If you are publishing a book and want to reach the widest possible audience, you really need an audiobook. It’s the fastest growing segment of the book market and offering an audiobook as well as a print book and ebook ups your professional cred. Creating an audiobook is the most expensive option for book production though, so you also must have an effective author platform with ways to reach your target audience and tempt them to buy your audiobook.
What does audiobook recording and producing involve?
Recording an audiobook isn’t too difficult if you love to read books out loud (ha) but it is time consuming. Most audiobooks have 9,300 words per hour, so you can pretty easily guess the length of your audiobook. For example, if your audiobook is 80,000 words, divide that by 9,300 to get 8.6 hours. However, it takes about 5 hours to create one hour of an audiobook. That’s because first the narrator needs to read your book and get familiar with it. Then, the narrator records. Of course, there’s no way to simply record an entire audiobook in one go, narrators frequently have to stop to fix something. I sometimes stumble over words and have to stop and re-record a sentence. Sometimes I sneeze. Sometimes my throat gets dry and I have to pause and drink some water. Then, when recording is done, the narrator listens to the entire audiobook to 1) compare it to the original text and make sure it exactly matches 2) listen for any weird noises that need to be fixed. Then, after the audio files are perfect, the post-production happens. That’s where we run some processes on the files to remove any low background noises, to make sure the volume is perfect, and to ensure that each file meets the strict requirements for audiobook distributors. It’s a big job! That’s why good audiobook narrators and producers charge what initially seems to be a high rate for one hour of audiobook. You’ll see that the rate isn’t bad considering how long it takes to create your final files. For the example of an audiobook that is 8.6 hours long, it takes about 45 hours to create all of the audio files you can sell.
Here are some samples of some of the audiobooks I’ve narrated and produced:
Fern Cave: Chapter 2, Into the Void
Fern Cave: Chapter 17, Gray Bats
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Chapter 2 YA Urban Fantasy
Sound of Silence