This has been my view for the last couple days. I'm currently editing the second book in the Quinn Henaghan trilogy, Aeon of Horus. I am loving these books. I feel really lucky to have the chance to help bring them to life.
There has been a definite learning curve to recording audiobooks, but I am loving it. It's exciting to learn something new and to create a satisfying product in the end. That being said, here are three steps I took to get started on my narration journey.
Step #1 - Build a little studio.
It doesn't take a lot of space to create a recording studio. My wonderful husband turned our bedroom closet into a perfect recording space. He's a musician, so we already had some equipment. I contributed by hot gluing soundproofing squares to the walls. It was a lot of fun. We added some color-changing LEDs, so I can change the lighting to fit my mood - or better yet, the mood of the book I'm recording.
Step #2 - Learn to listen to your own voice.
This doesn't seem like it should be hard, but a lot of people react poorly when they hear their recorded voice. It was definitely weird for me at first. Husband and I were already working on a podcast, so I was getting used to how different I sounded, but I also found that my "real" voice and my recording voice were quite different. Once I began to look at it as a separate thing, a piece of the creative work, I really started to enjoy playing with the quality of my voice and creating different sounds for different characters. I would definitely recommend some kind of vocal training before starting to narrate audiobooks. I have a degree in theatre and even though my focus was on directing/playwriting, I took a lot of voice classes. They seemed kind of pointless at the time, but I am so glad I have that experience now!
Step #3 - Patience.
Nothing worthwhile is easy. My background with theatre and writing has hardened me to rejection, and audiobook narration is no different. Keep in mind that even if you are turned down for numerous projects, someone out there is looking for someone with your voice. You won't be a perfect fit for every project, but there are so many authors out there. You will find the jobs that work for you, and when you do embrace it and do your very best.
Admittedly, I am a complete noob. I'm probably not experienced enough to give advice, but to me, this seems like a good starting point. I'm sure that as I gain more experience I will have more to share, or I will change my mind. As that happens, I'll keep sharing what I learn.
I am an audiobook narrator, writer, reader, and lover of the written word.