The short answer to "How is the audiobook coming?" is "It's not."
I've run into some unexpected technical challenges: namely getting the volume levels right. I've tried three different microphones and yet the audio is consistently below the volume required by Audible. I.e., it's too quiet.
Since shouting isn't exactly how I pictured my romance novel, that's not working for me.
My son's gaming headset worked once but then I couldn't get it to work again. I recorded two chapters and sent them to my beta listeners. Two of them liked it and one didn't.
I'm torn about how far to pursue this. I liked the idea of reading my own book, if for no other reason than I know how everything is pronounced. But it just might not be a feasible option.
Yet I find myself shaking my head as I remember that hundreds of people are recording podcasts from home and aren't running into these problems. I feel like there must be some setting that I have wrong which is causing the problem, but I can't figure out what it is. I've tried checking every microphone setting I can find on my laptop and all of them are set to maximum reception.
I am baffled.
I still want to get my books out in audiobook, so maybe I need to see if I can find a narrator who is willing to work for royalties.
I'm not giving up, but I'm not quite sure how to proceed.