How to Become an Audiobook Narrator in 8 Steps [2020]

Has anybody ever told you that you have a voice for radio? (I'm normally told I have a face for radio...but hey, whatever.) But seriously, if you have one of those magic voices, you might want to consider voice over work. There's actually plenty of opportunity out there especially with the rising popularity of audiobooks. But do you now how one might become an audiobook narrator?

In all actuality, it's a relatively simple process. However, this is a highly competitive field. So there are some things that you'll need to do in order to rise above the rest and start landing audiobook narration gigs.

8 Basic Steps on How to Become an Audiobook Narrator

  1. Practice reading aloud.
  2. Learn to read ahead.
  3. Learn how to breathe from your diaphragm.
  4. Work on your voice modulation.
  5. Practice creating and maintaining different character voice profiles.
  6. Acquire quality studio sound equipment.
  7. Put together voice recording samples.
  8. Submit your samples and audition.

Now before we get into detail about each of these steps, keep one thing in mind. You'll only go as far as the effort you put into becoming an audiobook narrator. Remember that old phrase, "Practice makes perfect"? Pepperidge Farm remembers. So unless you're just a born natural...this will take some work.

Practice Reading Aloud

There's a pretty good chance that if you looking to become an audiobook narrator, you're an avid reader. But does that mean you can actually read out loud? For example, a great friend of mine--let's call him B--is one of those speed readers. I kid you not, B consumes books faster than Shaggy and Scoob do a quadruple-Decker club sandwich. However, asking B to read aloud is an absolute nightmare.

You see, he may have the ability for super speed and comprehension. But has zero ability to make clear to a public audience. B rarely, if ever, reads aloud and it shows. That being said, the ability to read aloud is paramount to your success as an audiobook narrator. Here's an exercise:

Go sit in your closet, bathroom, or favorite reading chair and read out loud for an hour or two. How does that feel? It may be unnatural at first, but as time passes you'll soon find it becoming more comfortable. Now, can you do that... but restarting from a pause point whenever you trip up? That's the life of an audiobook narrator. If you can conquer this first step, you're already way ahead of some of your competition.

Learn to Read Ahead

Now this is easier said than done. When you're reading for an audiobook, you're going to have to know what's coming up and where. Is there going to be a setting change? Or additional character dialogue? Or maybe some surprise action scene?

All of these affect the way your voice is going to come across. And if you're not prepared for it, it's not going to sound too great.

You can perfect this by reading and re-reading your upcoming segments. And yes, I said segments. You're not going to be able to get everything perfectly done in a single take.

Breathing from your Diaphragm

You might not think this anything special. It's not like you haven't been breathing your entire life. But... when it comes to narration, you need to learn how to breathe properly. Here's a little story from my life to put this in perspective

When I was in Jr. High, I was part of a girl's chorus group. Singing, dancing, sequined skirts--the works. And during one of our numbers, I actually had a solo! It was kind of a big deal at the time. So fast forward to our next show. After doing a few songs, my solo had arrived and everything was going well. I was hitting all my notes, but I had one last part to get through. That long sustain at the end. So, I took a huge breath but something was wrong. I had actually heard myself take those lungs full of air. And so did everybody else--which of course threw me off-key.

I had violated my choir director's number one rule. Breathe from the diaphragm. This technique allows you to take those big ole breaths and do so silently. Something that audiobook narrators need to be able to do. If you can't read a book out loud without huffing and puffing, you aren't quite ready for your narration career. But don't let that stop you. Breathing from your diaphragm is a learned skill.

This video--although for singing instruction--demonstrates perfectly how you should be breathing.

Work on Your Voice Modulation

This step is one of the most overlooked when it comes to being an audiobook narrator. Practicing your voice modulation is critical if you're gonna make it in the industry.

Your voice modulation is what helps determine the context of what you're saying. You don't want to be Ms. Monotony all the time--especially when it's not called for. If you don't have the proper tone or expression for a particular scene, it's just going to sound off. For instance, if you're reading about a high-speed car chase, you need to have some hurried excitement within your voice. But if you're reading about being stuck in the doldrums, a lackadaisical voice could be more effective.

Audiobook narration isn't just reading a book. There's a good bit of acting involved too. And this just the beginning of it.

Practice Creating and Maintaining Different Voice Profiles

Have you ever read the Lord of the Rings trilogy? If you have--or have seen the movie--you'll recall just how many different characters there are. Each one unique and with their own personalities. Can you just imagine reading for the audiobook counterparts?

It's gotta one of the most difficult projects ever because all your characters can't just sound the same. You'd have to create a voice library for each character for your own reference when reading. But just like each critical skill above this one, you can learn how to do do this. It just takes patience and a whole lotta practice.

Acquire Quality Studio Sound Equipment

Once you mastered (or at least improved) your craft, it's time to start putting together your portfolio. But how are you supposed to do that? With a built-in laptop mic? Or maybe one of those headphone/microphone deals you got with your last cellphone purchase? Or you could just yell into a coffee can and close the lid really fast. Just kidding. Don't do any of those.

