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027: (Mis)Adventures In Audiobooks

Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
027: (Mis)Adventures In Audiobooks

The underlying purpose of Sonitotum is to share my experiences as an experienced beginner making things, finding success, and staying healthy and sane, and hopefully, provide value through teachable moments.

That doesn’t mean it’s always easy to share the mistakes! Indeed, my ego and personal fragility almost convinced me to… under-represent… my most recent mis-steps.


Instead, in this episode, I talk about the long road I stumbled down in completing the audiobook edition of my latest novel, Light of the Outsider, including some pretty massive last-mile fumbles… and how I know better, and what I’ll do to avoid these errors in the future.

It’s all stuff I hope you can learn from, and, heck, probably get a bit of a laugh out of in the process.

Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode

  • Light of the Outsider is the debut novel in my Shaper’s World Cycle, book one of the Outsider Trilogy, and a stand-alone character-driven gritty fantasy / thriller hybrid.
  • Order the audiobook of Light of the Outsider, read by the author (that’s me), directly from me via Gumroad.
  • ACX is Audible.com‘s self-publishing platform. They’re very much behind on processing new submissions, so it’s going to be a while before the Light of the Outsider audiobook is available there… order direct from me!
  • Audible’s not the only game in town. I use Findaway Voices to distribute my audiobooks to all the other audiobook marketplaces in the world, plus libraries.
  • The Zoom recorder I used to record the Light of the Outsider audiobook is the H4. I bought mine eleven years ago… it’s no longer available.
  • I mention The Big Plan. You can hear about it or read about it.
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The Music!

The opening theme song of Sonitotum is “Anastasia” written, performed, and recorded by yours truly, Matthew Wayne Selznick. You can hear or buy the full song on YouTube, Spotify, Amazon.com, iTunes, or just about anywhere you can buy or stream music online.

The closing and interstitial music is a little ditty I call “Gwinton,” also by yours truly, Matthew Wayne Selznick. It’s super-short and really just a looping thing, so it’s not available outside of the show.

On both songs, I play a 1972 Gibson Ripper bass guitar and a Fender “Bullet” Squire electric guitar. On “Anastasia,” the drums are performed on an Akai Professional MPD218 MIDI drum pad controller. For “Gwinton,” the drums are royalty-free loops found in the excellent Mixcraft Pro Studio software, which was also used to record, mix, and master both “Anastasia” and “Gwinton.”

Podcast Production and Hosting

Sonitotum is usually recorded using an Aurycle a460 large diaphragm studio condenser microphone through a Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD (audio interface for directly connecting microphones and musical instruments to a computer). Outdoor / remote episodes are often recorded using my Audio-Technica ATR-3350IS omnidirectional condenser lavalier mic. The show is edited and mixed in Adobe Audition. The episode files are hosted and delivered by Zencast.fm; the website is hosted by Dreamhost.

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