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Looking for a Freelance Audiobook Narrator to Hit a New Market? I have a suggestion….

Are you looking for a narrator to turn your book into an audio book?

Thinking about reaching another market with your book by tapping into those who listen to audio books?

Every once in awhile we like to showcase some other people offering services that authors might use that we don’t do. Today, meet Joe Hempel, freelance audiobook narrator and lover of books.

An avid reader of the written word, he’s been formerly known for his numerous book reviews; however, his everyday production experience in his regular job spurred him into recording audio books. And he’s quickly rising up as someone with a great tone and a knack for characters.


Here are some samples that you can listen to for some of his latest books, as well as praise from people reading books from the Audible site which tout his ability. He’s not been at this long, but he’s already well-liked. These samples are in the horror/thriller genres, but he is willing to do all genres.

If you’re looking for someone to voice your work, Joe might be an option for quality work with a friendly attitude and at very reasonable prices. Get in with Joe while you can, as his prices are way below the going rate!

You can contact Joe via the email jhempel32@gmail.com. If that doesn’t float your boat, I’m happy to facilitate services with Joe for you as well. Just drop me a line.

Also if you’re a reader, if you’d like to review the below titles on Audible, you can get one from Joe in exchange for an honest review! Just let him know at the above email.


Prologue from the book Hybrid by Lawrence W. Gold, MD

Chapter 7 from Under the Amoral Bridge by Gary Ballard

Coming soon, check back!

An excerpt from a short story in SLUSH collection by Glenn Rolfe

Praise for Joe as Narrator for Under the Amoral Bridge:

I.A. Clark:  “A racy, well-written tale that’s doesn’t lean too heavily on the frontal lobes – a kind of Bugs Bunny meets The Matrix. Confidently read by Joe Hempel, who brings the characters to life whilst reeling-off 2028 cyberpunk-talk as if he’s spoken it from childhood.”

Sines:  “The narration makes the story come alive. I could just close my eyes and see the seedy bars, the dark alleys, the guys who just wanna beat something to a pulp.”

Teresa:  “Joe Hempel did an awesome job narrating this story. He has great characterization skills and with multiple accents I could always tell who was speaking. He has super voice control with a nice tone. He also kept the story moving at a perfect pace with good, clean voice inflections. He made this audiobook an excellent listen.”

Praise for Joe as Narrator for Hybrid:

Carol P. Roman:  “Joe Hempel takes two dry subjects, history and science and reads with confidence and the ability to create visuals of each character.”

I.A. Clark:  “Joe has an attractive voice and delivered his lines clearly. I could listen to him all day (…and did).”

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Happy New Year from Hook of a Book: Thoughts for 2014! #books

snoopy new yearReaders, Writers, Authors, Friends: Happy New Year 2014! I wish you all much love, peace, success, and plenty of reading for this new year. Always a fan of new beginnings, renewals, and starting fresh, the ushering in of January 1 always finds me reflecting on my past year and deciding what I can improve upon or work towards changing. What are you goals for this year for reading or writing? For your career or family? I’d love to hear.

In fact, one of my goals is to get you all conversing more with me here on my blog and on my Facebook pages. If you like to talk books, a great place to go other than my blog is www.facebook.com/HookofaBook or catch me on Twitter at @ErinAlMehairi.

I hope to finally get more head-way on the 4 books and 2 novellas or short stories I have in process so I can make time for the list of ideas for more novels and stories. I am obsessed with finding more time to write. So many of you have had plenty of advice on this, but when it comes down to it, with our life and family and my career and reading, I just haven’t made the time. And honestly, it takes me being a little more stress free to be able to write creatively. I envy the author friends I know who write productively, even better, while under stress. I do that in my marketing and journalism work as deadline writing is what I do, but not fiction. And honestly, for some of my books, the research does consume some of the free time.

At any rate, I’ve had the pleasure in my personal business, Addison’s Compass Public Relations, to work with many interesting people over the last four years. I’ve been working to take on more writing work to end out 2013, as well as add services for authors. My desire is for all authors to see that they are a BRAND, and therefore, must educate the public on their brand. I feel I need to go where my passions lie, so for me that is books, travel, photography, food, history, family, and health. It’s what I hope to write about and market for 2014.

With Hook of a Book, I have some great interviews coming up in the next couple months, a Facebook author party in the planning stages and to be announced, some pre-reading, editing, and marketing projects, and a whole bunch of reviews of books I’ve read but haven’t written about yet. Also, I’m super excited for some books to come out that I’ve had some sort of hand in, whether that be editing or pre-reading! You’re going to love them, I think! I LOVE to see a book come to life!

In addition, I’m looking for guest articles from authors, writers, and those in the business of books as well, so if you know anyone, spread the word! I also have some other plans that I am percolating in regards to Hook of a Book, so be sure to stay tuned.

This month of January, I’m going to try to write some Top Lists of 2013 posts. I’ve always wanted to make time to put some of those out and spread more love about the authors and books I enjoy!

My family had quite the year, with so many changes where at times it seemed nothing might go right. I am hoping that since I stayed positive most of the time, then 2014 will come out on the UP end! I am wishing the same for all of you!

It gives me great joy to read and talk about books and to be a part of many writing friendships. Drop me a line anytime at hookofabook(at)hotmail(dot)com if you have anything you’d like to discuss or just want to say hi!


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