If you're going to put together a quality sample in order to land actual work, you're going to need to up your game. And this will require a decent microphone setup and editing platform.

And while this seems like a bit of an investment, it's a must. Because your competition will have professional setups too. There's no way you can compete in the audiobook narrator market with a stat-icky voice recording. If you're wondering what a quality setup sounds like, check out Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur. And yes, it's no secret he's one of my absolute favorite bloggers and experts. But the man has got a sound setup like no other. It's a crystal clear sound with minimal background noise.

Put Together Voice Recording Samples

No, it's finally time to lay down those tracks! Or create your voice samples anyway. You're going to want to create a bunch of different samples for a bunch of different writings.

For example, you might want to start with a standard approach. You reading aloud a book or piece of classic literature. It doesn't need to be the whole book--it's best that it isn't--just a snippet or excerpt from. And use your professional reading voice wile you're at it because that's what a client wants to hear anyway.

But a standard sample isn't all you want to make. Create a few character samples or ones that have multiple character voices. This can show off the depths of your talents. Another way to do so is to create different regional accents. For me, I would create a snippet using a Southern US accent. You wouldn't know it by listening to me, but I was raised in the Deep South. And although I lock that drawl and twang away, I can still use it naturally. But you might have other accents that you can produce. Use them to your advantage.

Remember, your prospective clients will be looking to hear the depth of your speaking skills. Speaking of....

Submit Your Samples and Audition

After you've made your samples... it's time to submit them to an open casting call-type agency or as part of an interview for a voice over project.

Honestly, this is probably the scariest part of the whole process. Not because it's too difficult, it's just that you're laying yourself out bare. And you're probably going to get rejected--a lot. But all it takes is one yes and you'll feel on top of the world.

So...what are you waiting for? Get submitting!

(Oh... you don't where? Gotcha.)

Where are some great places to find Audiobook Narrator work?

There are quite a few places out there that you can find work as an audiobook narrator. But let's focus on my top three selections.


This is my (and many others) top choice when it comes to Audiobook narration--both for narrators and clients. Essentially the whole site is just a digital marketplace for voice talent. As a prospective narrator, you'll need to create an account, name your price, and upload your samples. Next, search for a project that you'd actually love to work on. Once selected, you're given the option to read a piece of the work. If the rights holder--aka client--likes you, they'll present an offer and voila! You're on your way to becoming an audiobook narrator.

Check It Out Now!


If you've been around the Internet job market and freelance sites, I'm 100% positive you know about Upwork. It's pretty much an online classifieds for freelancers for all sorts of work like SEO'ers, Ghostwriters, designers, and more--including audiobook and voice-over narrators. You'll fin a wide range of talent here ranging from the noobs to the pros. The only real gripe I have about Upwork is that your account needs to be approved. So, if there's too many narrators and not enough clients, Upwork will actually deny you from registering until there is space available or you have other skills. But if you can make it on, it's a great place to start narrating.

Check It Out Now!


And finally VoiceBunny. This place is another legit site that you can find voice-over and audiobook narration clients. But here's the kicker. In order to get access to the work, you've gotta be a pro. VoiceBunny actually vets its incoming narrators, so you need to be at the top of your game. If you've got shoddy equipment, poor studio presence, or you just aren't making the grade...You won't even be eligible to advertise your services. That being said, if you can nail a spot know you're doing something right.

Check It Out Now!

Interviews with Audiobook Narrators

I'd like to finish up this article with some really unique insights from the lives of audiobook narrators. Here's a selection of interviews that may shed a little light into how this industry works:

The Bottom Line on How to Become an Audiobook Narrator

If you think you've got the voice clarity and acting chops for audiobook narration, there's no reason not to give it a try. Just be forewarned. It's a competitive market, so be prepared to practice and up your game. And truth be told, you're probably going to face more rejection than not. But if you can make it through, the earnings and job flexibility can give you a pretty sweet career.


Ten Gifts for Writers that They'll Actually Love

Do you need the to find the best gifts for writers?

Whether it's for a special occasion or just to show you care, getting a gift for that writer in your life is always appreciated.

And while it's the thought that counts, not every writer out there is looking for yet another pen.

There's so much more out there than Cross pens--and much cheaper options as well. That's why I've put together this list to make sure that your beloved wordsmith get a gift they'll really enjoy.

Apple MacBook Air

Now I did say that there are some cheaper options than a Cross, but this isn't one of them. But in all fairness, this is one awesome laptop! The MacBook Air models have come with the reputation of being one of the lightest and thinnest models out there. And the latest in the line doesn't disappoint. With up to 16 GB of memory, a 1.5 TB SSD, and back lit keyboard, this powerhouse is ready to tackle any project that may arise. Again, the price point is a little steep, but this could make for a wonderful graduation gift to help prepare your author to take on the world.

Check It Out on Amazon!

