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The Podcast for This Thread is at http://www.jackspirko.com/episode-109-if-dont-have-time-to-write-a-book-speak-a-book

Okay so I am the “insane internet entrepreneur” but have I now gone over the deep end?  How the hell do you speak a book, not an audio book but an honest to God real book with pages and covers, etc.  It is called transcription, you make a recording and pay someone to transcribe it.  Generally speaking I have noticed the cost to be about 75-125 per hour of audio with sometimes it being more or less based on the quality of the recording and the number of speakers.  So if part of it is an “interview” you can expect to pay a bit more.  Yet this is a great option and had I done this myself I would likely have 20 published books by now, vs. 4 that are all half finished.

Join me today as I discuss…

    Running some numbers on the cost of production
    Editing, professional or self editing or a hybrid
    Producing your book in multiple formats
    Selling the “down and dirty audio” at a premium
    You don’t have to be a great speaker, you just have to be easy to understand
    Writing really great books and letting others do the work
    Hey it worked for Gary Vaynerchuck
    Some things you are better off writing anyway, but may be not

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Re: Episode-109- If Don’t Have Time to Write a Book, Speak a Book
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2012, 12:43:46 PM »
Ok you just solved a lot of my problems just now.  ;D

This seems like a good place to try Fiverr out.
http://fiverr.com/gigs/search?query=transcribe&x=0&y=0

Great idea... are they going to write "Ummmm" every five seconds? LOL
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Re: Episode-109- If Don’t Have Time to Write a Book, Speak a Book
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2012, 01:24:19 PM »
Thanks for the shout out :)

I'm definitely going to do this for my next project.
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Re: Episode-109- If Don’t Have Time to Write a Book, Speak a Book
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2012, 10:11:06 PM »
Has anyone considered just buying Dragon or a similar speech to text program?  Seems cheaper than hiring someone.  You know me, as a programmer I love putting people out of work ;)

http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm
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Re: Episode-109- If Don’t Have Time to Write a Book, Speak a Book
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2012, 10:54:10 PM »
Has anyone considered just buying Dragon or a similar speech to text program?  Seems cheaper than hiring someone.  You know me, as a programmer I love putting people out of work ;)

http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm

All I can say is a lot of people offered to do transcripts of my show for free, with the idea of doing that.  A few days later I get an email about how it doesn't work.  So if it works for you fine but the results others have gotten haven't been stellar. 

That said Siri on my iPhone seems 95% accurate.

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Re: Episode-109- If Don’t Have Time to Write a Book, Speak a Book
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2012, 03:41:42 PM »
Has anyone considered just buying Dragon or a similar speech to text program?  Seems cheaper than hiring someone.  You know me, as a programmer I love putting people out of work ;)

http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm

I considered it and priced the software out on amazon.com. I also priced out the cost of one of those foot pedals transcribers use to just do it myself.

Then I realized this is the type of thinking an employee takes. Not a business person.

For me it makes more sense to outsource all the tasks that I can so I can focus on the tasks that can't be outsourced.
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Re: Episode-109- If Don’t Have Time to Write a Book, Speak a Book
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2012, 04:48:10 AM »
The Dragon Dictation application is free for iPhone. You can try it out but you can't train it like the desktop version.
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Re: Episode-109- If Don’t Have Time to Write a Book, Speak a Book
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2012, 11:01:17 AM »
Has anyone considered just buying Dragon or a similar speech to text program?  Seems cheaper than hiring someone.  You know me, as a programmer I love putting people out of work ;)

http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm
Then I realized this is the type of thinking an employee takes. Not a business person.

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