In early 2005, I was lucky to receive voice coaching from Sandra McKnight, as part of a pilot program for my job. Sandy is a fabulous coach, we had a terrific time, and I learned a lot. At the end of one session, I jokingly said “Maybe I should become a voiceover artist.” To which Sandy remarked “Why not?” Later that year, a colleague mentioned LibriVox, a site where volunteers submit recordings of works in the public domain. Soon thereafter, I began building my home studio and submitting recordings of classic short stories.
What started as a way to practice the craft quickly became a passion. I found true joy in recording well-written stories with great plot lines, interesting characters, and frequent insights into the human condition. And, best of all, I got to play all the parts!
Along the way I received additional coaching and encouragement from Jean Zaraour, and I upgraded my equipment and studio. And luck struck again when I met Rick Jackson, founder of Wonder Audio and Wonder Publishing Group. Rick invited me to become a regular narrator, and turned me from an amateur into a semi-pro. When Rick took a hiatus from audiobooks to focus on ebooks, I decided to start publishing under my own label, Eloquent Voice, LLC. In January, 2010, I was thrilled to obtain a distribution contract with OverDrive, which not only puts my work in a number of online retailers, but makes it available for purchase by public libraries.
My goal is to bring high quality, affordable, downloadable audiobooks to a wide variety of audiences. For now, my focus is on public domain works that are underrepresented in the market. Therefore, you won’t see any works by Edgar Allan Poe or Mark Twain, which are well-covered by other excellent narrators. Instead, you’ll see stories by Anton Chekhov and Henry James.
I truly hope you enjoy the performances, and I encourage you to provide comments and feedback.