In part one I explained all the reasons why turning Vague Pains into an Audiobook made no sense money-wise. Here’s the other side of the story.
- A new perspective on the book. After years of getting to know my characters, I thought I knew them all pretty well, but a good narrator can make them surprise you. That This was clear even from the first lines in Vague Pains, which is a passage from Henry’s journal. In my head I had imagined Henry reading the lines back in an apathetic, numb state of mind. Instead, in the audiobook version, the performance conveys a sense of fear. It was just as true to the character as my version, and really opened my eyes. It was thrilling to hear different nuances in the performance I hadn’t expected. As an author it was a unique and special experience.
- A broader audience. I rarely read ebooks. I love underlining and dog earing. The digital equivalents just aren’t the same. My book-consumption habits are probably about 50% physical and 50% audio. Everyone has their own preferences, so having Vague Pains in as many formats as possible helps open it up to more people.
- Ok…I admit it. I listen to Audiobooks so often that I just wanted one of my own. Maybe it is a bit of a vanity project in that sense. I have no idea if or when I will write another novel. I want to make the most of it!