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Audiobooks – Part 6 – Prep & Production

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in 2016, articles, Audiobook, Latest | 0 comments

Once you’ve selected a narrator, here are some tips for preparing for the production process Ask the narrator to read the entire book before beginning recording. I don’t believe this is standard procedure, but it can’t hurt to ask—my narrator agreed to this, and said she found it helpful. Provide the narrator with a brief biography of each character...

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Audiobooks – Part 5 – Engaging a (Non-Author) Narrator

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in 2016, articles, Audiobook, Latest | 0 comments

Based on the considerations detailed in Part 4 of Audiobook Production for The Indy Author—“Who Will Narrate?”—I knew I wanted to engage a professional narrator (not narrate my audiobook myself). This post is a high level description of what came next in my work with ACX, and some tips I gleaned along the way. Post your book excerpt. Make sure you use a...

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Audiobooks – Part 4 – Who Will Narrate?

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in 2016, articles, Audiobook, Latest | 0 comments

One of the most important decisions you will make about your audiobook is whether to narrate it yourself or whether to hire a professional narrator / producer. Each approach has its pros and cons, based on my experience with ACX … As an author narrator, you know exactly how it is “supposed” to sound. With a professional narrator, you get the valuable...

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Audiobooks – Part 3 – Pricing and Royalties

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in 2016, articles, Audiobook, Latest | 0 comments

One disconcerting thing about ACX is that, unlike with print or ebook, the author has no control over the price of the product. In general, audiobooks on Audible are priced based on length—for example, a book less than one hour is generally priced at less than $7, a book over 20 hours is generally priced at $25-$35. However, this is a guideline only, and...

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Audiobooks – Part 2 – Picking a Platform

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in 2016, articles, Audiobook, Latest | 0 comments

In my last post, I discussed how you can Maximize Your Reach by adding audio in addition to print and ebooks formats in order to cover all the ways that your audience may want to consume your content. In this post, I’ll discuss picking a platform. This was actually a pretty easy decision for me. As in so many areas of independent publishing, Amazon is the...

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Audiobooks – Part 1 – Maximize Your Reach

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in 2016, articles, Audiobook, Latest | 0 comments

When I published my first novel, The Sense of Death, in print and ebook formats, I thought I had all my bases covered. Then my mentor, Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn, encouraged me to consider audio, and I discovered a whole new way to Maximize My Reach to my potential audience! (My three guiding principles of independent publishing are Focus Your Goals...

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