How an audiobook gets made


Last week I participated in a delightful interview with Becky Geist, producer of the forthcoming audiobook version of The Cherry Pie Paradox, and Melanie Carey, the Seattle-based actor/narrator who speaks as me.


A shortened audio version of our conversation will be a bonus addition to the audiobook, but that doesn’t come out till fall. So YOU, my SPECIAL PEOPLE, can say you saw the whole thing here first. We discuss:

  • why I left Thin Within in 1980, just as it began expanding beyond the SF Bay Area

  • why I chose to have someone else read my very personal story, and the process of choosing the right person (meeting Melanie, you’ll understand why I chose her—now I want us to be besties)

  • why I discarded my first two book titles before landing on “The Cherry Pie Paradox” and the story behind it

  • why it’s challenging to narrate guided meditations

  • and more...

We had a great time chatting. I hope you enjoy watching as much as we enjoyed being together. I hope you enjoy the video conversation.

Even with a team as skilled as Becky’s at ProAudio Voices, producing an audiobook is not for the faint of heart. Becky has a podcast called The AudioBook Connection that walks listeners through the promises and myriad pitfalls of the process—stuff the average listener would never even think about, because a well-done audiobook flows seamlessly, concealing the furious paddling under the surface. Here's the podcast (audio only version) of our conversation.


The audiobook should be out this fall, along with a workbook to walk listeners through their own discovery process. I'm excited that soon I'll be able to offer what is basically an updated version of the Thin Within workshop program in a mode to suit every preference: paperback, ebook, audiobook and workbook.