Last updated 20 July 2023
Are you an author or publisher who is ready to get your titles into AUDIOBOOKS?
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.
The resources listed below were found on a variety of sites and are organized by topic.
Self Published Book Launch from A-Z
Before you can think about the audiobook, you need to write and publish the book! NY Times bestselling author Travis Baldree wrote this comprehensive guide of things he learned in the process of writing and releasing his first book.
Thinking About Audiobooks
Karen Commins’s Setting Sail Into Audiobooks video
In this 41-minute video, I:
- explore the audiobook landscape (beginning at 2:43)
- explain reasons every author should produce audiobooks of their books (beginning at 7:23)
- demonstrate Amazon Whispersync capability between an audiobook and Kindle ebook (beginning at 10:19)
- offer specific tips about ways to write with audio in mind (beginning at 12:09)
- advise the viewer about the audiobook production process and gives concrete information about using ACX.com to create an audiobook, including payment for production costs and distribution options (beginning at 22:04)
- John Marshall Media produces audiobooks for all the major publishers.
- Note the timestamps in the Youtube description to jump to specific points about the video, most of which relate to the categories below.
All About Audiobook Production for Authors (comprehensive)
Getting Started from the Audio Publishers Association
Writing With Audiobooks in Mind (Hint: You’ll Become a Better Writer!)
Audiobook 101 for Authors VA Festival for the Book 2021
Audiobook Rights and Production Overview
Distributor Comparison Chart
My chart on NarratorsRoadmap.com is for site members only and compares 6 popular distributors across 22 individual criteria.
Author as Narrator
Advice, Articles, and Tutorials to Help You Get Started With ACX
How to Make an Audio Book Using ACX (Step-by-Step) best tutorial I’ve found — with screenshots
Payment Options and Narrators’ Views About Royalty Share Projects
Negotiate Your Perfect Deal with Royalty Share Plus (be sure to read all of the comments and go through the links in the ACX help system as they provide more explanation)
Audiobooks Without Audible: The Hard Lessons I’ve Learned Routing Around Amazon Cory Doctorow describes how he used Kickstarter to fund and market his audiobooks.
How to Pay for Audiobook Production
- Don’t be in a hurry to do your whole series at one time. Save the royalties from the first book to pay the costs of the 2nd one.
- Use the creative exercise described in this article to uncover other sources of funds.
- The chart below summarizes funding options for audiobooks created on ACX.
Auditioning and Choosing Your Narrator
Karen Commins’s 2-part series in InD’tale Magazine:
The Finished Audiobook
Other Sites to Assist Indie Authors
AudiobookRevolution.com — Casting, production via ACX, narration, audiobook directing
BigHappyFamilyAudio.com — Distributor
FindawayVoices.com — Distributor
Homecooked Books – Marketing services
NarratorList.com — Distributor comparison info in addition to narrator profiles
SpokenRealms.com — Distributor
TheAudioFlow.com — Casting, production, promotion