Azio Retro Bluetooth Artisan Keyboard

If a whole new computer isn't within your budget, maybe a part of one is. This keyboard is so awesome! It's so funky and neat with its top plate, and the clack of the keys emulates an old-school typewriter. But besides from being super cool. This keyboard is back-lit and Bluetooth compatible with both PC and Mac. The Azio Retro truly puts the funk in functional. Can ya dig? Keyboards in general make great gifts for writers, so if you're looking for more check out my recommendations HERE!

Check It Out on Amazon!

Aqua Notes

I don't know about you, but honestly I do some of my best thinking in the shower. It's just me with my thoughts. But there's on big problem, there's about a 100% chance I'm going to forget every genius idea I came up with. And that's why Aqua Notes is so handy! It's a waterproof notepad where you can jot down all those great ideas.

Check It Out on Amazon!

Ember Temperature Control Mug

I'm very particular about my tea. I like it with 2 sugars, a splash of milk, and hot. Unfortunately, that last one doesn't really stick around as long as I would like it to. But those problems have been solved since I started using my new Ember mug. It keeps my tea at a nice constant temp that way I don't need to slog down a cold cuppa. And given the relationship between most authors and coffee (or tea!), the ember mug solidly makes it onto my list of gifts of writers. Or if you're a water type of person... Check out these sweet bottles here!

Check It Out on Amazon!

On Writing by Stephen King

Every writer needs a role model or a mentor to look up to. And whether you're a fan of his or not, you can definitely learn from one of the most prolific writers of our time--Stephen King. This book is a down-to-earth memoir that gives you practical tools that every writer needs to succeed. This is a must-have for any writer's bookshelf.

Check It Out on Amazon!

Meal Delivery Service Subscription

After a long day's worth of work, writing, or both the last thing I want to do is cook. Don't get me wrong. I love to eat--just ask my ever growing waistline. But after a hard day, I often find myself on the tail end of a Lean Cuisine and some leftover Pinot. And I know I'm not the only one. However, there are some options out there for those hardworking writers out there. Meal delivery services! Now while some provide all the ingredients prepared for a quick cook, others provide fully cooked meals. Just heat and eat! If you're looking for some of the best out there, check out this sweet (or savory) article over at

Super Comfy Lounge Pants

There may be some writers out there that just looove to be as uncomfortable as humanly possible while they write. I just haven't met any of them. Now for the rest of us... getting into our comfort zones is requirement for top productivity. And what a better way to do so than by starting out with some super comfy harem style lounge pants! These are breezy, baggy, unisex, and totally ready to rock that couch in style.

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Dry Erase Weekly Calendar

If you're looking to give a productive gift for your writer, a weekly calendar is a great one. Many of us writers get caught up in the whirlwind that is known as "lack of focus". It happens. But one great way to prevent that is to set daily and weekly goals. Utilizing a weekly planner can really help you stay on target. Simply write down your goals for the week and mark when complete. This may sound cheesy, but there's nothing better than watching yourself accomplish a goal. This is absolutely one of those gifts that will stand the test of time and get maximum use.

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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

Instead of giving a gift that keeps on giving, why not give a gift that taketh away? Noise cancelling headphones may soon become your writer's new best friend. These work great for empty the sound space around you to help center your mind. This can definitely lead to a more productive workday. Plus these are great for airplane travel, public transportation, or any other time when you just need to zone out.

Check It Out on Amazon!

Scrivener 3.0

There's a few things out there that can really help take a writer's work to the next level. One of which happens to be to use pro tools. And if I had only one tool that I could recommend to any writer... It would be Scrivener. It's an absolute game changer. Scrivener helps you start from square one to complete your writing project all the way to formatting and publishing. It's an all inclusive planning, organizing word processing software that does damn near everything but the dishes. I cannot stress just how great this software really is--so head over to Kindlepreneur and see that Dave Chesson feels the same way I do. Except he's got a super neat review and discount coupon.

Gifts for Writers All Wrapped Up

Now, a super sweet pen or a bunch of fancy Moleskines definitely will make this author happy. But we writers are complex creatures that look beyond the simple tools of our trade--like a great custom tote or drawstring bag. If you're really trying to show that special author in your life that you really care, you don't need to really go all out. Maybe all they really need is a hug, a thank you, and some home delivered meals.

Cause honestly... Ya girl here could eat!


Publisher Rocket Review: Is It Worth It?

Before this Publisher Rocket review, I want to tell you a story.

A story of a burned out writer.

This writer is me.

Many moons ago, my primary focus was not on books and book marketing. Not on gizmos and gadgets for writers. But Information Technology. Web development and programming to be more exact. I studied hard and practiced long to become a top-notch coder. I had learned all the tips and tricks. All those secret little back doors to coder's paradise. And then it hit me... I should write a dang book about this stuff!

And you know what? I did.

I was soooo excited! My first book was complete! Now, it was time to share it with the world.

I figured, "Heck, I'm an awesome writer. I know things. People will love it, and the book will sell like hotcakes!"

Oh boy. I had no idea just how wrong I was.

