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stories2music (s2m) started out as a way to teach myself how to use Audacity sound editing software. I am an online college teacher who teaches educational technology classes and various writing classes. I wanted to be able to teach digital storytelling, so I needed to learn Audacity.
It was an amazing, astonishing and extraordinary experience because every story that I recorded matched the music I chose absolutely perfectly--as if it was written specifically for each story. You can read "The Stories of the Stories" on the s2m blog and see the video
I now have 16 stories completed. They are listed on the "Listen" page of my s2m website. The stories are flash fiction stories narrated over short, orchestral film music; some also have sound effects.
Since 2011, I have funded the stories myself ($1950.00 for music licensing, $475 for copyright fees and $233 for graphic licensing for the website and ebooks). However, the music licensing for the stories are "web listening only" licenses that allow the stories to be put on a website for listening. They cannot be sold or distributed via web download or on a CD. I have been offering free access to my stories and ebooks on my s2m website.
I want to sell the stories on Amazon Audible, but I must have music "sale" licenses, which are expensive. I want to be able to sell them so that the income will allow me to continue to create and license more stories.
I have two sets of stories: 6 stand-alone stories and 10 stories in a collection called "True Love Imagined." Eleven have web-only licensing, and 5 still need to be licensed. These 5 can be accessed on my pending website, but this is only for the purpose of feedback and this Kickstart project; the link cannot be given to anyone else: http://www.stories2music.com/pending.html
The music licenses are through West One Music and APM music. I have negotated a good deal with my account reps. for sale licenses for all 16 stories. They are supportive of this project and will give me a reduced rate for the sale licenses.
Amazon Audible requires that e-books are first published on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. One stand-alone story, "The Boy Who Was Loved by the Wind," and the 10-story "True Love Imagined" e-books are now on Amazon for sale.
The next step is getting music "sale" licensing, so I can submit the stories to Amazon Audible. Amazon has a WhisperSync technology that links the ebooks with the audio stories.
There is a movement now in the audio book industry where the publishers are producing audio books with full casts, music and Foley sound effects to make them more like the old radio shows. Interest in these types of audio books is growing. My stories have perfectly-matching music and some have sound effects.
Now is the right time for me to sell my stories. I have invested quite a bit of time and money in this project. I need funding for the "sale" licenses. Your help is appreciated.
Risks and challenges
There is some risk that Amazon Audible won't accept the the audio stories for publication, but Amazon Kindle Direct has accepted the two e-books, so it is likely that they will want the audio versions, especially with their WhisperSync technology that links ebooks to the audio stories.
Once I have the sale licenses, I would need to format the audio files for Amazon Audible according to their recording specifications. This may take a month or so if the current recordings need to be tweaked or re-recorded to fit Audible specifications.
If the stories are not accepted, I would add a shopping cart to my s2m website and sell the stories from my website.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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