Record your book: 3 ways to speak your book instead of write it

There are a number of ways you can now have a book without writing it. Some people think best out loud, so talk your book and then edit afterwards. Here are some options:

1. Record it yourself. Buy an audio recording device that creates digital files (under $100) and talk into it. Create mp3 files. Put an ad on www.Elance.com and get bids for someone to transcribe it for you. Then get an editor to craft it into a finished product. If possible, do the proofreading yourself and it’s done. I use a basic recorder for interviews which I get transcribed professionally and returned to me over the internet. It’s cheap and fast.

2. Record over the internet. Use a service like www.IDictate.com where you can do the recording direct over the internet. They then return a typed file for you to edit.

3. Speech to text software. Use software like Dragons Naturally Speaking http://www.nuance.com where the software recognizes your voice and writes it on the screen for you. Edit from there. All of these will give you a written file that you then have to edit and shape into a book, but the bulk of writing is done in a different way. You can then get a freelance editor to help you shape the final product – try http://www.elance.com

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