I posted it on Amazon like a giddy self-publisher would threw some random keywords into my publication campaign and called it a day. Well, that day turned into a week. Which turned in a month. Then two. And before I knew it... I had sold one single copy.

Seriously. Thanks Mom.

My hopes were dashed, my inkwell ran dry, and my confidence was at an all-time low.

Until one day, I stumbled across something that would change my life forever.

KDP Rocket Review: This isn't my kind of thing!

When I first heard about Rocket, honestly, I blew it off. I figured it's just snake oil. No way in H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks could it work. After all, I've been burned before from programs and services telling me they'd help me sell more books.  Oh, please!

But, then a fiction author friend of mine told me, "It saves me sooooo much time!!"

Huh...time is important and I'd prefer to spend more time writing than working on my book marketing.  Plus, they have a 30 day money-back guarantee, So, I figured I'd at least give it a try. After all, if it saves me even a couple of hours of tedious book marketing work, it would be worth it.

And after that... well, here I am. And KDP Rocket's evolved into something much more powerful and determined.

In this Publisher Rocket review, I'm going to let you know exactly what Rocket can and can't do for you.

What can Publisher Rocket 2.0 Do for You?

Well, that's the million dollar question isn't it?

The best way I can describe Publisher Rocket is this:

The Best Damn Book Marketing Tool Available!


Publisher Rocket helps you to lift that veil of ambiguity that Amazon's presented and see what actually is going on--what people are looking for, how they buy books, how much money they are spending, and how your competitors are doing.

It does so through four majorly distinct features.

  1. Publisher Rocket helps you find your keywords to target or for new book ideas!
  2. It helps you find categories that help you to have a better chance at being a bestseller
  3. Rocket analyzes the competition to give you an advantage (but it doesn't tell you what keywords they are targeting because Amazon doesn't provide that info)
  4. If you do AMS ads, it helps you create AMS campaigns more effectively and efficiently.

(U/I and Display Score: 10/10)

Is Publisher Rocket just some lame extension or what?

It operates as a standalone application meaning you don't need to be signed into your Google or Amazon. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. Now, I've heard some people say that other guys are a built-in extension so it's easier to use. And I have a response to that... They must be crazy. Do you know what the least remembered things are in programming or the Internet in general are?

That's right! Plugins, extensions, and widgets! These go straight to the back of the line. Why? Because there is always something bigger and badder around the corner. Like a standalone platform. From a programming perspective, standalone databases and query tools are the best because they don't have to rely on anything else to do their job.

Keyword Analysis with Publisher Rocket 2.0

So, let's tackle that first feature from earlier...

Remember how I told you about how I just threw down some random keywords in my Kindle campaign? Well, if that wasn't a giant frickin' mistake. Some of those keywords were just too general and couldn't compete in the great Amazon bidding wars. Or they were just randomly obscure and specific. These words were worse. At least people were searching for the other ones.

But Rocket helped me solved that issue after the fact. (Wish I had a Publisher Rocket Review like this one earlier...) It allowed me to hone in onto my keywords and choose the ones that Amazon BUYERS were actually looking at! And if you've ever gone through the pain of manually searching and selecting keywords... You understand just how much a pain in the butt that is. Literally hours of research and time in front of a computer.

Rocket turns hours into seconds. And that's no joke. Just head over to their Keyword Search function and--Voila! You are on your way. And it can also help you find just the right niche to start writing your next book!

(And look how beautifully clean and well-designed it is...)

Let's put it to the test.

Finding a New Book Idea with Publisher Rocket

First, we need to select Book or E-Book. That's right. Publisher Rocket now has information for print OR E-Book!

We'll go with e-Book. And now we need a subject... Cats it is. :)

Ok, so we'll enter that in and push "Go Get Em Rocket".

And these are our first results. Now, before we get into our keyword, let's address the elephant in the room.

Why the heck are they blank?

I'm not a Rocket programmer, but if I had to guess... It would be for a few reasons.

With the exceedingly large amount of keyword hits I got from the phrase "cats", it just might crash Amazon's API with all that data. Like that's seriously a huge data pull.

And also, it just looks cleaner. Less on the page I have to worry about. Obviously, I wouldn't want a world without cats, and that keyword would never apply to me. So why clutter up my screen. Just saying.

Now, let's go ahead and push analyze and see what happens.

After pushing analyze, we end up with some useful data.

First, I can see just how many competitors I have in the "cats" department. And that's a whole heck of a lot. And there's also a competition score of 42. Yikes. I better be ready for that stiff competition.

But maybe there's another keyword that would be better suited for me.

Cats and Robots. Now... we may be onto something here. I like cats. And robots. And just maybe...the two together would make for an interesting story. Now, let's look at the numbers.

Less competition. Easier competitive score. Higher average monthly earning.

Guess who has two thumbs and just found her next book idea? This girl!

That took all of 30 seconds. Publisher Rocket can seriously cut your keyword research time way down.

But besides keyword analysis, what else can Publisher Rocket do?

Well, the next major area of concern is Amazon categories. And boy does Rocket come in clutch here.

