Professional Reading-A How-To

Professional Readings Often authors will book a time at local book stores or other venues to perform readings of their book. It’s especially fun to hear the original author read their book aloud because they can read it just the way it was meant to be read! Audio books and readings by volunteers at public libraries are also what I would consider professional readings. In every situation, it’s vital that you help the listener to feel something. As well as being a good reader, there are a few things every professional and public reader should adhere to. Be Professional You’re a professional, so this seems like a no-brainer! I’ve been to a few readings where the writer is late, and it sure puts a damper on things. I’ve also been to readings where the writer makes the audience feel inferior, and that’s no fun. For the most part, the audience is there for the author (you) as much as the book. If you’re a professional writer doing a public reading, act accordingly! Remember to say thank you to the...

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Reading to Children, Feeding the Mind

Children If I could pick one group of people to read to for the rest of my life it would be children. Children always appreciate a good book, and they appreciate it when it’s read well. The Department of Education states that: “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success is reading aloud to children.” So how do you keep a child’s attention? What’s in it for you? Helping Children Discover Reading aloud to a child is a great way to help them learn. Learn how to read and eventually learn specific topics. Research is clear that children who read with or are read to are better students and learners. Reading is an adventure you and a child can take together. Few things are as magical as seeing a group of children huddled as close as possible to a reader at a library or in the classroom. Use your voice and your actions to help children experience the book to the fullest! Getting Started The great thing about books is you can take them...

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Recording Audiobooks

Audiobooks-You Read, They Listen Perhaps you’ve decided to record an audiobook. I still remember listening to books on tape that my dad recorded into an old tape recorder. We would listen to them on long car trips and by the time we got to our destination we wouldn’t want to get out of the car because we were enjoying the book! Audiobooks are a great way to give other access to your book without going to the library and getting a physical copy. You don’t need to be a professional to record a book, but there are a few things you should keep in mind. Reading and Recording-Pro Tips Record a demo first! The microphone will need to be at just the right distance to capture the best sound. Too close and the reading will sound distorted. Too far and you’ll pick up all the noise around you. Listen to yourself on head phones and on speakers to make sure both formats sound good. Keep this in mind: Read the way you’d want to be read to. Nobody wants...

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Professional Reading

Professional readings are an important way to spread the news about your books. Keep the reading short and sweet so those who attend leave wanting more.

Reading with Kids

Children that grow up being read to and reading themselves usually love to learn later in life. Set a time and place and read with a child every day.

Recording Audiobooks

Recording an audiobook can be a great way to learn how good a reader you really are. Do a practice round first, and get rid of outside noise.