spends her time in Navel stirring up problems for the contestants on Yikes! Harbold expertly captures the haughtiness of Moon's personality, though in real life she is a very laid-back and sweet individual. Harbold lives in Salt Lake City where she keeps busy working as an actress, director and voice-over artist.

The cast of Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book is rounded out with nine other professional actors, many of whom are working on productions all across the United States and even Europe. Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book is 10.5 hours long and is being offered as an MP3 product on Amazon and Audible.com. To purchase a copy, please visit

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Welcome to Adele Park's Quirky Audio Books Blog!

If you're looking for a little different take on the audio book industry you've come to the right place! As the owner of an indie studio called Straight to Audio Productions, my products are not attached to
any major studios, publishers or other such important persons. This lack of authority leaves me free to ignore the rules governing mainstream audio books. In fact, I don't even know what the rules are!

If you are a narrator, indie producer or simply a fan of audio books, I hope you'll find my blog a happy place to share your experiences. If you have listened to either Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book or Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book, this blog is also the site where you can find links to reviews of these projects.

It's a great time to be both a listener and an audio book producer or narrator. For consumers, sites like Audible.com make it easy and affordable to enjoy a huge selection of products. MP3 downloads eliminate the need for physical media, which reduces the price and makes it more convenient to enjoy audio books.

Things have also gotten easier for audio book producers. Thanks to editing software such as ProTools, small studios can readily produce broadcast quality sound without purchasing tons of expensive equipment. I've met a few narrators who stay very busy recording audio books in home studios. One topic I like to explore in this blog is how to make small studios even more efficient and user friendly.

I believe the internet is changing the business model for the audio book industry. It's now possible for audio book titles produced by indie studios to be marketed alongside best sellers. Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book and Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book are both available for sale on Audible.com and Amazon.com. I was pleasantly surprised to learn how easy it is to do business with these companies.

I hope you'll come along for the journey as I explore the changing face of the audio book industry. If you have your own studio, please use Adele Park's Quirky Audio Books as a place to blog about your ideas in this rapidly changing business. Narrators may use this site to showcase their talents and offer encouragement and tips to others who serve as voice talent. And for those who are fans of the Quirky Audio Book series, this is the spot where you can find written reviews and links to radio interviews.

Long Live the Audio Book Industry!