Finding the Right Category with Publisher Rocket

Back when KDP Rocket was released, they didn't have category searching data. It actually came out as a later feature. And truth be told, KDSpy was the better option. It excelled at providing you with the best category. This was something that neither Kindle Samurai or  Rocket could do. But then, Rocket grew up. It started providing awesome category data.

But it was very different from KDSpy. Have you actually taken a look at the interface for KDSpy? Not trying to dog on it too much, but honestly... It needs some serious work. It's very cluttered and hectic at times. It reminds me of looking at old lines of scrolling DOS back on Windows 3.1. (Sorry for showing my age...)

(Reminding me of my coding days and not in a good way.)

Don't get me wrong though. KDSpy does have the category data. And for one point in time, there was no other option. KDSpy was king of the categories. Until Rocket came along with their categories. And their signature ease of use. SO... when given the opportunity to choose, it's a no-brainer.

Rocket for the win. But this is a Publisher Rocket review, so let me get back to the point. (For more on KDSpy vs Rocket, click HERE!)

Now, in Publisher Rocket, there has been a major overhaul to the category system. If I'm not mistaken, it looks like they are completely current with Amazon's database of categories.

But what does this mean for you? You have the best opportunities to find the right categories for your book to help you sell more books.

Imagine if you had the ability to openly explore all of Amazon's 22,000+ categories at your fingertips. No signing in. No trying to see just how far the rabbit hole goes from window to window.

Just raw data there at the click of a button. That's remarkable.

Let's check it out.

Category Exploration with Publisher Rocket

Just like before, the Category Hunter can be accessed from the home screen. Here's where the Rocket team has implemented a super cool new feature! You can actually start to search and explore categories as never before.

Let's explore categories for our robot cat novel from above.

After clicking typing in the word "robot", Rocket gives you a whole list of relevant category suggestions.

As you can, the best bet for our book would probably be the number one on the list. And it's really neat that the ABSR data and sales to top ten are clearly presented. With 14 sales needed at this time to get there...This looks like a great category to niche into.

But this new screen isn't the only thing that changed. Previously, this category information tended to be a bit stale. Like updated every so often. But I've heard it from Dave Chesson himself that such is no longer the case. They have implemented a revolutionary new system that updates every single Amazon category 3x a day. Folks...That's over 12000 categories updated three times a day everyday!

This category hunter is a definite upgrade from their previous version. And sets a new precedent for future Category Hunters to come.

Getting to Know Your Competition

Another one of the Rocket's major features is its competition analyzer. This is truly an incredible feature. It can let me know exactly who I need to beat as an author and who I need to look out for.

Now, it doesn't show your competitor's keywords. (Found out why through another email dialogue with Rocket's support. Apparently, Amazon doesn't release that information. Good Guy Amazon? This must be a new thing.)

But it does show other important data such as:

  • Monthly Sales
  • Daily Sales
  • Keywords in Title or Subtitle
  • Age of the Book
  • Book's ABSR number

It also gives a link to the author's sale page. This way you can really grind in. Read your competition's reviews. Find out what you need to do to be the best.

Let's take a look at my robot cats' competition.

Same step as before. Head back to the homepage and click Competition Analyzer.

Next, select E-Book.

Publisher Rocket Review Gripe #1

  • Honestly, the folks behind Publisher Rocket should definitely think about adding a fiction/non-fiction filter here. If you're competing against fiction... you should have the opportunity to only pull fiction titles.

(Well folks, seems that this ole gal jumped the gun... I had the awesome opportunity to chat directly with Dave Chesson himself--creator of this awesome program. Turns out that you aren't necessarily concerned about fiction or nonfiction when it comes to competition. Because the competition isn't about your target audience. It's about the keyword itself! So ranking above all genres is even better. Gripe resolved.)

Back to business... I'm going to be using the term "robot cat". I'll go ahead and click "Go Get Em Rocket!" and BOOM!

The results are in.

So, this is my competition in the E-Book realm. As you can see from the scroll bar on the right, there are more titles although not very many. Seems like robot cats might be a good topic to get into after all!

But what's next? What happens after you make the decision that robot cats are the ones for you?

You write the dang ole book!

Creating Awesome AMS Campaigns with Publisher Rocket

For the sake of continuity, let's say I wrote a book on Awesome-tron the Robot Cat. (Copyright and Trademark pending.)

Now, it's time to get Awesome-tron out there in the great big world of Kindle! But will he be received with glad tidings or crash and burn? One thing is for certain. Awesome-tron has a much better chance of survival and prosperity with a great AMS ad campaign.

And Publisher Rocket can help us achieve just that.

One last time, we head to that beautifully crafted homepage and click on AMS Keyword Search. This time, we are told to enter in a book title, keyword, or phrase and Rocket will generate for us a list of keywords. But before we do this, let's stop for a second.

The creator of this software--Dave Chesson-- has provided a series of tutorials and lessons on just how to select AMS keywords.

