This portion of the process has gone by quickly. The narrator has finished all twenty-four chapters of the book, along with the preparation of a four minute sample. I am currently listening to the entire book one more time before it is handed off to ACX for final preparation. My narrator, Ted Brooks, has informed me that this part can take two to four weeks. So, if everything goes all right, it will hopefully be out by Christmas. In my slightly biased opinion, I think it turned out great.
I did learn one thing in particular during this process, that the manuscript should be read out loud during the review process prior to publication. While following along in the book while listening to the narrator, I spotted editing errors I would have sworn weren't there. The manuscript had been gone through numerous times, by myself, beta readers, and the editor I had hired. I had heard this little tidbit of info about reading your work out loud before, at conferences and during writer's group meetings. I thought "Yeah, sure." Well, it's true. From now on I will read my own manuscripts out loud in an attempt to hopefully catch any issues.
I'll let you know how it goes and when it will be ready to go public. Hope this has been somewhat informative and helpful.
I am a self-employed geologist, land surveyor and indie writer living with my wife, Sandra, in a rural setting south of Wichita, Kansas