So I thought I’d just help a friend get his book published. Well, as it turns out, life is full of surprises.
It all started out innocently enough.
“Sure I’ll be an early manuscript reader, I love a new story.”
It was an amazing story, so I urged Michael to get it published.
“Of course I can help. What do you need?”
At first I was a sounding board for plot ideas and concepts. Time went by, and serious editing of the manuscript began. The story blossomed into a tremendous work. I was thrilled to be a part of this grand adventure. My hope grew that this story would be shared with other fantasy readers, and so did the scope of the effort grow. Marketing was needed to get the public aware. There were poems, so naturally, we could set some of those to music. Fortunately, the active team of volunteers was growing. The book had to be promoted so events needed to be attended. Then, out of the blue, Michael asked me to be the audiobook narrator. That was a surprise!
I have read out loud to my children since they were babies, and they honestly love it. Teenagers sitting and listening to Dad read? There must be some narrating talent for that to occur. What an honor to narrate a wonderful story, not only that I love, but that has epic sweep. As I am wading into the waters of audiobook publishing details, I sometimes lose sight of the joy and the wonder of the story. But when I am reading, I see the world through the eyes of Ahiram, or Tanios, or Bahia, and I realize how amazing life is, and what a gift it is to be a part of something truly beautiful. It’s a blessing to be a part of something bigger than oneself and to work at sharing that with others.