As a matter of fact, he has released an entire free course on how to find AMS keywords. So, before searching for said AMS keywords, this Nerdy Book Girl recommends taking that course first.

AMS ads are for intermediate to advanced users and I would do them a disservice to be crudely explained on this Publisher Rocket review. Dave does it just perfectly in his free course.

But the AMS features run just as smoothly as the keyword, category, and competition features from above.

Do any "Top Authors" use Publisher Rocket?

You'd be surprised at the sheer amount of support that Publisher Rocket gets. It's not just us little guys here that are looking to get invested in Publisher Rocket. Here are just a few of the more prominent clientele:

What do I as a Rocket user want to see from this program?

Every single thing has room for improvement and Rocket is no exception. It is still early in their transition period between the old KDP Rocket to this new Publisher Rocket, and I'm eager to see what lies ahead. Personally, I'm looking forward to international markets. KDSpy has them, and I believe Rocket should too. I spent the early part of my childhood in Germany actually (Mannheim represent!) and would love to be able to market there.

Another change I would love to see is more filter and search options. This might seem like more of an opulence than a necessity. And you know what... you're right. But doing so would help to soften the blow when purchasing. Add these to my Publisher Rocket Review gripes.

Bottom Line: Is Publisher Rocket worth it?

Without a doubt, this is the best Kindle and AMS assistance software available. And it looks like it's gonna be a while before the King gets dethroned.

Sure, there are some hiccups. Especially in these early stages of Publisher Rocket. But each passing week since its release, I have experienced nothing but excellent service from the Publisher Rocket support team. They are kind, understanding, and patient even with a Obssessed Nerd such as myself. Honestly, if you can't communicate peacefully with them... You're probably not a nice person. HAHAHA!

Just kidding. But they really are awesome. They also seem to be well trained in book marketing and self-publishing as well and all my questions were answered in turn. Not only that, but they directed me to another nifty tool...the Kindle Sales Calculator!

OH SNAP! I never told you the end of my tale from the intro. Anyway, long story short... Rocket helped me get that orange Bestseller ribbon. And for that, I can't thank Dave Chesson enough for. Now, I'm not gonna make any guarantees that this is for everybody. That's just naive. However, it truly helped me. And I think if you put just a little effort and faith into the program... it can help you too.

Well, that's a wrap for me on this Publisher Rocket review. So, go out and get your copy today!

Go Get Publisher Rocket Now!


The Best Laptops for Writers and Authors

So, you've decided to throw away the old typewriter and enter the 21st century.

Now it's time for you to start your next novel on a sleek, new machine. But not just any machine... You should opt for one of the best laptops for writers!

But aren't all keyboards the same? Nope.

What about the screens? Double nope.

There's actually quite a bit to look for when looking for laptops especially when choosing your next writing platform. But don't worry, I got you covered. I've gone out and done the research on what I find to be the 5 best laptops for authors!

Let's check it out.

The Best Laptops for Writers Ranked Best to Worst

1. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Best PC)

My top pick of the best laptops for writers is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. This Lenovo claims to be an Ultra-No Brainer choice.

Serious words there, Lenovo. But they back every one of them up. It weighs in at just under 2 and a half pounds putting it in contention for the lightest laptop around. And it's power... Oh boy. It comes available with an 8th Gen Intel Core vPro. Couple that with 16 GB of memory and 1 TB of SSD storage, and you have one heck of a machine. But it isn't just all muscle. It comes with some awesomely awesome features including:

  • Intel Thunderbolt 3 Technology
  • Rapid Charge Capability--Go from 0 to 80% Battery in just one hour!
  • Voice Command capable with Cortana Premium
  • ThinkShutter
  • and much, much more!

There's definitely a reason this PC takes our spot at Numero Uno!

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2. Apple MacBook Air (Best Mac)

Now this girl, she ain't a Mac user or Apple fanatic. I had an iPhone 4s back in the day and that was it. (And yep. I had a Zune.) But you got to give credit where credit is due. Apple's MacBook Air is so awesome, it's making me thinking twice about buying a Mac. These laptops pride themselves on being the thinnest and lightest full function laptop around, and the newest model isn't any different.  But that's not it, the MacBook Air boasts some seriously luxurious features. It comes equipped with Touch ID--meaning all you need is your fingerprint to unlock it. Or it's newly revamped backlit keyboard for your darkly lit pleasure. And with up to 16 GB of memory and 1.5 TB of SSD storage, this laptop will be sure to handle any task thrown its way.

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3. Microsoft Surface Go (Best for On the Go Writers)

Powerful enough to be a laptop. Portable enough to be a tablet. What exactly is the Microsoft Go?

It's an amazing hybrid that finds its way onto our list of the best laptops for writers.

The Surface Go comes with a ten inch Pixel Sense display that provides touch screen capabilities and touch pen use. Or simply connect the keyboard and it turns into a mini-laptop. Since the case and the keyboard are one in the same, this is an awesome laptop for writers who tend to work away from home. Whether you're adventure blogging from Cebu or writing that screenplay at your local coffee shop, the Surface Go is perfect for you.

