My fellow narrators and I often contact authors about creating audiobooks of their books. Many times, the author tells me that her publisher has the audio rights, or she isn’t sure who owns them.
Authors could make more money by exercising as many subsidiary rights as possible for each book, especially the audio rights. The audiobook industry is on a 3-year trend of double digit growth that shows no sign of slowing.
If you have your audio rights, you could contract with a narrator or producer to create an audiobook. You also could choose to license your
When you receive an email from a Nigerian prince, you probably think, “This so-called prince is just somebody who wants to take my money.”
Other types of emails may cause the same reaction. Authors are inundated every week with solicitations from marketing and web site gurus, proofers, webinar hosts, and more. It could be easy to become jaded to the constant barrage of offers.
However, one email that isn’t a scam is the one from an audiobook narrator who wants to collaborate with you on producing your audiobook. The reaction to that kind of email should be one of giddy
In my Feb. 2016 article 6 Low-Cost Avenues for Greater Audiobook Sales in InD’tale Magazine, I suggested to authors that they look for podcasts and seek interviews on shows that are a good fit for their book. I was delighted to read a case study today on the ACX.com blog about Glen Tate’s success with appearing on podcasts and selling more audiobooks as a result.
However, his persistent promotion of his audiobook editions is only one part of his success. Even more important is the fact that he avoided 3 costly mistakes that
It was exciting to attend the RT Booklovers’ Convention here in Atlanta last week with over 25 of my fellow audiobook narrators from across the country. Several members of the group organized and participated on educational panels about audiobooks, and we all contributed for a booth in the Bazaar.
In talking with people who came to our booth, I noticed 3 reasons authors shy away from audiobooks.1) Authors aren’t sure about consumer demand for audiobooks.
One person who never listens to audiobooks asked me the average price for one. When I said it might be $15-$20,
Since many indie authors and smaller publishers are new to the world of audiobooks, I thought you might like to have a quick overview of the 7 players on an audiobook production team:
1. Rights Holder 2. Producer 3. Director 4. Narrator 5. Sound Engineer 6. Audio Editor 7. Proof Listener
One person may be responsible for several phases of the process. For instance, on ACX.com, Audible’s marketplace connecting rights holders with narrators, I’m the audiobook producer in addition to being the narrator.
My husband Drew serves as both the director and sound engineer in all of
The fantastic info found in this list of links will better prepare you for the task, especially if you plan to use Audible’s Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX.com) for the production process.
If you feel overwhelmed about audiobook production, you may want to cut to the chase and hire an experienced narrator and producer.
Want to create an audiobook of your book but feel overwhelmed about the process?
Concerned that you will pick the wrong narrator?
Afraid that you will need to spend hours that you don’t have in requesting changes to an unsatisfactory production?
Sit back and R-E-L-A-X!
In fact, you can head to the beach because you’ve found an experienced producer and narrator to whom you can hand off your book without worry! 🌴
As a full-time and Audible Approved audiobook narrator, I love interpreting your words on the printed page and creating a pristine recording that allows today’s ultra busy
You can easily find other audiobook enthusiasts by signing into Twitter and subscribing to one or more of my 4 comprehensive lists of audiobook tweeps.
The Twitter list is for reading tweets from a curated group of people. You can’t tweet to the list.
Its usefulness lies in the fact that all of these people are grouped together in one place. You’ll be able to stay focused on audiobooks and correspond with audiobook folks without following all of them individually.https://twitter.com/KarenCommins/lists/audiobook-narrators https://twitter.com/KarenCommins/lists/romance-narrators (a subset of narrators found on the site RomanceNarrators.com)
Last updated 4 July 2017
Don’t you just LOVE to market your audiobooks?
I think many people would answer an emphatic NO! to that question, in part because they feel uncertain how to proceed.
This page will give you plenty of creative ideas for promoting your audiobook!
Social Media and Other Tactics
My article in the February 2016 issue of InD’tale Magazine, “6 Low-Cost Avenues For Greater Audiobook Sales”, references my 2 ACX articles below and offers even more promotional and marketing ideas: author mentions (9 ideas), AudiobookBoom.com, Whispersync, QR codes, podcasts, and
An author recently wrote that her fans were demanding audiobooks, but she couldn’t afford to spend any money up-front for the narrator’s fee and other costs of production.
Narrators frequently bemoan the fact that, instead of narrating the next book, they are spending too much time editing an audiobook because they can’t afford to hire an editor.
Thinking or saying “I can’t afford it” is often a knee-jerk reaction immediately offered by Resistance to keep you from taking action toward the