Friday, July 03, 2009

Janet Riehl to discuss the process of making her audio book.

We have a special guest on Writers in the Sky Podcast today as Janet Riehl joins Yvonne Perry to talk about Janet's new audio book Sightlines: A Family Love Story in Poetry and Music.

Have you ever wanted to create an audio version of your book? Janet did. In fact, it was a lifelong dream to share her poetry and her family's music. She combined both in a one-of-a-kind audio book that blends and portrays the songs her family wrote and performed. These songs would otherwise have been lost once her father passes. Instead, Janet now has a priceless audio filled with memories that she is sharing with others. See the video documentary series of how this audio book was created over a one-year time period. These You Tube videos were filmed and produced by Yvonne Perry's son-in-law, Scott Kidd.

The audio book Sightlines: A family Love Story in Poetry and Music is available on CD Baby at this link: There, readers can listen to as much as they wish online.

Janet Grace Riehl is a seasoned writer, artist, musician, and storyteller. Although Janet roamed the world and then came home to be near her family, she defies the stereotype of a down-home, heartland gal. Her travels and work have taken her across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. With her father in his 90s, Janet returned to the Midwest to settle in St. Louis, not far from the home place her ancestors founded in the 1860s. In southwest Illinois, it sits high on a bluff above the Mississippi River. After returning to her roots, Janet embraced poetry, memoir, and short stories.

Click here to listen to the interview where Janet explains the process of making an audiobook. Learn more about copyrighting, distribution, and marketing!

Janet's first book Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary is a family love story narrated in story poems that bring together six generations of memories and history. In the words of one reviewer, the collection offers “village wisdom for the 21st century.” Janet's poetry book was recently expanded into an audiobook Sightlines: A Family Love Story in Poetry and Song. This four-disc set includes not only 90 poems, but also music recorded in her father’s parlor along with his jokes and stories that anchor the original poems in their time and place.

Go to to sign up for a 10-minute audio download of poetry and music from Janet's new audio book Sightlines: A Family Love Story in Poetry and Music.

Sightlines: A Poet's Diary is available as a paperback book on Amazon with thirty-one 4- and 5-star reviews.

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L. Diane Wolfe said...

I have a friend who did that with her poetry as well - hired regional singers and produced the whole thing herself.

L. Diane Wolfe

Janet Grace Riehl said...

Diane, on your website I like your use of the word "spunk." It does take spunk to take on our own projects and invest ourselves in them.

What is the name of your friend's audio book?

Yvonne, it's such a pleasure to be on your podcast again. I can see the roads we've traveled in the last three years have taken us both to new and exciting places.

Janet Riehl