Wrapped neatly inside its Gorilla Glass shell is up to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD storage. A unique and awesome tablet/laptop experience.

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4. Lenovo Yoga c930 (Best Battery Life)

Are you into Yoga? Cause I sure am!

Well, the Lenovo Yoga anyway. This girl can barely touch her toes. But I digress. In our second entry from Lenovo, the Yoga is another one of those unique platforms of the computing world. It's another hybrid. One part laptop, one part tablet, and all parts awesome.

The Yoga really focuses on its audio and video quality. With the elite models using Dolby Atmos tech and 4k Dolby Vision, the Yoga more than provides an adequate A/V experience. They can also come equipped with fingerprint recognition and Cortana voice commands. But maybe the coolest part is its battery life. The Yoga can last up to 15 hours on a single charge. Now that's some real power.

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5. Acer Chromebook (Ballin on a Budget Award)

If you're looking a machine to get the job done on a budget, then the Acer Chromebook is the one for you. It's lightweight and portable. It has the computing power to get your writing work done. And... it's substantially cheaper than most options on the market. It runs on a homegrown Google OS which performs well enough as is. However, this Google OS does cause some problems for writers or users. Most of the third-party tools that writers may want to use such as Scrivener and Publisher Rocket do not support Chromebook. There just isn't a market for it yet. But perhaps with the growing popularity of Chromebook and Google's OS, changes could be just around the corner.

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What to Look for When Buying a New Laptop

Buying a laptop isn't a decision you should run head first into. It's a major purchase that requires care and thought. You need to make sure you have enough for your current needs. And maybe some future needs as well. Do you plan on holding video conferences or need webcam capability? Do you plan on using your computer as a hardcore gaming platform or for casual writing? Or are you going to be doing some hardcore writing?

Coordinating your needs should be your first step.

Important Tech Specs for a New Laptop for Writers

Let's take a look at some of the specifics that  writer would need to analyze prior to purchase.

OS (Operating System)

In our list of the Best Laptops for Writers, there are three different OS's. Windows. Mac. and Google. But which do you prefer? I've clearly stated my love for PC, but many writers actually prefer Mac. Macs are known for their caterings to creative and artistic folk such as authors. They also have exclusive programs for authors such as Vellum! Most writers using Google normally do so because they've purchased a Chromebook based on our next reason.


When purchasing a new laptop, you definitely need to consider your budget. Look, here's a truth bomb. Not all of us writers end up as Stephen King. And some of us can't necessarily leave our day jobs to pursue writing just yet. But that doesn't mean you should give up on a new machine. Just be wary of your budget. Now, Chromebooks are generally the least expensive option you'll find. They're not terrible and easy on the wallet. But they lack certain luxuries provided by other platforms. Macs, on the other hand, tend to be on the more expensive side of things, but that's not to say PCs aren't expensive either. They can definitely get up there. But they also have many more cheaper options than Mac.

Keyboard and Touchpad

If you didn't think that the keyboard would be a major factor when choosing the best laptops for writers... You might be in the wrong field. Test out the keys before you pick it up. Are they tactile enough? Is there enough vertical space for the keys to travel? Some keyboards have wider sets between individual keys which can be better (or worse) for smaller (or larger hands). Also, if you're a full-time writer, you don't want a flimsy keyboard. Trust me. I've been through enough keyboards to realize this. Another thing that I made sure my laptop has when it comes to keys is... a backlit keyboard. Seriously, this has come in handy more often than not.

Another thing to check is the touchpad. If you don't plan on using an external mouse, your touchpad will be your chief way of navigating your screen. Macs are famous for their awesome touchpads and the different commands that can be executed from them. Me... I find them to be too complicated for my taste. I actually prefer to use an external mouse.

What Laptop Should I Get?

Well, I can't necessarily answer that for you. Everybody has different needs. For example, I have a very heavy hand and spend almost 6 hours a day on my keyboard. So, I needed something that could handle my oafishness. I also needed a backlit keyboard and many plugs for external devices such as a mouse, phone, and others.

I'm also not a fan of Mac. Just my personal preference. I've just been using Windows since the DOS days and reuse to head over to the light side of Mac. That's why I'm on Windows. I also need a heavy graphic card for web design and video editing. So, my setup will probably be worlds apart from a casual writer's.

But that's just my two cents. Either way, let me know what setups you're running in comments below! Love to hear what going on with my fellow writers.





Kindle Paperwhite vs Kindle Oasis: Which is Best for You?

Kindle Paperwhite vs Kindle Oasis?

Does it really matter? I mean there's still print!

What’s more cozy than snuggling up with a good book in front of a crackling fire?

Doing so from the comfort of your favorite leather bound armchair and a glass of 1985 Castello di Ama Merlot.

However, if you’re like me… the glow of the crackling fire has been replaced by the soft tint of street lights from my apartment window. The armchair… an old futon (remnant of a younger time). And that wine… replaced with a hot mug of Earl Grey-- two sugars and a squeeze of lemon.

