Adventures with Postpartum Depression: The Audio Version

My book is now available as an e-book and paperback on Amazon (or check out the link for your free book on the homepage!) But I’m a podcaster. It feels like there should be an audio version.

I’ve never created an audio book. I did some research online and concluded: this is not the right time in my life to make an audio book. To make an audio book, I would either have to (a) spend thousands on dollars on production or (b) do it all myself, which would involve a steep AF learning curve.

I don’t want to do Option A because I’d rather spend the money on different things. Sorry not sorry. I’m a writer and I’m writing my first fantasy novel, so my next major expenditure will be on an editor for that project.

Someday, after I have made money as a writer and podcaster, I will invest the money in a proper, formal audio book version of my memoir. But that day could easily be five years away.

So that leaves Option B, do it all myself, but I don’t have the time. Sorry not sorry. I have limited Me Time, and I need to use the time I have to do the things that fill me up. Right now, that means writing, lots and lots of writing, podcasting, exercise and the occasional pedicure or massage. Figuring out the logistics of creating an audio book? That would drain my energy, so I’m not going to spend my limited Me Time that way.

So that means no fancy-schmancy audio book, but hello, I have a podcast. So I have decided to record my book as a series of podcast episodes. Since it’s not a formal audio book, I’m just figuring it out as I go. I’m not rehearsing. I’m not re-recording any chapters if I stumble over the words. It’s just me reading my book out loud as best I can into my podcast mic. But I figure the podcast version is better than no audio version at all.

I have to admit that I spent months and months worrying about creating the audio version of my book. It’s so liberating to accept that the audio version is not in the cards for me (yet) but I can embrace imperfection and share the podcast version instead.

The Prologue and Chapters 1-3 are now available on the podcast, right after episode 72. Enjoy!