Turned My Book Into An Audio Book

Hey all. It’s time for spooky stories and hot chocolate. I have always thought it would be fun to be a narrator for audio books. I turned my newest e-book, Oregon Coast Ghost Stories, into an audio book on CD! It takes a lot of work, even for a thirty-two  minute CD because you have to get the sound even and make sure there are no background sounds. You can listen to the first chapter of my book on Patreon. If you would like to turn your book into a CD, here is what I’ve learned. First, record your book in chapters or sections. Audacity is a great, free software that helps to make the recording sound professional. After you have your MP3 files recorded and saved you need to transfer them to a CD. Make sure you use a blank CD-R because this is the audio CD that you can play on your stereo, car or wherever a CD player is. Use Windows Media Player to drag and drop your files in the order you want them on your CD. Click Burn and when you are ready to start burning the CD click Start Burn. Make sure the Audio CD is selected and you are on your way. After the CD is burned, listen to it to make sure it has turned out well. Then you can start selling the CD as an Audio Book on your website. Since I am the author of my book and an Indie Author, I already had rights to do this. I do all the work, but I keep all the profits. I hope this helps you and have a great day!

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Sharing Ghost Stories From My Book

Now is the time of year to bake and share spooky stories. Honestly that time of year is always for me. I have always loved a good mystery or spooky story. I also love the beach. I have combined my love for beautiful beaches and spooky stories to make this book Oregon Coast Ghost Stories which is available on Lulu, iBooks, Amazon and more. I am sharing a ghost story from this book that is one of my favorites because it comes from one of my favorite spots on the Oregon Coast. This story takes place at Heceta Head House, just outside of Florence, Oregon. There is a story of a ghost called the Grey Lady. She haunts the area of the Heceta Head Lighthouse and especially Heceta Head House. Her story goes back to the 1890’s when she and her husband lived at Heceta House with their daughter. The daughter drowned somehow and was said to be buried by the Heceta House. No one has ever seen a gravestone for this little girl, but guests who have stayed in the room that was her room in the Heceta Head House say they have felt her presence. Some say when they get into bed something climbs in the bed with them and cuddles up close. These ghosts don’t harm anyone, but they have caused people to be scared. The only ghost that has been seen is the Grey Lady. She has long grey hair and wonders the house silently as if she were looking for someone. Is this just a tale for tourists or does the Grey Lady exist? If you visit Heceta Head maybe you can ask the Grey Lady.

Learning to Record With Audacity

Have you ever wanted to record music? Have you ever wondered how to do it on your own? Music is my passion so I have asked myself these questions many times. Someone told me about Audacity years ago. I installed the software on my computer, but didn’t do much with it. Recently I have been playing with it.

What is Audacity? This is a free recording software that you can download for free. Whoever made this software and offered a free version is a genius. Thank you! I have much to learn but I have already recorded myself singing to soundtracks for fun. Yes, I need the right equipment such as a better microphone and a mixer. However, the fact that I was able to record myself singing to music is a great start. I was able to adjust the volume so my voice didn’t overpower the music. That’s a first, but that’s what happens when I am singing into my laptop mic. It actually picks up my voice and music very well. The trick is keeping other sounds out. The nice thing is I can edit any unwanted sounds out of the recording.

Thank you experts for sharing your knowledge on youtube. I watched a few tutorials on different things I wanted to know about Audacity. You can learn a lot from those basic tutorials. Be sure to give those people a thumbs up. They are sharing free information that helps you to be able to do something you enjoy doing. Maybe you even make money from using that knowledge. I would love to have people buying my songs and asking me to write songs for them. I am such a perfectionist, but many times I get in my own way. Sometimes we just start with what we know and love. We do that, learn and build on what we know. I hope this encourages those of you who are wanting to record your own music. I know what it’s like to have that dream.

Audacity can also be used to make audiobooks. I would love to do that as well as sing. I have written and published some books and was thinking of turning them into audiobooks. This is not super complicated but it does take time. If you want to sell your recordings, especially audiobooks on places like iBooks or iTunes you have to make sure you do things right. For audiobooks you have to record in chapters and upload each chapter one at a time to Audible. This process can take numerous days and hours depending on how long the book is. My book, Love Devotions, has a few chapters and over 300 devotions. Turning this book into an audiobook will take a while. I first learned about audiobooks from my great uncle who was blind. He was not born blind but had an accident that made him blind. I thought it was neat to hear the book being read out loud. I think I was ten or eleven when I first heard one of his audiobooks. Ever since then I have wanted to record one. Audacity also makes that possible for me. Keep writing. Keep singing and playing music. Keep learning and keep having fun! Life is too short to be anything but happy.

