Let The Q&A Begin! 1st Up: A question of moola

I had so many great questions submitted for my newsletter that I wanted to take some time and talk about it on my blog. I know, I know. Newsletter, blog, Twitter, Facebook…there’s so much ME going around that maybe it’s a bit much. Just trying to play the promotion game. A girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do to keep the promo machine going. And, you know, I actually like it. At any rate…if you missed the newsletter, click on this to read it.

I couldn’t fit all the questions in because, well, some of your questions were really long. Some didn’t even require and answer. And some questions are better answered not by myself, but from someone else…like…say….a character from one of my books. So bring on the questions and answers, real and imagined.


Bob Caustic writes: “Talking about money is so crass. When you narrate an audio book do you get paid a flat fee, royalties or both?”

TANYA: Well, I’m like a C or D class narrator. I’m not being hard on myself, it’s just an A Class would be like Jim Dale or a celebrity. B class are professional narrators who work for the big publishing companies. Then there are those who get Audie awards and acclimations…then there’s uhm…me. I’m over here. Sitting on a log. I have mayonnaise on my chin. It’s awkward.

But I do love narrating, even if I’m not a big fish. That said, I get paid per CD I record, so it’s a flat rate. No royalties at all for me. It’s probably different for those high class type narrators, but so far, I don’t know what that’s like. I think they also probably have someone make them coffee. Me, I have to bring my own mug.