Are you’re an author or publisher with a print book and an ebook, but you haven’t created an audiobook? The process for creating an audiobook can seem daunting at first. Here’s a broad outline of how you can work with me to create an audiobook that you can sell on Audible and iTunes.
1. Find a narrator for your book who is experienced with the entire audiobook production process (if you’re here, you’ve already found one, but if you need a male voice or another type of accent, there are lots of other narrators out there!).
2. Discuss your payment options with me. I offer flat fee payments and a royalty split option with no up-front author payment for some authors.
3. Talk to me about your project, including your budget, your timeline, and your expectations for your book. Do you have certain characters with specific intonations? Make sure your narrator understands how to narrate your book before you start your project.
4. Sign up for an account in the Audiobook Creation Exchange or Author’s Republic. These are sites where you can easily upload and distribute your book to Audible and iTunes, and provides an easy way for authors and narrators to work together on an audiobook project. I will walk you through this process. It’s easy! I can also explain the different licensing options you can pursue.
5. I’ll record the first chapter in your book and upload it for you to review. I’ll provide you with a comment form to note any changes in the audio file. If you have any requested changes, just ask!
6. As we move through the project, I’ll upload each completed chapter as I finish it. You will be able to listen to each chapter and provide feedback. I’ll add any changes to the files, and upload the finished files.
7. When the project is finished, the author or publisher will have all of the files and you can upload them to the ACX system for a quality check and for distribution to Audible and iTunes.
See? It’s easy for authors and publishers to create audiobooks! If you’re interested in what’s involved in creating an audiobook yourself, I’m in the process of writing some blog posts that explain the entire process (it’s pretty involved).