But the book. That stays the same right? The crisp turn of a page. Creaking of a leather spine opening to reveal the adventure inside. The smell of paper turned more than its fair share of times.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

As much as I would love to own a library full, realistically, I just don’t have the space. Or the cash. Now, I do keep a few of favorites in print form. BUT… when books are a major part of your life, a scant selection of print does not for a very merry life make. So, I have turned a lot of my book reading towards the 21st century.

That’s right. Ebooks.

Now, there are a ton of e-reader devices out there. And when it comes to e-readers, Amazon Kindle is leading the charge. The word Kindle has become synonymous with e-reader just as Coke has for really any carbonated beverage. (Southern folks, I’m looking at you.)

And when it comes to Kindles, there are two major options in my eyes. The Paperwhite and the Oasis. In all reality, both of these devices get my seal of approval. Each have the quality you would expect from an Amazon product and the ability to access Amazon’s Kindle store. But it’s their differences that set them apart from one another. That being said…

Let’s take a closer look at these two industry leaders and some features to help determine which one is right for you!

Kindle Paperwhite


Kindle Oasis


Kindle Paperwhite vs Kindle Oasis--Price

The Kindle Oasis is Amazon’s flagship top of the line e-reader. And for good reason. It comes with many unique qualities and features. But along with those top notch features comes a price to match it. Starting at $249.99, the Oasis does boast a pretty steep price point.

The Kindle Paperwhite, on the other hand, is much more budget friendly. Coming in at $129.99, the Paperwhite is substantially less expensive than the Oasis.

These prices may seem to be a little steep--especially that of the Oasis. But things do need to be considered. Your average NYT Bestseller costs around $15 for a hard cover and $8 for a paperback copy. E-books on the other hand are usually half the price.

For avid readers, e-books are much more cost effective than print. Investing in a quality reader may be worth your while.

Kindle Paperwhite vs Kindle Oasis-- Design Construction

Price isn’t the only difference these two have. (Well duh, Samantha!) But their are key differences in the actual construction of the two.

The Kindle Paperwhite isn't all too heavy. Weighing in at 191g, it is constructed of a thick plastic body with a soft back coating. While the Paperwhite doesn’t feel flimsy… It lacks that certain premium touch.

That’s where the Kindle Oasis shines.

The Oasis has swapped out the plastic body for that of aluminum. And a sleek looking aluminum as well! Its beveled edges give it a sleek, angular design which holds great in your hands. Not only that but, the Oasis clocks in at 194g (another great lightweight option) making this a great holding experience.

But the materials used aren’t just it. The Paperwhite uses the industry standard touchscreen. Simply tap and swipe your way to a happy ending. But Oasis is not so run of the mill. It comes equipped with PagePress buttons.

PagePress buttons seem kind of wonky at first, but you will get accustomed to them very quickly. They work to replicate the feeling of real buttons. These are actual found on the back bezels. They are activated by placing appropriate pressure on the applicable bezel. It takes a few minutes to learn, but in the end… They are really comfortable and help keep your screen smudge-free.

Speaking of…

Kindle Paperwhite vs Kindle Oasis: Screen and Display

A screen’s a screen right? I mean, they can’t be that different.

Or can they?

The Paperwhite is equipped with a 300ppi (Pixel per inch) display. This is the same pixel resolution that was debuted with the Oasis. So… the Paperwhite does have an absolutely wonderful resolution. But… once again the Oasis has some tricks up its sleeve.

The Oasis comes equipped with a micro-etched glass screen (unlike the plastic display of the Paperwhite). This is an awesome feature! The tempered glass is more resistant to scuffs and scratches--especially useful if you happen to have a few cantankerous cats running around who love to jump on everything… But I digress. And the micro-etching… That helps to prevent reflections.

Not only does the Oasis have a glass screen, but adaptive light technology. This makes transitions from dark to light and vice versa extremely useful. And this is done with 12 separate LEDs compared to the Paperwhite's 5.

IMHO, both displays are just great. But the Oasis takes the cake.

Tech Specs

Now, most of this is pretty much the same.

Both have the same battery life--a staggering 6 weeks! I wish I had other batteries that lasted that long…

Each come with 8 or 32GB of internal storage. This might not seem like much in today’s day and age, but remember that ebooks don’t take up much space. As a matter of fact, each reader can hold thousands of book on their internal storage. If for some reason you need more space, you can always avail of free cloud storage.

So What’s the Bottom Line?

The real question here is:

So, Paperwhite vs Oasis?

And the answer is…. Not that clear.

For those who are full on dedicated to ebooks, the Oasis is probably your best bet. It has so many great features and wonderful specifications. The major setback here is the price.

But no need to worry, the Paperwhite is also a wonderful option! Although the Paperwhite lacks some of the bells and whistles of the Oasis, that does not make it any less viable an option. The Paperwhite is ideal for casual readers looking to enter the world of ebooks.

Well, that’s my take! If you have any experience with either of these, feel free to comment below and let me know what you think. Looking forward to hearing from you.