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Meet Jamie Tuff & Her Friends
Jamie Tuff: “I just happen to drop into other people’s bodies now and then, but don’t worry, I can’t control it!”
Seveny Brown: “Symbol my arse. That is a dead and stinking bird, attached to a dead and stinking snake!”
George Button: “If I go to Askerwell I’ll be dragged down to hell! Can I take anyone with me?”
Max Lively: “Did you see me smash it? Blake didn’t know what was coming when I wrestled him to the ground!”
Ella Rose Last: “Transparent means being honest, rule-abiding, nice and good. I’m all those things, aren’t I?”
The Location: Welcome to the Island
The Establishment: The Establishment rule No Place. Here is what they have to say: “We in the Establishment save lives through the boundaries we create. Our boundaries are your protectors. And trespassers will be punished.”
Map designed by Joel Sams.
Pity Me: Pity Me is No Place’s largest settlement and its capital.
The Perfects: The Pity Me Perfects are students selected by the Establishment to help them rule, both in school and out. Officially, they are selected for their objectivity and fairness. Really, they are selected from the ranks of the wealthy. The Perfects do not live up to their name.
The Tombland Gang: The Tombland Gang are Pity Me School’s resident thugs. As the Gang’s ranks have swollen, the number of orphans plummeting to their deaths has also grown. The Gang do live up to their name.
Funnella Fitzgerald: “I am the Headmistress of Pity Me School and the Head of the Establishment. But you probably all know that. At least, you ought to…”
Phosphor-Jones, Head of History: “Dreaming is of little use, and not to be cultivated.”
Miss Humfreeze, Head of English: The English teacher’s eyes look like they could tell a thousand tales, and her wide mouth often tells them. The manshu and juvenites love her for this, lapping up her words like they are delicious drops of non-fermented Honeydew.
No Place’s Chief Doctor: “What a wonderful specimen you are! You’ll look perfect sweating out your life in my Laboratory!”
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Chapter 2. Pity Me School (for No Place Boys and Girls)
Chapter 13. Miss Mackadoo and the Brainticklers
Chapter 31. Fireforge
Reading The Summer Sacrifice aloud resulted in multiple revisions being made to the book. Voicing the text let me get close to my characters, see the world from outside of my own head, and it helped me gauge flow, pace and tone. Recording an audiobook seemed a natural conclusion to the publishing process. I looked forward to bringing The Summer Sacrifice to life in this way, and was excited about the potential the book would have to reach a broader audience.
When I was researching how to make and produce an audiobook, I found a podcast on The Creative Penn website, a great site for writers created by author Joanna Penn. During this podcast, acclaimed audiobook producer and author J. Daniel Sawyer talks prospective producers through the process of recording an audiobook, from preproduction to distribution.
Sawyer’s advice is fantastic. Though he stresses it’s a time-intensive and potentially expensive enterprise, he gives clear examples of how to go about creating your audiobook so that neither its quality nor your sanity is compromised.
On his list of things you need, I already had my voice, a good microphone, a basic knowledge of Audacity (an open source sound editing program), a wonderfully geeky boyfriend with a not-so-basic knowledge of Audacity, and a quiet room. I was so excited to commit the story to tape, but on the first day of recording, my preamp broke.
Luckily, my boyfriend gave me a Zoom sound recorder for my birthday.
The actual recording was a bit of a learning curve, and it took twice the time I had anticipated. I was much more adept at the process towards the end of recording the book. With the knowledge I had gained, I then rerecorded The Summer Sacrifice from the beginning.
The audiobook has some sound effects and original music. A few of the sounds are sampled from Sound Jay. Most of the sounds are recorded by me. For example my cat Max has a starring role. He can deliver up indignance, joy and “please feed me!” on a sixpence.
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