Inspirational Poetry Book

I have been busy writing an inspirational poetry book. A while back I self-published my first book which is an inspirational book called Love Devotions.  Yes I have sold copies and still am. I like to encourage people and that is basically what inspirational poetry is. I have been having fun writing this book and I am sharing a poem from this book in progress with you. Many people battle with self-esteem, purpose and love. I hope this poem encourages people to love themselves which also helps them to show love to others. You can find more of my poems and help support me on Patreon. You may also check out my youtube channel for more tips and fun videos.

Mirror

I look into the mirror eyes

All I see is ugly and size

Then a voice speaks to me

Beauty is what I can see

I know the voice is from my maker

The beauty and the love creator

Forget the enemy who tells you lies

Forget those who criticize

Remember the one who loves you so

Show that love to those you know

Those who struggle with self-esteem

Those arrogant who may not seem

To give a care to what people think

Those people still can daily sink

In misery and even cry

When they look in the mirror eyes

Brush your hair and fix your clothes

Look your best make sure you know

The mirror doesn’t seal your fate

You are loved forget the hate

Be the best that you can be

Love yourself and be free

Honey Soap and Skincare

Honey is more than just something you use to sweeten your tea. Honey has also been used to moisturize the skin for decades. Raw honey is the most natural form of honey. If you want to make sure you have raw honey, test it by putting a spoonful into a glass of water. If it goes directly to the bottom and does not dissolve easily you know it is raw honey. If it dissolves immediately it has been processed.

Honey soap is a perfect soap to use on your skin. It gets you clean and is gentle on your skin. Honey has been used in place of anti-aging creams because it is a natural preservative, moisturizes the skin and has many nutrients in it. Honey soap is a soap that has honey in it or uses honey as a base. This soap may be used unscented or if you want a nice, scented soap you may use a soap with essential oils. The essential oils are natural and come directly from the plant. The essential oils have benefits for the skin when mixed with natural ingredients like honey. Essential oils are perfect for adding a natural scent to your soap.

Any essential oil can be mixed with honey to create a wonderful skincare product. However, there are some essential oils I prefer to use when I make honey soap. I pick essential oils that also have numerous benefits for the skin. Rose essential oil has been used for centuries in beauty rituals. Rose essential oil is known for its pleasant, floral aroma and skin benefits. Rose essential oil has also been known to have anti-aging properties. This means it soothes wrinkles and under eye bags. When this essential oil is mixed with honey soap you end up with a soothing, anti-aging soap. This basically means that honey and Rose soap will help smooth your skin and keep it moisturized.

Lavender is another wonderful essential oil to use with honey to moisturize the skin. Lavender and honey soap gets your skin clean and leaves it with a light lavender scent. Lavender is healing to the skin because it soothes dry skin and helps to heal irritated or bruised skin. Lavender and honey soap is also good for getting rid of acne. Both have healing properties that soothe problem skin. If you have a red pimple you can put a dab of raw honey on it and let it stay there overnight. In the morning you can wash your face with warm water and you will notice the pimple is no longer red and many times has completely disappeared. This is because of the anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties of honey.

You can make your own honey soap with or without essential oils. You can buy soap from me on my website Amandas Soaps. You can also support me on Patreon. I am currently writing a new short mystery story. You can find my latest chapter on my Patreon page. Have a great day and keep your skin healthy.

Free Books and New Books

Hey all! Summer is fun, but also busy. Do you like to cuddle up with a good book? Personally I prefer to read outside in the sunshine. Do you like free books? Become one of my Patrons and get a free copy of my Oregon Beaches Photo Book. Pledge $2 or more and the book will be sent to you. This offer is only available to U.S. residents. However, anyone online can become one of my Patrons and get access to other cool stuff such as a look at the first chapter in my new book Seashells For The Dead Man. You can also find out how to connect with other indie artists like me, online business tips and fun crafts such as shell art. Have a fun day and thanks for reading!