ok I missed a lot tonight
Their usernames (currently "inactive", according to the email) are macaine (Michaila A Caine), agcaine (Alana G Caine), and elcaine (Emma L Caine) -- I'll have to give some thought to whether I want their names or just their usernames used... I'm leaning toward the usernames.
so if I understand you correctly, I should open their reader pages with twice the same name (eg macaine). I should not mention their real names. That's fine. We do as you wish.
Just wanted to be clear.
Regarding sound effects: yes, this was just a vocal effect, where the text indicates that Jasper Jay made his best imitation of the unknown "bird"
an occasional squawk will probably be acceptable
if you're not overdoing it in every sentence. By sound effect I was more fearing that you would use intro music between each chapter and so on. That's a path we'd rather not go because of copyright issues.
you now should have access to the Magic Window, so you can put the link in there and mark the section "Ready for PL". Let me know if you need help with that.
But it inspired my other daughter to want to make a stuck-in-the-throat spluttering cough-cough reaction that was narrated, so I overlaid that in, and you can tell me if it's in keeping with the spirit and integrity of librivox recording. I'm fine if not.
I let Larry listen to this. The thumb-rule is usually, the text should clearly be understandable, I'm not sure if maybe the coughing or gagging sound you overlaid is making the sentence unclear. Then it would best be removed. Better would be if the coughing sound appeared before she spoke, like they would do that in theatre plays.
And no, to answer Sonia's question: we're not all around one microphone. Multiple microphones are used. I decided on two, here... I may do it slightly differently if I wind up re-recording chapter 4. Once we get a configuration, we'll keep it the same throughout.
ok it's fine whatever gear you use if the end result sounds good
Oh, the references to "section" threw me a little -- I assumed that since this was chapter (section?) 4, I could use the "shorter" intro, and did so. This would be easy to replace with the longer if I've misinterpreted. I assume that chapter 1 has to be the longer, and thought that the meaning of the words there suggested that subsequent chapters could take the shorter form (?)
yes you're correct. You can also say "Chapter" in this case, since they are all chapters. Only use the same wording throughout the book to stay consistent. First chapter: full intro. Other chapters: short intro. Last chapter: full outro.
Oh, another thing you might want to comment on is whether or not my daughters' voices are over-animated. I was surprised, actually, when we started reading, that they wanted to animate their voices that much, but I didn't say anything. I'm not sure if comprehension suffers - the opinion of another party would come in handy there.
I am not surprised. Children love to act
And not only children: I am very active in the drama forum, so for me, animated reading is an absolute plus. You want to entertain with your book, especially for children. But you're correct, the comprehension should not suffer. So I would say, if they can speak lively, so much the better. But don't overdo it on the artificially enhancing and overlaying sound effects. Let's say, imagine you 4 are sitting in front of a kindergarten class and doing a group reading, everything you can do with your voices on that day will be fine, but you would not bring your computer for that session and start overlaying coughs and such.
For the rest, I let Larry listen to it.
It sounds like you're having fun, and that's already a great thing.